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UNDERSTAND YOUR HEALTH

General Health Tests For The Answers You Need

TESTOSTERONE   

   

Testosterone is involved in health and well-being, the prevention of osteoporosis and other significant quality of life issues. Insufficient levels of testosterone in men may lead to abnormalities including, anxiety, depression, weight gain, fatigue, erectile dysfunction, brain fog, frailty and bone loss. 

 

Testosterone has also been shown to be critical to the health and well being in women.  From muscle building, fat loss, energy, emotional stability, brain function, and overall bodily function. 

 

Testosterone is also the primary sex hormone in men. In men, testosterone plays a key role in the development of reproductive tissues such as prostate and testes, as well as promoting secondary sex characteristics such as increased bone and muscle mass, as well as an increase in body hair growth.   

 

ESTROGENS   

 

 

Estrogens are a group of steroids that are responsible for the development and function of reproductive organs, aid in pregnancy, and the formation of secondary sex characteristics in women. Along with another hormoneprogesterone, they help regulate the menstrual cycle, are involved in the growth of breasts and the uterus, and help maintain a healthy pregnancy. Though considered the main sex hormones for women, they are also found in men and play a role in bone metabolism and growth in both sexes. Estrogen labs measure one of three types of estrogen: estrone (E1), estradiol (E2), or estriol (E3) in the blood or urine.   

  • Estrone (E1) is directly converted from androstenedione (from the adrenal gland) or indirectly from other androgens. E1 can also be produced by the ovaries and placenta, testicles, and adipose (fat) tissues. E2 and E1 can be converted into each other as needed. E1 is the primary estrogen in men and in post-menopausal  
  • Estradiol (E2) is primarily produced in the ovaries in response to stimulation of FSH and LH in pre-menopausal women and in the testicles in men. E2 is converted from E1 in post-menopausal women. It is the most potent estrogen and the one that is present in the highest concentration in non-pregnant, pre-menopausal women. E2 levels vary depending on a woman’s age and reproductive status. They are a good marker of ovarian function.   
  • Estriol (E3) is produced by the placenta, with concentrations rising throughout a woman’s pregnancy. Increasing levels are an indication of the health of the pregnancy and developing baby. Estriol is part of the second trimester maternal serum screen, a test performed to evaluate fetal risk due to certain chromosomal Very low levels of E3 are present in non-pregnant women or men. 

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A thyroid panel are tests that are often ordered together to help evaluate thyroid gland function. These tests measure the amount of thyroid hormones circulating in the blood. Thyroid hormones are chemical messengers that travel through the blood and regulate the body’s metabolism and how it functions and uses energy.   

A Thyroid panel usually includes:   

TSH is produced by the pituitary gland and is part of the body’s feedback system to maintain stable amounts of the thyroid hormones T3 and T4 in the blood. When thyroid hormone levels drop too low, the pituitary releases TSH. TSH in turn stimulates the production and release of T4 and T3 by the thyroid gland. When the system is functioning normally, thyroid production turns on and off to maintain constant blood thyroid hormone levels. T3 and T4 help to regulate the body’s metabolic function and energy levels.  While this is not the only hormone that controls the metabolism it is a key hormone to look at.    

  

T3 and T4 easily bind to proteins in the blood and then are not as effective on the metabolism.  Tests for free and bound T3 and or T4 can be run and will give a much better idea of metabolic function.  Very often T3/T4 bound and unbound tests are done to show a total number and what is available for use.  If you are having issues like fatigue and weight gain it might be better to get T3/T4 bound and unbound testing.  

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CBC 

What is included in a CBC?   

A CBC is typically performed using an automated instrument that measures various parameters, including cell counts and the physical features of some of the cells. A standard CBC includes:   

Red blood cell (RBC) tests:   

  • Red blood cell (RBC) countis the total number of red blood cells in your blood.   
  • Hemoglobinmeasures the amount of the oxygen-carrying protein in the blood, which gives a good idea of the number of red blood cells in the blood.   
  • Hematocritmeasures the percentage of your total blood volume that consists of red blood cells.   
  • Red blood cell indices provide information on the physical features of the RBCs:
    • Mean corpuscular volume (MCV) is a measurement of how big the RBC is. 
    • Mean corpuscular hemoglobin (MCH) is the measurement of the average amount of hemoglobin inside the RBC. 
    • Mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration (MCHC) is a measurement of the average concentration of hemoglobin in the RBC. 
    • Red cell distribution width (RDW) is the variation in the size of the RBC. 
  • The CBC may also include reticulocyte count, which shows the count/percentage of newly released young red blood cells in your blood sample. 

