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Skin Analysis Service

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Skin Analysis Service

Letting you into the secrets of beautiful skin

Everyone knows it's really important to look after your skin if you want to look and feel great. But how much do you really know about your skin?

What does the skin analysis service involve?

The Wellbeing Pharmacy skin analyser is a complete professional skin assessment system. It involves the scientific and objective assessment of the skin using probes and digital and visual assessment.

These include:

·        Skin Texture

·        Pigmentation

·        Skin Tone

·        Pores

·        Wrinkle

·        Sebum

·        Moisture

What will my results look like?

With each mini test you will receive a print out of the scientific results which detail your skin type and actions you can take to alter the results to achieve healthier skin. Our trained pharmacy staff will give you advice about your skin and products and treatments that are best suited to you.

How can I have my skin analysed?

Simply ask a member of the pharmacy team for a quick, simple and FREE skin consultation where we can measure the hydration of your skin. If you then want to find out more, we can then offer you further tests* to give you a complete analysis of your skin. Our trained skin advisors will be happy to help you with the results and make some recommendations on your skin regimen.

This service is only available at selected stores.

*Only suitable for people aged 18 and over

 

Find your Participating Wellbeing Pharmacy

 

How can Wellbeing Pharmacy help you?

Ask yourself:

What skin type am I?

Am I ageing beyond my years?

When was the last time I changed my skincare routine?

What do I like about my skin and what would I like to change?

 

We have innovative new technology that will allow you to learn more about your skin than ever before. The Wellbeing Pharmacy skin analyser uses a series of mini tests on the skin to give you detailed knowledge of your skin type. Our trained pharmacy team can then offer you suitable products from a wide range of brands to cleanse, tone, treat and moisture your skin. We have products available to combat a wide variety of skin and beauty concerns.

 

 

Why do I need to know this much detail about my skin?

 

By having a good insight into what is going on underneath the surface of your skin, our trained skin care advisors are able to recommend products that will compliment your skin type while tackling those concerns you may have such as dryness, ageing, pigmentation or blemishes.

Complete Cholesterol Test

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Part 1 of 8: Overview

1.     A complete cholesterol test is also called a lipid panel or lipid profile.   

2.    It is performed by a pharmacist to measure “good” and “bad” cholesterol and triglycerides in your blood.

3.    A sample of your blood is taken for this test.

A complete cholesterol test is also called a lipid panel or lipid profile. Your pharmacist can use it to measure the amount of “good” and “bad” cholesterol and triglycerides, a type of fat, in your blood.

Cholesterol is a soft, waxy fat that your body needs to function properly. However, too much cholesterol can lead to:

·        heart disease

·        stroke

·        atherosclerosis, a clogging or hardening of your arteries

If you’re a man, you should get your cholesterol levels checked regularly, starting by age 35 or younger. If you’re a woman, you should begin routine cholesterol screening by age 45 or younger. To be on the safe side, you may want to get your cholesterol tested every five years beginning as early as age 20. If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, heart disease, stroke, or high blood pressure, or if you’re taking medication to control your cholesterol levels, you should check your cholesterol every year.

Part 2 of 8: Risk Factors for High Cholesterol

Who Is at Risk of High Cholesterol?

Cholesterol testing is very important if you:

·        have a family history of high cholesterol or heart disease

·        are overweight or obese

·        drink alcohol frequently

·        smoke cigarettes

·        lead an inactive lifestyle

·        have diabetes, kidney disease, polycystic ovary syndrome, or an underactive thyroid gland

All of these things can increase your risk of developing high cholesterol.

Part 3 of 8: Purpose of Cholesterol Test

What Does a Cholesterol Test Measure?

A complete cholesterol test measures four types of lipids, or fats, in your blood:

·        Total cholesterol: This is the total amount of cholesterol in your blood.

·        Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol: This is referred to as “bad” cholesterol. Too much of it raises your risk of heart attack, stroke, and atherosclerosis.

·        High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol: This is referred to as “good” cholesterol because it helps remove LDL cholesterol from your blood.

·        Triglycerides: When you eat, your body converts the calories it doesn’t need into triglycerides, which are stored in your fat cells. People who are overweight, diabetic, eat too many sweets, or drink too much alcohol can have high triglyceride levels.

 

Part 4 of 8: Preparation

Preparation for a Cholesterol Test

 

In some cases, your pharmacist may ask you to fast before having your cholesterol levels tested. If you’re only getting your HDL and total cholesterol levels checked, you may be able to eat beforehand. However, if you’re having a complete lipid profile done, you should avoid eating or drinking anything other than water for nine to 12 hours before your test.

Before your test, you should also tell your pharmacist about:

·        any symptoms or health problems you’re experiencing

·        your family history of heart health

·        all medications and supplements that you’re currently takingp

If you’re taking medications that could increase your cholesterol levels, such as birth control pills, your pharmacist may ask you to stop taking them a few days before your test.

