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St. Marys Professional Women's Club to Offer Vitamin 0 Blood Test

The St. Marys Oracle of St Marys, West Virginia

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Fifteen minutes spent Wednesday, Oct. 21 and Oct. 28 for a blood chemistry screening test coujd be very valuable as far as one's health goes.

"It could prove to be the preventive measure to ward off disease conditions of the heart, kidney, liver, pancreas, circulatory system or other vital areas of the body before they become acute," said a spokesperson for the St. Marys group of the West Virginia Professional Women's Club.

The West Virginia Professional Women's Club Inc. — St. Marys is offering the blood chemistry screening for about one-fourth of the usual cost for such testing in conjunction with Camden-Clark Medical Center and LifeGuard of Belmont. This will make its 31s' year of offering these tests to the community and surrounding areas.

Tests will be conducted Wednesday, Oct. 21 and Oct. 28, from 7-10:30 a.m. at the Pleasants County Public Library, 101 Lafayette St., St. Marys.

Anyone interested in the screening should call LifeGuard at 304.665.2346 for an appointment.

The basic profile includes the following tests: glucose, uric acid, bun, serum creatine, sodium potassium, chloride, calcium, phosphorus, total protein serum albumin, total globulin, A/G ratio, bilirubin, alkaline phospatase, LDH, AST, ALT, GGT, serum iron, total cholesterol, triglicerides, HDL, LDL and total chol/HDL ratio.

Other tests are thyroid stimulating hormone, T4, T3 uptake, free thyroxine index and CBS with differential and platelets.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that every Ameican brom from 1945-1965, those who have had a blood transfusion before 1992 or a tattoo get teste4d for exposure to Hepatitis C, which over time can lead to serious liver problems, including liver damage, cirrhosis, liver failure or liver cancer.

Over three million people in the U. S. have chronic Hepatitis C but most are unaware of their infection.

A new test offered will be a Vitamin D level to detect Vitamin D deficiency which may be associated with conditions as varied as cancer, asthma, cardiovascular disease, and autoimmune diseases.

Some conditions affect the body's ability to absorb Vitamin D from foods. These include gastic bypass surgery, cystic fibrosis, celiac disease and Crohn's disease.

People who are obese (have a BMI of 30 or greater) may have lower levels of Vitamin D because fat cells extract Vitamin D from the blood. Vitamin D boosts calcium absorption reducing the risk of osteoporosis later in life.

Cost of thebasic profile will be $35. Each additional test inducing PSA, high sensitive C-Reactive Protein, which tests for inflammation and may be helpful in assessing risk for developing heart disease, Hepatitis C antibody test will be available for an additional $10. Vitamin D level will be available for an additional $15. Hgl A1C will have a $5 charge.

Results of the test can be picked up on Friday, Oct. 23 and Friday, Oct. 30 at the Pleasants County Library from 1-4 p.m. Please bring a legal sized envelope and $1 for postage/person if you want the results mailed.

Prior to the testing a strict 12-15 hour fasting period is required to ensure more meaningful results.

Regular amounts of water should be consumed during fasting. Persons on prescribed medications should consult their physicians before fasting.

It is recommended participants eat their regular evening meal around 6 p.m. and abstain from food or alcohol until after the blood sample has been drawn the following morning.

It is suggested that men not have a digital prostate exam for two weeks prior to having their blood test as that might cause elevated levels of PSA in the blood.

If you have any questions, call Eleanor Little at 304.684.2272.

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Original Publication Date: October 7, 2015

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