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A Clearer View of Health: A Guide to Understanding Comprehensive Bloodwork

With Jim LaValle, RPh, CCN
Season 8, Episode 13

Learn about some additional blood markers you can have tested beyond the traditional panels and why they matter for painting a more complete picture of your current state of your health.

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A Clearer View of Heart Disease

By Craig Cox

The coronary artery calcium (CAC) scan can offer a better picture of who should actually take statins. Here’s why.

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What Is Hypotension?

By Craig Cox

Hypotension, or low blood pressure, may pose a risk to your health. Here are some signs your blood pressure is dangerously low.

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PUMPING IRONY: Too Much of a Good Thing?

By Craig Cox

Recent research suggests that the “good” cholesterol that helps seniors prevent heart attacks and strokes may also raise their risk of developing dementia.

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Why Active Metabolic Assessment?

With Anika Christ, CPT, RD
Season 7, Episode 14

The Active Metabolic Assessment, often referred to as an AMA, is a test that assesses your current fitness status and provides data that can inform your fitness program and make your workouts more efficient. Anika Christ, CPT, RD, explains what the AMA is, the data you get from it, why that information is important, and how to use it to tailor your exercise regimen.

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The Surprising Connection Between Your Calves and Heart Health

By Michael Dregni

Referred to as your “second heart,” your calves play a vital role in your cardiovascular health. Here’s how.

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Why Collagen?

With Anika Christ, RD
Season 7, Episode 7

Collagen is something of a buzzword in the nutrition world of late, yet this nutrient has always been important to our overall health. As our eating patterns have steered toward processed and convenience foods over the past 60 years, our dietary needs for collagen have increased — hence the growing interest in collagen supplementation. Anika Christ, RD, explains what collagen is, its role in our body, and its advantages for health. She also offers guidance around supplementation and supporting your body’s natural production of this nutrient.

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PUMPING IRONY: Cholesterol: The Good, the Bad, and the Unpredictable

By Craig Cox

Cholesterol has long been known for its role in cardiovascular function, but new research suggests it may someday be put to work to hinder the development of Alzheimer’s.

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PUMPING IRONY: A Sudden Change of Heart

By Craig Cox

A “hypertensive crisis” flings me into the gaping maw of the conventional healthcare system, where I learn to accept its many foibles — and (sheepishly) embrace its pharmaceutical remedies.

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Life Time in the News: “His Doctor Said He Wouldn’t Make it to 50 Years Old — So He Lost 230 Pounds”

By Life Time Editorial Team

How a doctor’s visit prompted this Life Time member to start a transformational weight-loss journey.

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How Walking Strengthens Your Heart and Lungs

By Nicole Radziszewski

For more cardiovascular benefits, you can increase your pace and walk up and down hills.

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What Is Inflammation?

With Gregory Plotnikoff, MD
Season 6, Episode 15

Inflammation is a natural bodily response that is essential in acute circumstances — we need it to happen we get a paper cut or if we’re fighting a head cold. Its harmful effects occur, however, when it becomes chronic and systemic. Functional-medicine practitioner Gregory Plotnikoff, MD, shares what to know about inflammation, including what causes it, how it impacts our health, ways we can test for it, and proactive steps we can take in our daily lives to tame it.

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Which Health Conditions Are Considered Inflammatory?

By Mo Perry

Chronic conditions such as autoimmune disorders, Alzheimer’s, and certain types of arthritis indicate some level of inflammation.

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The Importance of Heart-Rate Zone Training

With Omaur Bliss, GTX Coach
Season 6, Episode 9

Understanding your heart-rate zones allows you to approach your fitness efforts in a more personalized way — working at the right intensity level and tapping into the right fuel source for your body at the right time. Omaur Bliss, GTX Coach, explains more about the benefits of this type of training and the ways it’s integrated into GTX programming.

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A Look at the Stress Reaction and Heart Health Lab Panel

By Samantha McKinney, RD, CPT

What blood markers are tested and why knowing them can positively impact your health plan and trajectory.

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What Are the Risks of Taking an Aspirin Every Day?

By Craig Cox

For heart-healthy people over the age of 60, taking a daily aspirin has “no net benefit,” according to a recent JAMA report by the 2022 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

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10 Rules for Aging Well

With Frank Lipman, MD
Season 5, Episode 17

Every second of every day, all of us are aging, and yet we often wait to address — or altogether avoid — age-related concerns about our health until we reach a certain point in our years or our capabilities begin to diminish. Frank Lipman, MD, shares 10 essential factors he’s outlined for aging well, emphasizing that it’s never too late — or too early — to start embracing them, and that it’s not as difficult as you might think.

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Do You Need a Heart-Rate Monitor?

By Samantha McKinney, RD, CPT

Are these devices really worth it? A Life Time trainer shares the influence they can have on your training regimen and outcomes.

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How to Increase Your VO2 Score

By Samantha McKinney, RD, CPT

And why it’s a marker for you to care about.

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5 Markers For Every Health-Conscious Person to Know

By Samantha McKinney, RD, CPT

Regularly testing for and tracking these markers can provide invaluable insights to the course of your health journey.

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All About Heart-Rate Training: How to Use it to Maximize Your Fitness Efforts

With Danny King, Master Trainer
Season 5, Episode 10

Heart rate can be a powerful tool for building fitness and seeing results from your exercise regimen. Danny King, Master Trainer, shares what to know about heart-rate training, including what it is, how to use it in your workouts, and the ways you can identify the key metrics needed for yourself.

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