Blood Testing: What’s in Your Blood?

Annual blood testing is the most important step you can take to prevent conditions from becoming life threatening diseases. With blood test results in hand, you can catch critical changes in your body before they manifest as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, or worse. Having the proper blood tests can empower you to enact a science-based, disease-prevention program that could add decades of healthy life.

The basic baseline labs you want to get on an annual basis are as follows:   

Comprehensive metabolic panel:  A blood test that measures:

  • Glucose, a type of sugar your body uses for energy.
  • Electrolytes that keep your body’s fluids in balance. They also help keep your body working normally, including your heart rhythm, muscle contraction, and brain function.
  • Kidneys that help keep the right balance of water, salts, and minerals in the blood. They also filter out waste and other unneeded substances from the blood.
  • Liver that helps with digestion and produces some vitamins and other substances that the body needs. It also controls the amounts of glucose, protein, and fat in the blood and releases substances that keep your immune system healthy.

Complete blood count (CBC):  Gives important information about the kinds and numbers of cells in the blood, especially red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. A CBC helps your doctor check symptoms such as weakness, fatigue or bruising. A CBC also helps diagnose conditions such as anemia, infection, and many other disorders.

CRP:  The body produces C-reactive protein during the general process of inflammation making it an inflammation “marker”, meaning its presence indicates an increased state of inflammation in the body.

Homocysteine:  Is a naturally occurring amino acid produced as part of the body’s methylation process. The level of homocysteine in the plasma is increasingly being recognized as a risk factor for disease and seen as a predictor of potential health problems such as cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s.

Vitamin D (25-OH-Cholecalciferol):  It’s estimated that anywhere from 30 to 100% of Americans, depending upon their age and community living environments, are deficient in Vitamin D. More than half of all American children are vitamin D deficient. Supposedly almost three quarters of pregnant women are vitamin D deficient, predisposing their unborn children to all sorts of problems. Worldwide, it is estimated that the epidemic of vitamin D deficiency affects one billion people. In my practice, over 80% of my patients testing their vitamin D levels are deficient.

Oxidized LDL/HDL ratios:  Important to know if fats are oxidized.  A regular cholesterol panel is not enough to determine oxidation factors.

Hgba1C:  Predictive biomarker for sugar, insulin, and cellular energy patterns.

Since most insurance companies no longer pay 100% for lab fees, many people have to pay out-of-pocket for some or all of their labs. I’d be happy to discuss your individual lab testing needs and compare our low pricing structure with your current lab or doctor’s office. 

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