White blood cell (WBC) tests:   

  • White blood cell (WBC) countis a count of the total number of white blood cells.   
  • White blood cell differential The WBC differential identifies the individual categories of WBC (neutrophils, lymphocytes, monocytes, eosinophils, and basophils). This can be listed as a total number or a fraction of the total WBC.   

Platelet tests:   

  • The platelet countis the number of platelets in the blood.   
  • Mean platelet volume (MPV) is a measurement of the size of platelets. 
  • Platelet distribution width (PDW) It reflects how uniform platelets are in size. 

All blood tests give us clues as to the health of a person or a bodily system.  If there are any numbers that are out of normal ranges or you have any questions ALWAYS consult your primary care physician.  All systems in the body are interconnected so one test result often triggers the need for other tests your primary healthcare provider will know of additional places to look.   

The CMP    

The comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP) is a panel of 14 different tests. These tests track several different levels in the blood.    

As the name Metabolic Panel indicates this test looks at the current state of your metabolism.  From this test you can tell blood sugar or (glucose), electrolytes, and indications of kidney and liver health.  This test is highly important to all athletes and those trying to change their body composition.   

The CMP tests for:   

  • Glucose– the primary energy source for the body used primarily by the heart and brain.  Without proper levels energy starts to decrease and mental function can deteriorate into complete collapse.   
  • Calcium– A critical element in the body used for heart, nerves, muscles, bones and the formation of blood clots.   

Proteins   

  • Albumin– a protein made in the liver; it accounts for about 60% of the total protein in the blood.   
  • Total Protein– measures albumin as well as all other proteins in blood; proteins are important building blocks for all cells in the body.   

Electrolytes—these are minerals that are in the tissues and blood in the form of dissolved salts. Electrolytes help move nutrients into the body’s cells and help remove wastes out of the cells. They help maintain a healthy water balance and help stabilize the body’s acid-base (pH) level. The 4 tests are commonly associated with electrolytes are:   

  • Sodium– critical for normal function, including nerve and muscle function   
  • Potassium– critical for cell metabolism and muscle function, helping to transmit messages between nerves and muscles   
  • Bicarbonate (Total CO2)– helps to maintain the body’s acid-base balance (pH)   
  • Chloride– helps to regulate the amount of fluid in the body and maintain the acid-base balance   

Kidney Tests   

  • Blood urea nitrogen (BUN)– waste product filtered out of the blood by the kidneys; as kidney function decreases, the BUN level rises.   
  • Creatinine– waste product produced in the muscles; it is filtered out of the blood by the kidneys so blood levels are a good indication of how well the kidneys are working.   

Liver Tests   

Bilirubin – an orange-yellow pigment, a waste product primarily produced by the normal breakdown of heme; heme is a component of hemoglobin, which is found in red blood cells (RBCs). Bilirubin is ultimately processed by the liver so that it can be removed from the body. Higher levels of this can cause Jaundice if not filtered out of the body fast enough.   

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TESTOSTERONE   

   

Testosterone is involved in health and well-being, the prevention of osteoporosis and other significant quality of life issues. Insufficient levels of testosterone in men may lead to abnormalities including, anxiety, depression, weight gain, fatigue, erectile dysfunction, brain fog, frailty and bone loss. 

 

Testosterone has also been shown to be critical to the health and well being in women.  From muscle building, fat loss, energy, emotional stability, brain function, and overall bodily function. 

 

Testosterone is also the primary sex hormone in men. In men, testosterone plays a key role in the development of reproductive tissues such as prostate and testes, as well as promoting secondary sex characteristics such as increased bone and muscle mass, as well as an increase in body hair growth.   

 

ESTROGENS   

 

 

Estrogens are a group of steroids that are responsible for the development and function of reproductive organs, aid in pregnancy, and the formation of secondary sex characteristics in women. Along with another hormoneprogesterone, they help regulate the menstrual cycle, are involved in the growth of breasts and the uterus, and help maintain a healthy pregnancy. Though considered the main sex hormones for women, they are also found in men and play a role in bone metabolism and growth in both sexes. Estrogen labs measure one of three types of estrogen: estrone (E1), estradiol (E2), or estriol (E3) in the blood or urine.   

  • Estrone (E1) is directly converted from androstenedione (from the adrenal gland) or indirectly from other androgens. E1 can also be produced by the ovaries and placenta, testicles, and adipose (fat) tissues. E2 and E1 can be converted into each other as needed. E1 is the primary estrogen in men and in post-menopausal  
  • Estradiol (E2) is primarily produced in the ovaries in response to stimulation of FSH and LH in pre-menopausal women and in the testicles in men. E2 is converted from E1 in post-menopausal women. It is the most potent estrogen and the one that is present in the highest concentration in non-pregnant, pre-menopausal women. E2 levels vary depending on a woman’s age and reproductive status. They are a good marker of ovarian function.   

