Blood Screen | Faculty Staff Fitness
To register for one or more of the following tests, please phone 737-3222 or drop by Langton 123. Schedule dates and times for the blood screenings are also announced through the listserv.
Next Screening: Wednesday, May 8th, 7:30am-8:30am
Registration begins Monday, April 15th.
WHAT ARE THEY?
Biochemical profiles provide a window to the general health of an individual. Profiles test a variety of systems such as Hepatic, Renal, Cardiac, and Endocrine. FSF profiles may aid in the detection of specific diseases or conditions such as Diabetes Mellitus, Gout, Heart Disease, Prostate Cancer, Osteoporosis, Iron Overload, Thyroid Malfunction, or Hepatitis. An abnormal result can indicate a problem that requires further study by your doctor to confirm a diagnosis.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS?
Blood samples are drawn in Langton 124 by the staff from Corvallis Good Samaritan Hospital's Laboratory services unit. Profile analyses are completed at the hospital and returned to FSF where we than distribute them to participants.
Results are mailed to you through campus mail marked "confidential" or, if you choose, to your home via US Mail (for $.50).
PREPARING FOR THE BLOOD CHEMISTRY PROFILE:
The following suggestions are intended to ensure meaningful, accurate measurements from your blood samples.
- Fast 12-14 hours prior to your scheduled time.
- Water consumption during the fasting period is permissible (or coffee/tea without cream or sugar).
- Drink at least one eight-ounce glass of water prior to giving blood. This is to replace fluid loss due to urination and other natural processes.
- DO NOT workout or exercise vigorously 24 hours prior to the draw.
- DO NOT make dietary changes from your normal routine between now and when you arrive to the test.
- If time permits, arrive early so you can sit and relax for 5-10 minutes before your sample is taken.
- Test results will be available in about a week and will be sent to you by the FSF office.
TESTS AVAILABLE AND PRICES:
COST INCREASE: Tests, effective winter term 2010, have been raised due to lab fee adjustments. Thank you for understanding.
- Lipid Profile: $22.00
- Combination Lipid/Multi-Chem: $32.00
- PSA (prostate): $25.00
- TSH (thyroid): $25.00
- Vitamin B12: $22.00
- Hemoglobin A-1C (diabetes): $17.00
- Hs-CRP (inflammation, re: heart disease): $32.00
- Iron Panel: $17.00
- Vitamin D: $50.00
Which test should I have done?
For a more detailed description of each test take a look at our Blood Draw Information Packet (pdf)
LIPID PROFILE (CHOLESTEROL)
These are measurements of total cholesterol, HDL "good" cholesterol, LDL "bad" cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
COMBINATION OF LIPIDS/MULTI-CHEM
This is the best bargain! A group of tests performed on a single blood sample. Multi-Chem: Over 20 indicators of general health including such items as glucose, sodium, potassium, calcium, uric acid, etc.
Early detection is a must. A cancer test for males; PSA, which is normally secreted by the prostate, increases in amount when cancer begins to form.
Thyroid health for Hypothyroidism or Hyperthyroidism. Poorly functioning thyroids cause a host of maladies and the TSH test is becoming a recommended general health screen. Test is utilized for detecting an underactive or overactive thyroid.
VITAMIN B12 (BONE DENSITY)
A recent study has linked low bone mineral density in both men and women with Vitamin B12 deficiency, although the mechanism behind the relationship isn't fully understood. Those with plasma levels of Vitamin B12 below a certain level were found to be at a greater risk for developing osteoporosis than those with higher levels.
HEMOGLOBIN A-1C (DIABETES)
With pre-diabetics and diabetics on the rise in the US, the hemoglobin A-1C provides an indication of how well blood sugars are controlled in the past 120 days.
HsCRP (INFLAMMATION, HEART DISEASE)
Determines heart disease risk. Having an ever present, low-grade inflammation throughout the body is associated with heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. One of the best measures of this is CRP.
Iron overload is one of the most common genetic disorders in this country, affecting as many as one in every 200 people which makes it many times more common than better known genetic diseases, including cystic fibrosis, Huntington's disease, and muscular dystrophy. This test is a complete iron profile.
Test used to check the levels of Vitamin D in one's system. A good level of Vitamin D is a good defense against cancer and other diseases. Our bodies can make Vitamin D only when our skin is exposed to sunlight under the proper conditions. This production is dependent on the season, where we live, and time of day. Vitamin D supplements are encouraged for those who have low levels of Vitamin D in their system.
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