First of all, we would like to thank nearly 50,000 people who decided to own their health this spring by attending one of our 115 9Health Fairs. Now that you have your results, the next thing you should do is take them to your health practitioner so they can help you understand exactly what your results mean for your health.
By keeping your results from year to year, your health care provider can compare your results to previous year results and notice any trends that may need attention. If you don’t have results from previous years, that’s okay too. We still suggest taking them to your doctor so they can keep copies in your medical records.
You can also go to any King Soopers or City Market pharmacy or call 9Health Fair for help understanding your results.
Zeroing in on Your Results
Now that you have your results back, take a look at them. Do you see any areas in bold? Those are areas you will want to look at and most likely discuss with your health care provider. Here are a few areas on your screenings that you may want to focus on:
- Areas that have already been identified as concerns. Maybe you already know that you have high cholesterol, thyroid issues, etc. If you know that you have certain health concerns, take a look at those first. If anything has changed since your previous test, you’ll want to discuss those changes with a medical professional. Hopefully, when you look at your results, you’ll see improvement and know that whatever changes you’ve made have been working.
- Cholesterol. Take a look this area, particularly your numbers for HDL (the good cholesterol) and LDL (bad cholesterol). If you have any results in bold, you’ll want to get with your doctor to discuss strategies to correct it. High cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease.
- Glucose and A1c. These tests will let you know if you may be at risk for developing diabetes. Diabetes is a preventable disease. If you detect it early enough you can reverse your risk of developing the disease. (Diabetes Screenings: Which One is Right for You)
If anything extremely serious or urgent is found in your results, you will receive a phone call within 24-72 hours. If you haven’t received a phone call, but still have results that are noted in bold, you should schedule an appointment with a medical professional to discuss those results in more detail. Your test results are a great way to get a snapshot of your health and work to reverse anything concerning before it becomes a serious and costly issue.