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Vail Daily Health: Spring for good health

Dr. Drew Werner
Dear Doc
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado — Spring is here, or at least the past few days in Colorado’s Vail Valley would suggest it. With that yearly milestone, so comes our health fairs. Hopefully, your health is as predictable as the coming of spring, and not as uncertain as a late snow or spring flood. That is why going to the health fair is a good time to really tally up your score.

Here are some goals for those in good health:

•-Total cholesterol less than 200.

• HDL (High Density Lipoprotein) more than 45; more than 60 is ideal.

• LDL (Low Density Cholesterol) less than 130; less than 100 is ideal.

• Triglycerides less than 150.

• Glucose (blood sugar) less than 100.

• PSA for men less than 4, less than 2 is ideal.

The blood chemistry test will also measure liver function, kidney function, electrolytes and more. Continuing on to the spring festivities, don’t forget to take advantage of the other screening tests available. These may include exams for skin cancer, breast cancer, body mechanics and others. A variety of educational information will be available as well.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for Eagle County residents. One out of every 20 people below the age of 40 has some level of heart disease. Risk factors for cardiovascular disease include high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and blood sugar levels. However, this can be easily managed if caught early. What that means is get screened, and follow up with your doctor. Knowing your numbers is a powerful thing, but it is the health partnership with your doctor that will improve your well being!

Prevention, disease treatment and other laboratory guidelines are constantly changing. That means its important to talk to your physician about your results, discuss the next monitoring steps if neccesary or get more advanced diagnostic studies if needed. While the screenings represent a great value, any extra cost may be too much in these tough economic times. There are a limited number of vouchers to cover the cost of the $30 blood chemistry screenings for Eagle County residents. Call 970-926-7026 to see if you qualify.

The 9Health Fair is sponsored by the Eagle Lions Club and community partners. Participants must be 18 years or older and should drink plenty of water beginning two days before the event to prevent problems drawing blood. Participants should not eat for 12 hours before the blood draw. Diabetics should eat and drink as usual and can still be screened.

There are far too many volunteers to name, but please remember to say thanks to all those who have taken time out from their busy schedules to make it all happen.

My next article will talk about Eagle County’s new travel immunization clinic.

Dr. Drew Werner is the vice chief of staff at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs and the Eagle County Health Officer. He lives in Eagle with his family. E-mail comments about this column to

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