Wellness Screen When it comes to your health—you want to know it all. We want that for you, too. That’s why we offer a collection of tests to get you the answers you deserve along with the results you can act on to improve your wellness. $69.00 Add to cart Product Details Wellness Screen Overview When it comes to your health—you want to know it all. We want that for you, too. That’s why we offer a collection of tests to get you the answers you deserve along with the results you can act on to improve your wellness. This package provides a collection of tests to help evaluate your risk of common health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, for a balanced perspective on how well your body is working for you. What’s Tested? Total Cholesterol: a fatty substance found in all your cells. Your body needs fat (cholesterol) to function, but too many bad fats, like LDL (low-density lipoprotein), can increase your risk for heart disease and stroke. Meanwhile, good fats, like HDL (high-density lipoprotein) can help remove bad fats from your body and reduce your risk for heart disease. High cholesterol won’t make you feel sick. That’s why it’s a good idea to test your total cholesterol, which measures both your LDL and HDL levels as well as other fats; it is a good predictor of heart health. LDL (low-density lipoprotein): part of your total cholesterol and accounts for most of your body’s cholesterol. It’s often called “bad” cholesterol because high levels of LDL can build in the walls of your arteries, increasing your risk of heart attack and stroke. HDL (high-density lipoprotein): is part of your total cholesterol and is known as "good" cholesterol because it removes "bad "cholesterol from the body. High levels of HDL can lower your risk of heart disease and stroke. Triglycerides: Most common source of fat in the body, primarily stored from food, and used to supply your energy. A high triglyceride level is linked to an increased risk of heart disease. Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c): a measure of the average amount of glucose in your blood over an extended period (typically 8 to 12 weeks). High HbA1c levels may indicate prediabetes or diabetes. Note: HbA1c may not be an accurate reflection of average blood glucose in people with certain conditions such as sickle cell disease, iron deficiency, or heavy bleeding. Why Consider this Test Package? Common Conditions Half of all U.S adults have one or more chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, or obesity. 1 Better Choices Lack of exercise or physical activity, poor nutrition, and drinking to excess are a few of the factors that can contribute to health complications and increase your risk of chronic diseases.1 Know Your Numbers There are no symptoms for people with prediabetes, and diabetes may be severe before there are any warning signs. Likewise, people have no way of knowing they have high cholesterol without being tested.2 References CDC, Chronic Disease Overview. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/overview/index.htm. Last reviewed: June 28, 2017. Last updated June 28, 2017. AHA, Know Your Health Numbers. Available at: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/More/Diabetes/PreventionTreatme... . Last Reviewed August 2015. What will your results tell you? You will gain a better understanding of your overall wellness. Your result report will show a number for each marker, as well as a range of healthy values, so that you can understand how your result compares to a healthy range. Your results will include resources to support you in making informed lifestyle choices. We always encourage you to talk to a healthcare provider when seeking a medical determination or diagnosis. How does collecting a sample for the Wellness Screen test work? You will need to provide 4-6 large drops of blood into the collection device by pricking your finger with the supplied lancet. Proper hydration is critical in order to obtain the most accurate results and to aid in getting a good sample. It is important to drink plenty of fluids before collecting your sample. If you are not properly hydrated, you may find the flow of blood is slow, and you may have to stick your fingers more than once. Tip: Get a head start on hydration. Drink extra water beginning the day before you plan to collect your blood sample to ensure you’re adequately hydrated when you’re ready to collect. After collecting your sample, simply return the completed collection device to the lab in the pre-addressed, postage-paid kit box, and your results will be available online in 2-3 business days. * Pixel by LabCorp offers laboratory tests for general wellness monitoring. Our test results provide personalized information and are meant only for wellness purposes. They are not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or medical condition and are not a substitute for professional medical advice or clinically-guided treatment. We always recommend seeking the advice of a physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you