Anemia - Coagulation and Related Testing

Introduction Anemia - Coagulation & Related Blood Testing

The World Health Organization refers to anemia as "The Hidden Hunger" because of the significant health risk it poses world wide. It has been estimated that 3.5 million American's have anemia. Anemia is defined as a decrease in the number of red blood cells. Red blood cells carry life sustaining oxygen throughout the the entire body. Anemia can be caused by lack of B vitamins in the diet, diseases of the blood, viral infections aging, trauma and various medications. 

What is Anemia Related Blood Testing?

There are several basic tests to look for health related challenges due to anemia. A complete blood count is a common test used to determine the number of red blood cells and how healthy the red blood cells are. These numbers may differ based on gender and age. Another common test done to evaluate the type of anemia related to diet is a Vitamin B12.  Vitamin B12 is needed to produce healthy red blood cells. For a more comprehensive review of tests used to look for anemia please keep reading.

Why Perform Anemia Related Blood Testing?

Testing for anemia can be used to identify anemia or used to monitor treatments and interventions used to support those who have an known health challenge related to anemia. MyLabsForLife.com offers on line lab testing as well as understandable and informative functional lab descriptions in order to foster a proactive and preventative approach to health and wellness. When it comes to testing related to anemia and concerns related to coagulation, learning to identify “red flags” that may compromise health and wellness may offer opportunities to make lifestyle changes and nutritional support that help to maintain optimal wellness. 

Comprehensive List of Anemia Related Blood Tests to Order Online

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  • ABO Grouping (Blood Typing)

    ABO Grouping is the classification system used to determine blood types. This system is used because antibodies needed for testing are consistent and naturally present in the serum of those blood types. The potential blood types are: O positive, O negative, A positive, A negative, B positive, B negative, AB positive and AB negative. The universal donor is O negative. The universal recipient is AB positive.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:

    Fasting is not required.


    Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    785
    Cost: 
    $25.00
  • Array 10 - Cyrex Laboratories

    The Array 10 evaluates immune reactivity to 180 foods in raw and cooked or modified forms, food enzymes, lectins and artificial food additives, including meat glue, colorings and gums. Some individuals may react to a raw food, but not the cooked form—or vice versa, and Array 10 is the only food immune reactivity test on the market that assesses foods in both their raw and cooked or modified forms. Array 10 is recommended for individuals with unexplained symptoms whether gastrointestinal, neurological, dermatological or behavioral in nature, or are suspected of having increased intestinal permeability—the gateway for environmentally-induced autoimmune disorders.

    Multiple Food Immune Reactivity Screen

    Cyrex Test Instructions:
    1. This is a Serum (blood) test.
    2. Cyrex Laboratories Blood Draw Instructions will be mailed with a Test Requisition and specimen collection kit upon receipt of payment by MyLabsforLife.
    3. Fasting not required, but please abstain from consuming overly fatty foods prior to blood draw to avoid sample rejection.
    4. Corticosteroid use and immunosuppressant drugs affect antibody production and therefore may impact test results. Please consult with your healthcare provider prior to testing if taking these medications.
    5. Please note: Cyrex Laboratories cannot accept samples from NY.

    Cyrex Laboratories Blood Draw Instructions: 
    1. Specimen collection services may be available to you at no additional charge through the Cyrex Laboratories network of contracted draw centers.
    2. This service is not available to minors under the age of 16 and is not guaranteed in all geographical areas.

    Please note that Cyrex cannot accept samples from NY.

    1. Visit www.Cyrexlabs.com and click on the blue “Schedule Blood Draw” link on the right hand side of the screen under “Patients.”
    2. Enter your Requisition ID and Confirmation Code, located at the top right hand side of the Cyrex Test Requisition Form.
    3. Click on the red “Payment and Scheduling” button. 

