Need to step away from the office? Tired of reading all day?
Take a break with us, and enjoy FREE Rita’s Ice while you learn about the University Health Center! Tours, games, and prizes will be offered.
- Wednesday July 23, 2-4 P.M
- Wednesday August 13, 2-4 P.M.
Where: University Health Center Lobby
7/31, 8/12, 8/21
Summer Time is the Right Time for a Health Screening
The University Health Center is offering affordable Health Screenings to faculty, staff, and graduate students this summer!
NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY!
For only $15*, you can obtain a blood panel which includes the following:
For Best Results, Do Not Eat or Drink (except water) 12 hours before blood draw. Lab results will be mailed within two weeks.
Health Screening Days
The screening is offered between 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
- Tuesday, July 15
- Thursday, July 31
- Tuesday, August 12
- Thursday, August 21
* The Health Center will accept cash, check, Terrapin Express, or Credit Cards. Payment will be accepted at the Appointment Check-In Desk.
** An overnight fast will be required for accurate blood glucose and cholesterol levels.
Call (301) 314-8184 for more details.
Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that your body needs. When you have too much cholesterol in your blood, it can build up on your artery walls. High cholesterol increases your risk for heart disease. People at any age can take steps to keep cholesterol levels normal. There are no signs or symptoms of high cholesterol. Getting your cholesterol checked with a simple blood test is the only way you can know if you are at risk for high cholesterol or already have high cholesterol. Knowing your cholesterol level will help your doctor suggest steps for you to take to prevent high cholesterol or to reduce your levels if they are high.
The National Cholesterol Education Program recommends that healthy adults get their cholesterol levels checked every five years.
|Desirable Cholesterol Levels|
|Total cholesterol||Less than 200 mg/dL|
|LDL ("bad" cholesterol)||Less than 100 mg/dL*|
|HDL ("good" cholesterol)||40 mg/dL or higher|
|Triglycerides||Less than 150 mg/dL|
* Note: Optimal level.
A Blood Glucose test can be used as a screen for diabetes and other disorders. Blood glucose testing can be used to screen healthy, asymptomatic individuals for diabetes and pre-diabetes because diabetes is a common disease that begins with few symptoms.
- Screen for both high blood glucose (hyperglycemia) and low blood glucose (hypoglycemia)
- Help diagnose diabetes
- Monitor glucose levels in persons with diabetes
For screening purposes, a blood glucose test is performed on a fasting basis. Screening is especially important for people at high risk of developing diabetes, such as those with a family history of diabetes, those who are overweight, and those who are more than 40 to 45 years old.
Fasting Blood Glucose
|From 65 to 99 mg/dL (3.9 to 5.5 mmol/L)||Normal fasting glucose|
|From 100 to 125 mg/dL (5.6 to 6.9 mmol/L)||Impaired fasting glucose (pre-diabetes) |
|126 mg/dL (7.0 mmol/L) and above on more than one testing occasion||Diabetes |
Source: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003482.htm, http://labtestsonline.org/understanding/analytes/glucose/tab/test/
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