have regarding interpretation of your laboratory test results, a medical condition, or other health related issues. You should not make changes in treatment plans without first talking to your health care provider, including changes in medicine, diet, or exercise regimens. Pixel by LabCorp does not have a doctor-patient relationship with you, nor does it have access to a complete medical history or physical examination conducted by a physician that would be necessary for a complete diagnosis and comprehensive treatment plan. Neither you nor your physician should rely solely on this guidance. Markers Measured Lipid PanelCholesterolCholesterol is a substance (a steroid) that is essential for life. It forms the membranes for cells in all organs and tissues in the body. It is used to make hormones that are essential for development, growth, and reproduction. It forms bile acids that are needed to absorb nutrients from food. The test for cholesterol measures total cholesterol that is carried in the blood by lipoproteins.A small amount of cholesterol circulates in the blood in complex particles called lipoproteins. Each particle contains a combination of protein, cholesterol, triglyceride, and phospholipid molecules and the particles are classified by their density into high-density lipoproteins (HDL), low-density lipoproteins (LDL), and very low-density lipoproteins (VLDL). HDL-C particles, sometimes called "good" cholesterol, carry excess cholesterol away for disposal and LDL-C particles, or "bad" cholesterol, deposit cholesterol in tissues and organs.Monitoring and maintaining healthy levels of cholesterol is important for staying healthy. The body produces the cholesterol needed to work properly, but the source for some cholesterol is diet. If an individual has an inherited predisposition for high cholesterol levels or eats too much of the foods that are high in saturated fats and trans unsaturated fats (trans fats), then the level of cholesterol in that person's blood may increase and have a negative impact on the person's health. The extra cholesterol in the blood may be deposited in plaques on the walls of blood vessels. Plaques can narrow or eventually block the opening of blood vessels, leading to hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) and increased risk of numerous health problems, including heart disease and stroke.https://labtestsonline.org/tests/cholesterol HDLHigh-density lipoprotein (HDL cholesterol, HDL-C) is one of the classes of lipoproteins that carry cholesterol in the blood. HDL-C consists primarily of protein with a small amount of cholesterol. It is considered to be beneficial because it removes excess cholesterol from tissues and carries it to the liver for disposal. Hence, HDL cholesterol is often termed "good" cholesterol. The test for HDL cholesterol measures the amount of HDL-C in blood.High levels of cholesterol have been shown to be associated with the development of hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) and heart disease. When cholesterol levels in the blood increase (not enough is removed by HDL), it may be deposited on the walls of blood vessels. These deposits, termed plaques, can build up, causing vessel walls to become more rigid, and may eventually narrow the openings of blood vessels, constricting the flow of blood.A higher level of blood HDL-C is usually associated with a lower risk of developing plaques, lowering the risk of heart attack or stroke.https://labtestsonline.org/tests/hdl-cholesterol LDLLow-density lipoprotein (LDL cholesterol, LDL-C) is one type of lipoprotein that carries cholesterol in the blood. LDL-C consists mostly of cholesterol and similar substances with a small amount of protein. Most often, this test involves using a formula to calculate the amount of LDL-C in blood based on results of a lipid profile. Occasionally, LDL-C is measured directly.Monitoring and maintaining healthy levels of lipids is important for staying healthy. Eating too much of foods that are high in saturated fats and trans unsaturated fats (trans fats) or having an inherited predisposition can result in a high level of cholesterol in the blood. The extra cholesterol may be deposited in plaques on the walls of blood vessels. Plaques can narrow or eventually block the opening of blood vessels, leading to hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) and increased risk of numerous health problems, including heart disease and stroke.LDL-C is considered to be undesirable and is often called "bad" cholesterol because it deposits excess cholesterol in blood vessel walls and contributes to hardening of the arteries and heart disease. This is in contrast to high-density lipoproteins (HDL) that tend to transport cholesterol from the arteries to the liver. HDL is thought to protect against heart disease and so it is often called "good" cholesterol.The LDL-C test can help determine an individual's risk of heart disease and help guide decisions about what treatment may be best if the person is at borderline or high risk. The results are