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Biophysical 250 blood test

Much of the information physicians need to determine how your body is working can be found in a single drop of blood, chemical clues called biomarkers (e.g., glucose, cholesterol, metabolism, hormones, cardiovascular) provide an accurate picture of how your body is functioning.

Traditional blood chemistries taken at your annual checkup (CBC-SMA-6 and SMA-12) just scratch the surface. Enter, The Biophysical 250 test. A cutting-edge test can the can detect biomarkers in the blood for potentially dangerous diseases.
It’s touted as a powerful and effective tool that gives you a detailed look at your health. At $3,400 it’s no coincidence you probably haven’t heard of it. (Good luck on getting your HMO or the Federal government to cover it.)

Laboratory and non-laboratory tests are conducted to assess one’s risk of metabolic syndrome/disease. Metabolic disease risk factors that includes:

 

 

 

  • visceral abdominal fat
  • inability to process glucose
  • insulin resistance
  • hypertension
  • cardiovascular disease

 

If you have health insurance, ask your benefits manager or refer to your policy manual to find out if your plan covers metabolic syndrome testing.

Lab tests:

  • Glucose
  • Lipid profileC-peptide
  • Microalbumin
  • hs-CRP
  • sdLDL
  • Insulin

Non lab tests:

  • Blood pressure
  • Weight and waist circumference
  • BMI (Body Mass Index)

New USDA school lunch guidelines

On average 32 million kids eat at least one school lunch per day. When I was a kid, the breakfast and lunch food at my school was good for throwing. In an effort to curb our nation’s obesity epidemic, the USDA has issued a new set of guidelines. Kudos to the USDA for taking a great first step.

Here’s the breakdown:
• Fewer starchy vegetables
• Calories and sodium limits based on age
• Milk must be 1% or fat-free; chocolate milk must be fat-free
• Reduce trans fat by using products with 0g per serving

Why do these changes matter?
School lunches consist of highly processed foods and are loaded with sugar, trans and saturated fats.
On average school lunches contain 1600 milligrams of sodium. The equivalent of a day’s worth of sodium.

Standard school fare:
Crispy chicken sandwich (Crispy is synonymous with chubby)
400 calories, 9g of fat, 7g saturated fat and nearly a half-day’s worth of saturated fat

Grilled cheese sandwich (fat toasted on fat and void of any real nutrition)
350 calories, 16g of fat, 650mg of sodium

French bread pizza with pepperoni (empty carbs and I don’t think the French are eating it) 440 calories, 19g fat, 930mg sodium

French fries (fried not baked)
310 calories, 18g fat, 7g saturated fat

Kids learn by example. Making calories count is one small way we can ensure excellent academic performance at school. I hope to see a vegetarian and vegan option soon. Eat smart and play hard!

http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/lunch/