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Paramus Offers Residents An Opportunity To Stay Healthy

Judy Migliaccio
Judy Migliaccio Photo Credit: Judy Migliaccio

PARAMUS, N.J. – The Paramus Board of Health is helping to keep its residents by hosting its annual Blood Chemistry Screening Saturday, September 26, 2015.

“The purpose of the program is to identify individuals at risk for coronary heart disease and diabetes, and to prevent the associated premature death and disability associated with these diseases,” said Judith Migliaccio, Borough Health Officer.

The fee for a basic health profile with a complete blood count, HDL and LDL cholesterol level will be $21. For men, the basic health profile PLUS PSA will be $42.00. The PSA alone will cost $25. PSA is a blood test that screens for prostate cancer and other prostate disease. It is recommended for men 50 years and over by the American Cancer Society. An elevated PSA level in the blood may be an early indicator of prostate cancer or prostate disease.

At an additional cost, three other worthwhile blood tests are being offered. Thyroid screening, consisting of TSH, T3-Uptake and T4 Total can be drawn for $29, Vitamin D25, OH, total for $22, and a Hemoglobin A1C for $15. The Hemoglobin A1C shows the average level of glucose (sugar) in your blood during the last three months.

Most insurance plans require a physician’s order for diagnostic tests, therefore those wishing to take part in this annual screening program should understand that the laboratory will not be able to bill Medicare, nor any other private insurance company on their behalf. The test fee must be paid on the day of the program, with a check made payable for the exact amount to Medical Labs Diagnostics.

This Program is open to all Paramus residents over the age of 18. Residents wishing to take part in the screening program need to make an appointment by phoning the Board of Health at 201-265- 2100, Ext. 2308 or 2307.

Callers will be given a specific time to visit the Board of Health before the screening, where they

The deadline for registration is September 22.

“This is an extremely worthwhile preventive health program,”. Migliaccio said. “Every year we identify people at risk of developing heart disease or diabetes. With appropriate referral to their own physicians, and with lifestyle changes and medication we hope to help them delay or prevent the complications so often seen with these diseases.”

The Health Officer and the members of the Board of Health urge all Paramus residents to take charge of their health and participate in this worthwhile screening event

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