Estriol (E3) is produced by the placenta, with concentrations rising throughout a woman’s pregnancy. Increasing levels are an indication of the health of the pregnancy and developing baby. Estriol is part of the second trimester maternal serum screen, a test performed to evaluate fetal risk due to certain chromosomal abnormalities. Very low levels of E3 are present in non-pregnant women or men. 

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A thyroid panel are tests that are often ordered together to help evaluate thyroid gland function. These tests measure the amount of thyroid hormones circulating in the blood. Thyroid hormones are chemical messengers that travel through the blood and regulate the body’s metabolism and how it functions and uses energy.   

A Thyroid panel usually includes:   

TSH is produced by the pituitary gland and is part of the body’s feedback system to maintain stable amounts of the thyroid hormones T3 and T4 in the blood. When thyroid hormone levels drop too low, the pituitary releases TSH. TSH in turn stimulates the production and release of T4 and T3 by the thyroid gland. When the system is functioning normally, thyroid production turns on and off to maintain constant blood thyroid hormone levels. T3 and T4 help to regulate the body’s metabolic function and energy levels.  While this is not the only hormone that controls the metabolism it is a key hormone to look at.    

  

T3 and T4 easily bind to proteins in the blood and then are not as effective on the metabolism.  Tests for free and bound T3 and or T4 can be run and will give a much better idea of metabolic function.  Very often T3/T4 bound and unbound tests are done to show a total number and what is available for use.  If you are having issues like fatigue and weight gain it might be better to get T3/T4 bound and unbound testing.  

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Vitamin B12 or Cobalamin, is a key player in the metabolism and creation of energy in all human tissues and cells.  All B vitamins including B12 are water soluble which means it is hard to take too much.  B12 is also important in DNA synthesis, amino acid and fatty acid metabolism.  B12 plays key roles in the maintenance and normal function of the brain and nervous system. B12 is also a critical element in the creation of myelin for nerves and maturation of red blood cells from bone marrow. 

There are 4 very similar versions of B12: 

  • Cyanocobalamin– This is the most common form given to people who have low B12.  It has to be converted to the active form methylcobalaminand   
  • Methylcobalamin– This is the active form that your body needs to function.  However, if you take this form orally, as in a supplement, it will be broken down into cobalamin and then later reconverted into methylcobalaminor adenosylcobalamin  
  • Hydroxocobalamin– This form is also used to treat low B12 levels, however not as often as cyanocobalamin. 
  • Adenosylcobalamin– This is the active form that your body needs to function.  However, if you take this form orally, as in a supplement, it will be broken down into cobalamin and then later reconverted into methylcobalaminor adenosylcobalamin  

    B12 is only produced by bacteria and archaea and thus must be consumed by humans to have adequate levels.  It is possible for the bacteria to become part of the normal flora of humans and other animals however, this does not always produce adequate levels of B vitamins.  People get B12 from meat, fish, milk, fowl, eggs, and some fortified grain based foods.  There are variety of supplements and injectable options as well.  Many vegetarians and vegans have issues with B12 due to the lack of animal sources. 

    In developed countries the most common cause of low B12 levels is because of low gastric intrinsic factor (GIF). GIF needs to bind to food that is eaten in order for the body to absorb B vitamins.  Only slightly less common the lack of GIF is low stomach acid levels or (achlorhydria).  This can be from high stress, old age, or a variety of medications, like antacids. 

    Low B12 can create symptoms of: 
  • Neuropathy- loss of muscle function or coordination, tremors and spasms.  It can also create issues in the way things feel to our sense of touch. 
  • Pernicious/Megaloblastic anemia- Low B12 levels do not allow the red blood cells to develop properly.  This leads to a decrease in the ability for the body to carry oxygen.  Low oxygen levels increase the strain on the heart and the brain.  This also greatly decreases energy levels. 
  • Low energy- Since B12 is critical to oxygenation and metabolism it is not possible to have proper energy levels with low B12. 
  • Brain fog- Many people complain of the brain being “slow” or foggy with lower levels of B12.  Since oxygen and metabolism is critical to the brain low B12 should always be checked. 

Depression- The desire to be active or around people is decreased as metabolism, brain function, and energy decrease.  B12 levels should always be checked in people with depression. 

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