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Studying Abroad- Health Concerns

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Summer has arrived! You’ve got three months of glorious sunshine and no classes ahead of you. Well, most of you don’t have to worry about studying. For the rest, summer classes are approaching fast. For the most lucky group, you’re packing your bags and preparing to set off to a foreign country.

Studying abroad is one of the greatest opportunities you’ll have in college. If you’re setting off on a study abroad adventure this summer, you’ll want to be completely ready.

Before you step into the unknown, make sure you are physically and mentally ready. Your health probably isn’t your first concern while you plan your trip, but it should be on your mind.

Think about these health related issues before you leave so you won’t have to panic if a medical issue arises while you’re abroad:

1. Wellness

You may not have convenient access to doctors or pharmacies in your destination. Visit your physician for a general checkup before you leave. You never know how the traveling conditions will affect your physical and mental health, so it’s a good idea to discuss possible challenges with your doctor.

If you take prescription medicine, you’ll need to talk to your doctor about the chances of getting that medicine while you’re abroad or if you are even allowed to take that medicine with you. You may need to bring extra doses of over the counter medicine, since other countries don’t always have the same medicines available.

2. Immunizations

Your study abroad program will give you information about immunizations and health records that you need. The CDC traveler’s site has a complete and accurate list so you know you are fully prepared to travel. You’re responsible for having current immunizations. If you’re not sure, a blood test is a convenient way to check on your immunizations. Some countries require HIV tests before travel.

3. Health Insurance

We hope you don’t break a leg or come down with the flu while you’re studying abroad, but we know it happens occasionally! You need special overseas medical insurance to protect yourself from health issues. Your program or school should provide you information about affordable plans that you’ll get before you leave and discontinue when you’re back.

Get Ready for the Time of Your Life!

You have so many details to plan before you hop on the plane, but your health is important. Focusing on your health will help you have an awesome experience- when you don’t have to worry about health and safety issues, you can focus on learning and exploring your new environment!

Planning to study abroad and need to be tested?

Call ARCpoint Labs in Lawrence today.


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Increasing Energy for Wornout College Students

You are so close to being done with school! While the end of the year gets you excited, you may be wondering why you are dead tired all the time. College can be tough. With exams, studying, and late nights on the weekends it is no wonder you don’t have any energy. But could there be more to your tiredness than just a lack of sleep?

Do you constantly feel worn out or tired? Lack of sleep may not be the culprit.

Why am I Tired?

Did you know that being low in iron,  low in sugar or having a thyroid problem can actually make you feel extremely exhausted on a daily basis? But you would never be able to identify the route issue unless you had your blood tested.

Blood Tests

When you have your blood tested, you can actually have multiple tests run. Tests can very from checking cholesterol all the way to in-depth cancer screening.

Unfortunately many college students never take the time to have their blood tested and chalk up their lack of energy to the pressures of college life. Having blood work done will reveal the root problem in your body. Once you know the exact cause, then you are better prepared to combat the problem.

The Potential Problem

There could be any number of reasons why you are constantly feeling crummy. But there are a few common energy-zappers, and luckily they have solutions to go with them!


Having an iron deficiency is one of the most common forms of anemia. Anemia can occur when your body is not absorbing enough iron. Iron is essential to your hemoglobin and with out it your body doesn’t get enough oxygen, causing the severe exhaustion. The solution, eat more red meats and add an iron supplement to your diet.

Low Blood Sugar

When your blood sugars are low you can become hypoglycemic. Hypoglycemia occurs when the sugars in your blood drop. The symptoms can include extreme fatigue and even dizziness. Once you become aware that you have hypoglycemia you can combat it by using a glucose monitor and also by changing your diet.

Thyroid Disorder

Your thyroid is located below your Adam’s apple. Because the thyroid produces hormones that effect your energy levels, a person suffering from a thyroid disorder will almost always feel extremely fatigued. There are several solutions for dealing with a thyroid disorder and after a proper diagnosis a doctor will set up a solution plan with you.

What ever the source may be, the next time you are feeling weak and weary don’t just blame it on the stresses of life. Do your research and find a blood testing lab in your area. In Fact, find one that also provides a health screening so you can evaluate your overall health.

Finding the solution to your exhaustion will help you lead the active healthy life you were intended to live!