    Locate Contracted Draw Centers and Generate Blood Draw Authorization Form (NOT AVAILABLE IN NY)
    1. To locate the nearest contracted draw center and generate a Blood Draw Authorization form, enter a zip code if the pre-entered code is incorrect, and click on the red “Search” button. 
    2. Select a date (Monday through Friday) from the calendar provided. 
    3. Select the red “Schedule” button next to the draw center of your choice.
    4. Review your selected date and draw center location, if correct click the red “Schedule”  button at the top or bottom of the screen or     make the appropriate changes and then click “Schedule.” 
    5. Click on the “Print” button (orange printer) at the top of the screen to print the Blood Draw Authorization form. You must bring this   form with you to the appointment.
    6. Proceed to the selected blood draw center at the chosen date to complete the blood draw.

    Cyrex-contracted draw centers require the following items to perform the draw:

    1. Blood Draw Authorization form
    2. Test Requisition provided by MyLabsforLife
    3. Specimen collection kit provided by MyLabsforLife.
    4. Please ensure that you have all three items when arriving at the draw center.

    Additional Charge Option: Home Health Services (HHS) Mobile Phlebotomist (NOT AVAILABLE IN NY)
    1. If there are no contracted facilities near you, Home Health Services may be available in your area. Click on the blue “Click Here” link on the Schedule Blood Draw page.
    2. Add any Comments/Special Needs you may have, in the box provided. Please enter the best number to reach you for scheduling and your physical address
    3. The fee for Home Health Services is $44.50. Clients in remote areas may incur additional fees. To make payment for this service, enter your credit card information and click on the red “Submit” button.
    4. At this point, the Home Health Services request has been generated. You will receive a call from Cyrex Labs to confirm your address, phone number and ensure you have all required materials for the home visit.
    5. Be sure to have all required items at the time of the appointment.

    Required items for Home Health Services are:

    1. Test Requisition form (provided by MyLabsforLife)
    2. Specimen Collection Kit (provided by MyLabsforLIfe)
    3. UPS Shipping Label included with the collection kit.

    If you experience difficulty scheduling your blood draw online or have special circumstances, Cyrex Phlebotomy Services is available to assist you Mon.- Fri. 8am-5pm. Please call toll free 877-772-9739.

    1. Samples will be processed within 14 business days receipt at the laboratory.
    2. A copy of your test results will be mailed to you from MyLabsForLife.

    Disclaimer:
    Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.

    Test code: 
    Array 10 - Cyrex Laboraties
    Cost: 
    $665.00
  • Calcium, Ionized (Serum)

    This blood test is also known as Ca++, Ionized, Serum; Calcium Filterable, Serum; Calcium Free, Serum; Calcium Unbound, Serum; Ionized Calcium, Serum.
    This test measures calcium that is biologically active. Calcium is essential for the healthy development and maintenance of teeth and bones. It is also a critical electrolyte, essential for the healthy function of muscles, nerves and blood clotting.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:

    No fasting required.


    Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.

    Test code: 
    306
    Cost: 
    $56.00
  • Complete Blood Count (CBC) With Differential

    This blood test includes hematocrit, hemoglobin, mean corpuscular volume, hemoglobin concentration, red cell distribution, percentage and absolute differential counts, platelet count, red cell count and a white blood cell count.
    A Complete Blood Count (CBC) is one of the most common tests used to assess and monitor overall health status. Changing levels of red or white blood cells may indicate the presence of disease or infection and are very helpful in a health screening. Baseline levels are important for future comparisons when evaluating over all health and wellness.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:

    No fasting required.


    Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    6399
    Cost: 
    $15.00
  • Complete Metabolic Panel 14 (CMP 14)

    A Complete Metabolic Panel (CMP), also known as a Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP) is a metabolic panel that includes: 
    Alanine aminotransferase (ALT/SGPT), albumin: globulin (A: G) ratio, albumin, alkaline phosphatase, aspartate aminotransferase (AST/SGOT), bilirubin total, BUN, Bun: creatinine ratio, calcium, carbon dioxide, chloride, creatinine, calcium, potassium, protein total and sodium. is one of the most common tests used to assess and monitor overall health status because it provides important information about the current status of kidney and liver function, a basic review of electrolytes as well as blood proteins and fluid balance. This test can offer important information about blood sugar when done fasting.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:

    It is best to be fasting for approximately 9-12 hours prior to lab collection (without food or liquids except water).

    Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    10231
    Cost: 
    $25.00
  • Comprehensive Stool Analysis with Parasitology x3 (Doctor’s Data)

    The Comprehensive Stool Analysis with Parasitology x 3 is used to objectively evaluate the status of beneficial and imbalanced commensal bacteria, pathogenic bacteria, yeast/fungus and parasites.

    Test Description:
    Gastrointestinal complaints are among the most common in medical care. This comprehensive profile helps pinpoint the causes of gastrointestinal symptoms and chronic systemic conditions, and measures key markers of digestion, absorption and inflammation. Using growth-based culture, the standard of practice in clinical microbiology, as well as sensitive biochemical assays and microscopy, this thorough profile evaluates the status of beneficial and pathogenic microorganisms including aerobic and anaerobic bacteria, yeast and parasites. Antimicrobial susceptibility testing to prescriptive and natural agents is also performed for appropriate bacterial and fungal species at no additional charge. Parasitology testing can include one-, two- or three-day collection, based on practitioner preference.

    Detailed Information:
    The Comprehensive Stool Analysis with Parasitology x 3 is an invaluable non-invasive diagnostic assessment that permits practitioners to objectively evaluate the status of beneficial and imbalanced commensal bacteria, pathogenic bacteria, yeast/fungus and parasites. Precise identification of pathogenic species and susceptibility testing greatly facilitates selection of the most appropriate pharmaceutical or natural treatment agents.

    Important information regarding the efficiency of digestion and absorption can be gleaned from the measurement of the fecal levels of elastase (pancreatic exocrine sufficiency), fat, muscle and vegetable fibers, and carbohydrates. Inflammation can significantly increase intestinal permeability and compromise assimilation of nutrients. The extent of inflammation, whether caused by pathogens or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), can be assessed and monitored by examination of the levels of biomarkers such as lysozyme, lactoferrin, white blood cells and mucus. These markers can be used to differentiate between inflammation associated with potentially life-threatening inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which requires lifelong treatment, and less severe inflammation that can be associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) which is frequently due to the presence of enteroinvasive pathogens. Lactoferrin is only markedly elevated prior to and during the active phases of IBD, but not with IBS. Monitoring fecal lactoferrin levels in patients with IBD can therefore facilitate timely treatment of IBD, and the test can be ordered separately. Since the vast majority of secretory IgA (sIgA) is normally present in the GI tract, where it prevents binding of pathogens and antigens to the mucosal membrane, it is essential to know the status of sIgA in the gut. sIgA is the only bona fide marker of humoral immune status in the GI tract.

    Cornerstones of good health include proper digestion of food, assimilation of nutrients, exclusion of pathogens and timely elimination of waste. To obtain benefits from food that is consumed, nutrients must be appropriately digested and then efficiently absorbed into portal circulation. Microbes, larger-sized particles of fiber, and undigested foodstuffs should remain within the intestinal lumen. Poor digestion and malabsorption of vital nutrients can contribute to degenerative diseases, compromised immune status and nutritional deficiencies. Impairment of the highly specific nutrient uptake processes, or compromised GI barrier function, as in "leaky gut syndrome," can result from a number of causes including:

    • Low gastric acid production
    • Chronic maldigestion
    • Food allergen impact on bowel absorptive surfaces
    • Bacterial overgrowth or imbalances (dysbiosis)
    • Pathogenic bacteria, yeast or parasites and related toxic irritants
    • The use of NSAIDs and antibiotics

    Impairment of intestinal functions can contribute to the development of food allergies, systemic illnesses, autoimmune disease, and toxic overload from substances that are usually kept in the confines of the bowel for elimination. Efficient remediation of GI dysfunctions incorporates a comprehensive guided approach that should include consideration of elimination of pathogens and exposure to irritants, supplementation of hydrochloric acid, pancreatic enzymes and pre- and probiotics, and repair of the mucosal barrier.