Part 5 of 8: Procedure

How Is a Cholesterol Test Performed?

To check your cholesterol levels, your pharmacist will need to get a sample of your blood. You will probably have your blood drawn in the morning, sometimes after fasting since the night before.

A blood test is an outpatient procedure. It takes only a few minutes and is relatively painless. It’s usually performed at a diagnostic lab. In some cases, it can also be performed during a regular doctor visit, at a local pharmacy, or even at home.

There are very few risks associated with having your blood drawn for a cholesterol test. You may feel slightly faint or have some soreness or pain at the site where your blood was drawn. There’s also a very slight risk of infection at the puncture site.

Part 6 of 8: Understanding Results

What Do the Test Results Mean?

Cholesterol levels are measured in milligrams (mg) of cholesterol per deciliter (dL) of blood. Ideal results for most adults are:

·        LDL: 70 to 130 mg/dL (the lower the number, the better)

·        HDL: more than 40 to 60 mg/dL (the higher the number, the better)

·        total cholesterol: less than 200 mg/dL (the lower the number, the better)

·        triglycerides: 10 to 150 mg/dL (the lower the number, the better)

If your cholesterol numbers are outside of the normal range, you may be at a higher risk of heart disease, stroke, and atherosclerosis. If your test results are abnormal, your pharmacist may order a blood glucose test to check for diabetes. Your pharmacist might also order a thyroid function test to determine if your thyroid is under active.

 

Part 7 of 8: Next Steps and Treatment

Next Steps and Treatment

High cholesterol can be treated with lifestyle changes and medication. Lowering high levels of LDL in your blood can help you avoid problems with your heart and blood vessels.

To help lower your cholesterol levels:

·        Quit smoking tobacco and limit your alcohol consumption.

·        Avoid high-fat and high-sodium foods, while maintaining a well-balanced diet. Eat a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, whole-grain products, low-fat dairy products, and lean sources of protein.

·        Exercise regularly. Try to do 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity per week, as well as two sessions of muscle strengthening activities.

Your nutritionist may put you on a “therapeutic lifestyle changes” or TLC diet. Under this meal plan, only 7 percent of your daily calories should come from saturated fat. It also requires you to get less than 200 mg of cholesterol from your food each day.

Some foods help your digestive tract absorb less cholesterol. For example, your nutritionist may encourage you to eat more:

·        oats, barley, and other whole grains

·        fruits such as apples, pears, bananas, and oranges

·        vegetables such as eggplant and okra

·        beans and legumes, such as kidney beans, chickpeas, and lentils

Obesity is also a common risk factor for high cholesterol and heart disease. Your nutritionist may encourage you to lose weight by cutting calories from your diet and exercising more.

Taking medications such as statins can also help keep your cholesterol in check. These medications help lower your LDL levels.

 

Part 8 of 8: Outlook

Outlook

Overall, high cholesterol is very manageable. Ask your nutritionist to help you create a treatment plan that you can maintain. It may include changes to your diet, exercise routine, and other daily habits. It may also include cholesterol-lowering medications. The more proactive you are in making lifestyle changes and taking prescribed medications, the better results you will have. 

How long will it take?

The check-up will only take a few minutes, but our staff member will take as long as required to answer any questions you have.

Does this check-up cost anything?

 

Yes, it will cost you RM10 for Complete Cholesterol Test

Body Mass Index

 

Your Body Mass Index or BMI is a good way for you to check if you’re a healthy weight.

For adults BMI is used to measure if you’re a healthy weight for your height meaning the calculation takes into account that all people are different shapes and sizes.

How long does the service take?

It takes around 5 minutes.

Will I have to pay for the service?

Yes, it will cost you RM3 for the service.

What does your BMI mean?

Below 18.5:

A score this low means that you may be underweight. There are a number of possible reasons for this. Your GP can help you find out more, and achieve a healthy weight.

18.5-24.9:

This is a healthy range. It shows that you're a healthy weight for your height.

25 or more:

Your BMI is above the ideal range and this score means you may be overweight. This means that you're heavier than is healthy for someone of your height. Excess weight can put you at increased risk of heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes.  

30 or more:

 

A BMI above 30 is classified as obese. Being obese puts you at a raised risk of health problems such as heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes. Losing weight will bring significant health improvements. 

Blood Glucose Test

What is a blood glucose test?

A blood glucose test is a blood test that screens for diabetes by measuring the level of glucose (sugar) in a person’s blood.

How can one tell if I have diabetes by examining my blood?

Your body converts sugar, also called glucose, into energy so your body can function. The sugar comes from the foods you eat and is released from storage from your body’s own tissues.

Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas. Its job is to move glucose from the bloodstream into the cells of tissues. After you eat, the level of glucose in the blood rises sharply. The pancreas responds by releasing enough insulin to handle the increased level of glucose - moving the glucose out of the blood and into cells. This helps return the blood glucose level to its former, lower level.

If a person has diabetes, two situations may cause the blood sugar to increase:

·       The pancreas does not make enough insulin

·       The insulin does not work properly

As a result of either of these situations, the blood sugar level remains high, a condition called hyperglycemia or diabetes mellitus. If left undiagnosed and untreated, the eyes, kidneys, nerves, heart, blood vessels and other organs can be damaged. Measuring your blood glucose levels allows you and your doctor to know if you have, or are at risk for, developing diabetes.

Much less commonly, the opposite can happen too. Too low a level of blood sugar, a condition called hypoglycemia, can be caused by the presence of too much insulin or by other hormone disorders or liver disease.

How do I prepare for the test and how are the results interpreted?

To get an accurate plasma glucose level, you must have fasted (not eaten) for at least 8 hours prior to the test. When you report to the clinic or laboratory, a small sample of blood will be taken from a vein in your arm. According to the practice recommendations of the American Diabetes Association, the results of the blood test are interpreted as follows:

Fasting blood glucose level

If your blood glucose level is 70 to 99 * mg/dL (3.9 to 5.5 mmol/L)...

If your blood glucose level is 100 to 125 mg/dL (5.6 to 6.9 mmol/L)...

If your blood glucose level is 126 mg/dl (7.0 mmol/L ) or higher on more than one testing occasion...

What it means

...your glucose level is within the normal range

...you have an impaired fasting glucose level (pre-diabetes * * )

...you have diabetes

*Values between 50 and 70 are often seen in healthy people

**The condition of "prediabetes" puts you at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and blood lipid disorders

How long does the service take?

It takes around 15 minutes.

Will I have to pay for the service?

Yes, it will cost you RM3 for glucose test.

 

Who is most at risk for developing diabetes?

The following categories of people are considered "high-risk" candidates for developing diabetes:

·       Individuals who are obese

·       Individuals with first-degree relatives with diabetes (such as parents, children, or siblings)

·       Native Americans, Latinos, Asian-Americans, Pacific Islanders, African-Americans

·       Women who developed diabetes while they were pregnant or gave birth to large babies (9 pounds or more)

·       Individuals with high blood pressure (140/90 or higher)

·       Individuals with high-density lipoprotein (HDL, the "good cholesterol level") below 25 mg/dl or triglyceride levels at or above 250 mg/dl

·       Individuals who have impaired fasting glucose or impaired glucose tolerance

·       Individuals who are physically inactive; engaging in exercise less than three times a week

 

In addition to testing the above individuals at high risk, the American Diabetes Association also recommends screening all individuals age 45 and older.

Blood Pressure Testing

 

High blood pressure (hypertension) affects one in three adults and, if left untreated, it can lead to heart problems, strokes and damage to other vital organs. Therefore, it's crucial to be aware of the risks and how you can reduce them.

RM3 for Pressure Check and is a quick and easy way to check your blood pressure.

What happens during the Blood Pressure Check?

A member of our trained pharmacy staff will take your blood pressure in the privacy of a consultation room. Your result will be explained to you and you will be offered any advice and support needed to manage your blood pressure.

If appropriate, we may refer you to your doctor.

Where can I get my blood pressure checked?

You can have your blood pressure checked at any Wellbeing Pharmacy. No appointment is usually needed; just call in and ask one of our pharmacy team.

How long will it take?

The check-up will only take a few minutes, but our staff member will take as long as required to answer any questions you have.

Does this check-up cost anything?

Yes, it will cost you RM3 for Blood Pressure Check.

What do I do next?

Visit your local Wellbeing Pharmacy and ask for your free check-up if you to become a Wellbeing Member.

Who is this service for?

All adults are at risk of high blood pressure. Many people don’t have any symptoms of high blood pressure so a check-up is the only way to see if there is a problem. Although all adults are at risk, people who fall into any of the below categories are at a higher risk of increased blood pressure: You’re older – more than 50% of people over the age of 60 have high blood pressure.

  • You have a family history of high blood pressure or heart disease
  •           You’re overweight and don’t do much exercise
  •           You’re of Asian or African-Caribbean descent
  •           You drink more than 2-3 units of alcohol a day for women, or 3-4 units for men
  •           Your diet includes a lot of salt – processed foods are often high in salt
  •           You don’t eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day
  •           Our pharmacy team will be happy to discuss any blood pressure concerns you have.


The Wellbeing Pharmacy Blood Pressure Testing is not available to people who fall into the following categories:

  •           Those under 16
  •           Pregnant women
  •           Those who have had a mastectomy
  •           Those who have had their lymph glands removed
  •           Those who have fistulas

 

·       In these cases, please speak to your doctor if you have any blood pressure concerns.

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