considered along with other known risk factors of heart disease to develop a plan of treatment and follow up. Treatment options may involve lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise or lipid-lowering medications such as statins.The results of a standard lipid profile, which consists of total cholesterol, HDL-C, and triglycerides, are usually used to calculate the amount of LDL-C in the blood. The results are entered into a formula that calculates the amount of cholesterol present in LDL (see Common Questions #3). In most cases, the formula provides a good estimate of the LDL-C, but it becomes less accurate with increased triglyceride levels when, for example, a person has not fasted before having blood drawn. In this situation, the only way to accurately determine LDL-C is to measure it directly. Direct measurement of LDL-C is less affected by triglycerides and can be used when an individual is not fasting or has significantly elevated triglycerides (above 400 mg/dL). See the Direct LDL Cholesterol article for more information.https://labtestsonline.org/tests/ldl-cholesterol TriglyceridesTriglycerides are a form of fat and a major source of energy for the body. This test measures the amount of triglycerides in the blood.Most triglycerides are found in fat (adipose) tissue, but some triglycerides circulate in the blood to provide fuel for muscles to work. After a person eats, an increased level of triglycerides is found in the blood as the body converts the energy not needed right away into fat. Triglycerides move via the blood from the gut to adipose tissue for storage. In between meals, triglycerides are released from fat tissue to be used as an energy source for the body. Most triglycerides are carried in the blood by lipoproteins called very low-density lipoproteins (VLDL).High levels of triglycerides in the blood are associated with an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD), although the reason for this is not well understood. Certain factors can contribute to high triglyceride levels and to risk of CVD, including lack of exercise, being overweight, smoking cigarettes, consuming excess alcohol, and having medical conditions such as diabetes and kidney disease.https://labtestsonline.org/tests/triglycerides Hemoglobin A1cHemoglobin A1c, also called A1c or glycated hemoglobin, is hemoglobin with glucose attached. The A1c test evaluates the average amount of glucose in the blood over the last 2 to 3 months by measuring the percentage of glycated (glycosylated) hemoglobin.Hemoglobin is an oxygen-transporting protein found inside red blood cells (RBCs). There are several types of normal hemoglobin, but the predominant form – about 95-98% – is hemoglobin A. As glucose circulates in the blood, some of it spontaneously binds to hemoglobin A.The higher the level of glucose in the blood, the more glycated hemoglobin is formed. Once the glucose binds to the hemoglobin, it remains there for the life of the red blood cell – normally about 120 days. The predominant form of glycated hemoglobin is referred to as A1c. A1c is produced on a daily basis and slowly cleared from the blood as older RBCs die and younger RBCs (with non-glycated hemoglobin) take their place.This test may be used to screen for diabetes or risk of developing diabetes. Standards of medical care in diabetes from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) state that diabetes may be diagnosed based on A1c criteria or plasma glucose criteria, either the fasting plasma glucose (FPG) or the 2-hour plasma glucose value after a 75-g oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT).This test is also used to monitor treatment for someone who has been diagnosed with diabetes. It helps to evaluate how well the person's glucose levels have been controlled by treatment over time. For monitoring purposes, an A1c of less than 7% indicates good glucose control and a lower risk of diabetic complications for the majority of diabetics.However, the ADA and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) recommend that the management of glucose control in type 2 diabetes be more "patient-centered." Data from recent studies have shown that low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) can cause complications and that people with risk of severe hypoglycemia, disease duration, underlying health conditions, established vascular complications, and a limited life expectancy do not necessarily benefit from having a stringent goal of less than 7% for their A1c. It is recommend that people work closely with their healthcare provider to select a goal that reflects each person's individual health status and that balances risks and benefits. https://labtestsonline.org/tests/hemoglobin-a1cContent powered by:© 2018 American Association for Clinical Chemistry, republished from Lab Tests Online.*Descriptions of clinical laboratory tests were originally prepared for use on Lab Tests Online, an award-winning patient education website on clinical laboratory testing. 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