    Sample Result.

    Test Preparation for Optimal Results:
    See Collection Information

    Test Results:
    8-14 business days one the lab has received the test kit.

    Disclaimer:
    Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.

    Test code: 
    Comprehensive Stool Analysis with Parasitology x3
    Cost: 
    $385.00
  • D-Dimer (Quantitative)

    A D-dimer is a blood test to help evaluate for possible blood clots. A D-dimer measures the tendency of blood to clot inappropriately. A D-dimer may be used to evaluate possible health threats such as a stroke, DVT (deep vein thrombosis), PE (pulmonary embolism) and arterial plaque rupture.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:

    Fasting not required.


    Disclaimer: A health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    8659
    Cost: 
    $78.00
  • Ferritin

    This blood test measures ferritin levels in the blood. Ferritin is a protein produced in the liver for the storage of iron. Ferritin is used to evaluate iron stores in the body. Ferritin helps identify iron deficiency anemia and may be a better indicator of iron deficiency anemia than hemoglobin. Ferritin levels increase with increases in inflammatory markers such as C-Reactive Protein (CRP) and Interleukin (IL-10). Iron plays an essential role in supporting and maintaining healthy brain tissue. Conversely, iron can also play a toxic role by exacerbating damage to brain tissue as seen in stroke or trauma. In neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, elevated levels of iron have been found in areas of the brain that are affected by these neurodegenerative diseases.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
    If possible, have the lab collected early in the morning or shortly after waking. For comparison purposes, have subsequent labs collected close to the same time.

    Disclaimer: A health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    457
    Cost: 
    $38.00
  • Fibrinogen Activity (Clauss)

    Fibrinogen is a clot-regulating protein and biological indicator of the stickiness and thickness of blood. Fibrinogen is essential for the formation of a blood clot. A deficiency in fibrinogen can produce mild to severe bleeding disorders. A fibrinogen activity test is a blood test used to detect a possible bleeding disorder, abnormal clotting activity or thrombotic episodes. This test may also be used in conjunction with other cardiac risk markers such as C-reactive protein (CRP), to help obtain additional information when evaluating risk for coronary heart disease and to help guide therapeutic interventions. Tobacco use increases fibrinogen levels.


    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:

    If possible, have the lab collected early in the morning or shortly after waking. Do not take supplements on the day of the test. For comparison purposes, have subsequent labs collected close to the same time.

    Disclaimer: A health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    461
    Cost: 
    $48.00
  • Folate (Folic Acid) Vitamin B9

    This blood test measures folate levels within blood. Folate is categorized as a B vitamin. Folate is needed for the synthesis of DNA in rapidly dividing cells. Symptoms associated with folate deficiency may include mental confusion, forgetfulness, cognitive decline, depression, irritability, diarrhea, macrocytic anemia with weakness or shortness of breath, peripheral neuropathy, sore or swollen tongue, peptic or mouth ulcers, headaches and heart palpitations. Low levels of folate can also lead to elevated levels of homocysteine. DNA synthesis and repair may be impaired and this could lead to the development of a potential cancer. Folic acid levels may be elevated when Vitamin B 12 is low, since Vitamin B 12 is needed in order for folate to enter the cells.


    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:

    If possible, have the lab collected early in the morning or shortly after waking. For comparison purposes, have subsequent labs collected close to the same time.

    Disclaimer: A health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    466
    Cost: 
    $36.00
  • Folate, RBC

    This blood test measures folate levels within the red blood cells. Folic acid is categorized as a B vitamin. Folic acid is needed for the synthesis of DNA in rapidly dividing cells. Symptoms associated with folate deficiency may include mental confusion, forgetfulness, cognitive decline, depression, irritability, diarrhea, macrocytic anemia with weakness or shortness of breath, peripheral neuropathy, sore or swollen tongue, peptic or mouth ulcers, headaches and heart palpitations. Low levels of folate can also lead to elevated levels of homocysteine. DNA synthesis and repair may be impaired and this could lead to the development of a potential cancer. Folic acid levels may be elevated when Vitamin B 12 is low, since Vitamin B 12 is needed in order for folic acid to enter the cells.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
    If possible, have the lab collected early in the morning or shortly after waking. For comparison purposes, have subsequent labs collected close to the same time.

