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Testing, Testing 123: Phlebotomy Basics

When my mother underwent chemotherapy, we spent a lot of time visiting the phlebotomy lab for blood testing. I was always impressed by how easily the phlebotomist was able to find and puncture a vein to draw blood on the first try. I knew there had to be a method to it, and was astounded by how effortless and painless they made the process. It led me to research a lot about blood tests, from drawing to the actual screening. I've created this site to share what I've learned in the hopes of teaching others. The more you understand, the more control you can have over your own health care.



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Testing, Testing 123: Phlebotomy Basics

6 Invisible Benefits From Losing Even A Little Weight

by Francisco Arnold

Everyone knows that losing weight is good for your health and helps you look (and feel) better But it has some unexpected benefits that few people realize until after they've experienced them. What are these? Here are six invisible benefits.

1. Improved Memory. Some people find that they remember things better and have easier recall after losing weight. While no one is exactly sure why this is, studies have shown that the brain may become more active and require fewer resources to access stored memories.

2. Lower Cancer Risk. You lower your risk of developing many types of cancer simply by carrying around less unnecessary weight. It reduces inflammation, which is a risk factor for abnormal development of cells in your body. Even a small amount of weight loss — as little as 5% — could significantly lower inflammation.

3. Fewer Migraines. Many people report that they have a change in headaches after losing weight. This is especially true if you're prone to migraines, which can be debilitating and depressing for many sufferers. 

4. Money Savings. Americans, on average, spend up to $3,000 annually dining out. As you embark on your weight loss journey, you're more likely to do more home cooking, meal preparation, lunch packing, and snack-toting instead of buying food at restaurants, fast food establishments, and the corner market. Since eating home-prepared food is almost always less expensive than buying convenience items, you may save a lot of dough.

5. Boosted Cognitive Function. If your diet has been lacking in healthy food options, you probably aren't getting the proper amount of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, proteins, and fiber that your body needs. As you replace a poor diet with healthy choices, your body and your mind start getting what they require to function at peak efficiency. You may find that you think more clearly, that work is less stressful, and that tasks are faster and less frustrating. 

6. New Activities. Both as a part of your weight loss adventure and as a result of it, you'll likely find yourself doing new things — or doing things that you didn't often do when you weren't feeling as well. You may rediscover activities you enjoy, like hiking, walking, or spending time with groups that share your interests. You may also discover new interests and open up your life more.

Which of these hidden benefits could improve your life as you lose weight? No matter what appeals to you, the result will surely be worth the effort. For more information, contact your local weight loss clinics