Livingston County Health Center is offering its Adult Wellness Blood Draw Clinic Wednesday, March 27, from 7 until 10 a.m. at its office, located at 800 Adam Drive. The clinic is an effort to encourage adults to get recommended preventive screenings conveniently and at an affordable charge.
It is the aim of public health to promote health and prevent disease, said health center spokeswoman Ann (Hoppe) Burchett.
"This service encourages our residents to take charge of their own health before problems arise," she said.
The health center is offering several basic blood tests for those 18 and older at the Adult Wellness Clinic, all of which require fasting the night before. (To achieve the most accurate results, it's best to not eat or drink anything but water after midnight the day before a blood test.) A light snack will be available at the clinic, as well as water. If you know you are a challenging draw, it might help to drink water when you get up in the morning and until your blood is drawn.
The CBC/Chem Profile will be offered for $25. The CBC/Chem Profile is the most comprehensive blood test , measuring 35 different blood parameters that can have a powerful impact on the state of your health, including complete blood panel, cholesterol profile including lipids, thyroid function and more; a PSA prostate cancer marker for $8; the Hemoglobin A1C, a test that gives diabetics a picture of average blood glucose control for the past 2 to 3 months, for $7; or Vitamin D (25[OH]D, which is short-hand for 25-hydroxyvitamin D) for a cost of $10. Current research is revealing connections between vitamin D deficiency and a myriad of health concerns, including cancer, depression, osteoporosis, immune dysfunction, diabetes, heart disease, and more.
Burchett said that individuals who have a conditions that requires regular blood testing, should take advantage of this opportunity.