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Meaning and Interpretation of Medical Tests

June 16th, 2009 No comments

How many times have you gone to the doctor and had tests ordered, gotten the results back, and still aren’t sure what they mean? Sadly, this is commonplace. Most people lack medical knowledge to understand their own care well, and time-pressured doctors often don’t have the time to educate their patients about their own health. Even when you have a helpful doctor and are reasonably well-informed about your health, you might forget what your doctor said or lose your notes or get two tests confused with each other.

Trying to understand some of my own medical test results recently, I ran across a couple of websites that are really helpful for explaining hundreds of the most common medical tests, both by test name and by medical conditions related to the tests. I also found many helpful articles on understanding “optimal ranges” for certain tests that are vastly different from the “reference ranges” used by labs and doctors.
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Annual Life Extension Blood Test Sale

April 10th, 2009 No comments

LifeExtension.com has a members-only sale on blood test from April 1 to June 1, 2009. Members can save 44% or more on blood tests including lipid profiles (cholesterol tests), CBC (Complete Blood Count), vitamin D blood serum levels, and more. Savings on common test panels involving several related tests are even higher, up to 53% off normal prices. Click on the blood test banner below for more information. 

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You may be able to get your doctor to prescribe many of these tests. For those without a fully cooperative doctor or good insurance coverage, this annual blood test sale provides lower-cost means to get critical health information to help you understand your health risks and status. This can provide the starting point for you to plan changes in your diet and lifestyle or to evaluate the effectiveness of changes you have already made.
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