Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis

Conventional laboratory reference ranges are designed to identify/diagnose disease states.   By looking at blood chemistry from a functional perspective we can identify areas of imbalance at a much earlier stage.  Rather than focusing on the reduction or suppression of symptoms only, protocols of whole food supplement complexes and/or herbs are designed to support the body back into a state of balance.

Suggested Annual Laboratory Testing for Analysis
  • Lipid Panel: (cholesterol screening) Assess risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) or to monitor treatment.
  • CBC with/diff: Assess presence of anemia, infections, leukemia, in blood. Assesses overall health.
  • Comprehensive Metabolic Panel: Provides info on status of kidney/liver as well as electrolyte and acid/base balance and levels of blood glucose and blood proteins; to monitor known conditions, such as hypertension, and to monitor the use of medications to check for any kidney- or liver-related side effects.
  • Fasting Insulin: Assess for hyperinsulinemia/insulin resistance which greatly increases risk for CVD.
  • Iron/Iron Storage:  (Include – ferritin, serum iron, % saturation, TIBC) Determines iron storage capacity and/or absorption. Important to assess along with thyroid panel.
  • C-Reactive Protein: Assess presence of inflammation. High levels increase cardiovascular risk. Useful to monitor response to treatment for an inflammatory disorder.
  • Homocysteine: Another inflammatory marker. Helps determine if you are folate-deficient or vitamin B12-deficient; determines if you are at increased risk of heart attack or stroke.
  • Thyroid( Includes the following – TSH, Free T3, Free T4, Reverse T3, Anti-TPO, TgAB): To help thoroughly evaluate thyroid gland function and to help diagnose thyroid disorders. Important to test all components listed in parentheses.
  • 25(OH)D: Vitamin D isn’t really a vitamin – It’s a potent hormone in your body, and regulates more genes and bodily functions than any other hormone. Deficiency has been connected to many different diseases including chronic fatigue, macular degeneration, insomnia, autoimmune issues, PCOS, heart disease and inflammation. Chronically low Vitamin D levels have also been associated with increased cancer risk.
  • Vitamin B12: Low B12 levels as well as low folate levels are associated with elevated homocysteine levels which increases the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke. Deficiency is becoming increasingly common which can be due to several factors, primarily compromised digestion.
  • Testosterone (men over 40)

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