Ensuring good health means monitoring the body’s major function and its interactions
Chemistry tests are routinely ordered to determine a person’s general health status. A chemistry panel is a test that measures the levels of several substances in the blood to screen for a wide range of problems, including kidney, liver, heart, adrenal, gastrointestinal, endocrine, and neuromuscular disorders. To monitor people who have hypertension (high blood pressure) or hypokalemia (low levels of potassium). A chemistry screen finds out whether treatment for a specific problem is working.
A Thyroid test is often performed to determine the underlying cause of abnormal thyroid hormone levels. Thyroid function tests are a series of blood tests used to measure how well your thyroid gland is working. It’s also used to screen for an under active or overactive thyroid gland.
As you age you absorb less vitamin B12 from food and do not make as much vitamin D from the sun. Vitamin B12 is essential for proper functioning of red blood cells and the nervous tissue. Vitamin B12 deficiency can also occur if you are a vegetarian or vegan because most meats are high in proteins and contain Vitamin B12. The elderly, people with little exposure to the sun, obese individuals and people with inflammatory bowel disease are at greater risk for vitamin D deficiency. Symptoms of vitamin D deficiency include bone and muscle weakness. Prolonged vitamin D deficiency puts you at greater risk for cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, cancer, osteoporosis and certain autoimmune disorders.
A1C is a common blood test used to diagnose type 1 and type 2 diabetes and as a gauge for how well you’re managing your diabetes. A1C test result reflects your average blood sugar level for the past two to three months. The higher the A1C level, the poorer your blood sugar control and the higher your risk of diabetes complications.
Hormones are chemicals produced by your body. As they move through your bloodstream they enter tissues where they regulate everything from reproduction (both female and male) to your emotions. They affect your general health and overall well being. Hormones are like a force in your body that affects you physically, mentally and emotionally. The major players in the sex hormone arena are estradiol, progesterone and testosterone. The main adrenal hormones are DHEA and cortisol. Test to see which hormones are you really missing? You certainly don’t want to replace hormones that you already have in adequate amounts.
Infectious diseases are disorders caused by organisms — such as bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites. Many organisms live in and on our bodies. They’re normally harmless or even helpful, but under certain conditions, some organisms may cause disease such as Lyme, Shingles, hepatitis C and infectious mononucleosis. Signs and symptoms vary depending on the organism causing the infection, but often include fever and fatigue. People with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop symptoms
Inflammation is a process by which the body’s white blood cells and substances they produce protect us from infection with foreign organisms, such as bacteria and viruses. However, in some diseases, like arthritis, the body’s defense system — the immune system — triggers an inflammatory response when there are no foreign invaders to fight off. Inflammation is your body’s response to stress – whether from your diet, lifestyle or environment. The modern epidemic of chronic, low-grade inflammation destroys the balance in your body. When your body’s systems experience a constant inflammatory response, you become more susceptible to aging and disease. Examples include multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes, Crohn’s disease, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Consider one of our comprehensive ‘Wellness Panels‘ as they provide an effective broad look into your physiology by combining multiple screening tests into one package.