Dr. Marra Francis

Austin, Texas 16 posts

Introducing Our HbA1c At-Home Health Test

If you have ever wondered if you might be at risk for Type II Diabetes, it is extremely important to have your glucose levels tested. By measuring glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c), you are able to get an overall picture of what your average blood sugar levels have been over a period of weeks/months. HbA1c stands for Hemoglobin A1c; this is a protein that is found on the surface of red blood cells. For people with diabetes this is vital because...

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Why Test Genomics and Biomarkers Together?

There are many different ways to evaluate health and wellness, and no single way is the best. Often, what appears to be one thing on the surface is often something different underneath. The human body is no exception. Our health and wellness is a balance that has many different variables and factors influencing our overall state. Two very important factors that can affect our overall wellness are environmental factors from the outside and genetic factors from the inside - very...

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How to Ask a New Partner About Their Sexual Health

Did you know that April is STD Awareness Month? It's so important to get tested if you are sexually active, and with modern technology allowing you take an STD test in the comfort of your own home now, people no longer have a reason not to get tested. Discussing your sexual health can be uncomfortable and downright awkward, but it's crucial to know before engaging in sexual activity. Both people involved are more than likely wanting to ask the same...

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How to Overcome the Weight Loss Plateau

A slow moving metabolism may result in difficulty for women to lose weight at a normal pace, resulting in health complications due to being unhealthily overweight or obese. It can be discouraging for someone who puts effort in diet and exercise to then be unable to reap in the benefits of a healthy body due to having a slow moving metabolism, to the point that they just give up on maintaining themselves properly and suffer the consequences that they’ve...

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10 Easy Tips for Falling Asleep Faster

Think of the most important things in your life; what comes to mind? Maybe it's spending time with family, traveling the world, working hard in your career, maintaining a social life, etc. All of which, when trying to balance it all, can easily lead to constant stress. What you probably didn't think of (that should rank high on your list) is sleep. It is known that humans spend about one-third of their lives asleep, so shouldn't we be aiming to...

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