Health Fair blood draw

Many things only occur in September.  The school year gets into full swing as does football season.  Gardens are nearing the end of their life spans .  One of the most important events that happens every September is the Niobrara Health Fair Blood Draw.  It  will be held from 6 am to 9am Thursday September 14 and Friday September 15 at the Niobrara County Fairgrounds Auditorium meeting rooms.  A team of skilled phlebotomists has been assembled to .expertly draw your blood and prepare it for shipment to Quest Diagnostics Labs in Denver for analyzing  If you have limited funds for health care, this is the perfect way to gather a large amount of information about your body and health for a minimal investment.  Most doctors readily accept the results of this blood testing and it is a bargain compared to the same tests done at a hospital lab. 

A list of the screenings available and the associated prices follows:

The most basic and popular test is the HealthScreen/TSH/Direct LDL Measurement (previously known as the Chemistry Panel) which will give information on cholesterol levels, triglycerides, liver function, kidney function, thyroid function, and shows  the presence of a gout indicator.  This test is $35.  A twelve hour fast is recommended.

A complete blood count (CBC) is available for $17.00 and will give information about the presence of infection, anemia, and early signs of leukemia.

The PSA or Prostate Specific Antigen Test is available for $27.00 and is used to detect possible prostate cancer.  It is recommended for men over the age of 50.

The Hemoglobin A1C test priced at $27.00 is available for diabetics to check their average blood sugar levels and help determine if their medication is working properly.  It is also recommended for anyone with a family history of diabetes.

 Vitamin D screening is available for $42.00  It has been recently determined that low levels of vitamin D may be the cause of many aches and pains. Vitamin D deficiency may also be related to other health issues.

The Cardio CRP test is $32.00 and screens for high levels of a protein that indicates inflammation in the body, especially in arteries.  Arterial inflammation may cause cholesterol deposits to break away and clog an artery leading to a heart attack or stroke.

The Cardio IQ®+HealthScreen test is also available for $92.  This test is generally only recommended for those people with known cholesterol issues and provides a much more detailed cholesterol analysis.  It also includes a basic blood chemistry test to check kidney, thyroid, liver and bone functions.  A twelve hour fast is recommended.  This test is not done if the regular chemistry test for $35 is chosen. 

 A Gluten Intolerance/Celiac Screen test is available for $42.  This test will indicate the presence of celiac disease and help individuals determine if they should avoid foods containing gluten.

Vitamin B12 and Folate testing is also available for $42.  This test will determine if you have abnormal levels of vitamin B12 or of folate, another B vitamin. 

Female and Male Testosterone testing is priced at $42.  This test will indicate abnormal levels of this hormone.  It is a great way to determine if you many need testosterone replacement therapy. 

An InSure FIT Colon Screening Kit is also available for $25.00.  This is a take home kit that checks for colorectal cancer.

Don’t pass up this economical opportunity to get more information about your health.  Be sure to attend the Niobrara Health Fair Blood Draw on Thursday September 15 or Friday September 16 from 6 am to 9 am at the Niobrara County Fairgrounds Auditorium.  If you participated in the past, you should have received, or will be receivingsoon, a post card reminder in the mail.  For additional information or questions, please contact Randi Ross at 307 334-0107 or 307 216-0073 

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