    Disclaimer: A health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    467
    Cost: 
    $48.00
  • Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase (G6PD) Quant Blood and RBC

    This blood test is used to detect a Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency. G6PD is found in all human cells but plays a significant role in red blood cells. Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase is an enzyme that uses metabolic reactions to support the cell's ability to keep glutathione in its reduced form and support the metabolic roles that support vitamin C and E's antioxidant functions. G6PD deficiency is a sex-linked trait and is the most prevalent enzyme deficiency in the world. Approximately 400 million people live with this enzyme deficiency. It is most prevalent in people of Mediterranean, African and Asian descent. Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase deficiency is also known as favism and primaquine sensitivity. Other substances that should be used with caution in those affected with G6PD deficiency are antimalarials and sulfonamide antibiotics. Questions have been raised about the safety of vitamin C use in G6PD deficient persons. The iron level in G6PD deficient cells may interact with the Vitamin C causing red blood cells to rupture promoting a hemolytic crisis. To prevent complications, administration of Vitamin C in those affected by a G6PD deficiency should be closely observed.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
    If possible, have the lab collected early in the morning or shortly after waking. For comparison purposes, have subsequent labs collected close to the same time.

    Disclaimer: A health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    500
    Cost: 
    $52.00
  • Iron (Fe)

    This blood test measures Iron levels. Iron is an essential nutrient needed in small amounts to help develop healthy red blood cells (RBC) and is found in all living organisms. Iron is a critical component of hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that binds oxygen in the lungs and releases it as blood travels throughout the rest of the body. The human body closely controls iron uptake. Heavy metal toxicity, lack of iron containing foods and genetic defects may disrupt or impair the synthesis of iron in the body. Common symptoms associated with low iron levels are fatigue, depression, impaired learning, cognitive decline, poor memory, irritability, poor coordination, difficulty swallowing, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, joint pain, leg cramps, sores on the skin, poor wound healing, hair loss, headaches, burning tongue, numbness and tingling, and chronic bladder infections, to name a few.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:

    If possible, have the lab collected early in the morning or shortly after waking. For comparison purposes, have subsequent labs collected close to the same time.

    Disclaimer: A health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    571
    Cost: 
    $28.00
  • Iron and Total Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC)

    This blood test measures Iron and Total Iron-Binding Capacity (TIBC) levels. The total amount of iron bound to transferrin is known as Total Iron-Binding Capacity (TIBC). The body makes transferrin in relationship to the need for iron. Total Iron Binding Capacity is an approximate estimation of the serum transferrin level. Iron plays a principle role in producing red blood cells and is transported in the blood as transferrin, a major transport protein. TIBC is low with iron deficiency anemia and high with anemia of chronic disease. TIBC is also used to help confirm a diagnoses of iron overload, also known as hemochromatosis.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
    If possible, have the lab collected early in the morning or shortly after waking. For comparison purposes, have subsequent labs collected close to the same time.

    Disclaimer: A health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    7573
    Cost: 
    $38.00
  • Lactic Acid Dehydrogenase (LDH)

    This blood test measures Lactic Acid Dehydrogenase (LDH) levels. Lactic Acid Dehydrogenase (LDH) is an enzyme that is present in most tissues in the body, especially the heart, liver, kidney, skeletal muscle, brain, lungs and blood. LDH plays an active role in the production of energy and is used to measure cellular damage. Elevated levels of LDH are associated with cardiovascular disease, anemia, tissue destruction, viral infections and Vitamin B12 deficiency.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
    If possible, have the lab collected early in the morning or shortly after waking. For comparison purposes, have subsequent labs collected close to the same time.

    Disclaimer: A health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    593
    Cost: 
    $42.00
  • Methylmalonic Acid (MMA)

    This blood test measures Methylmalonic Acid (MMA) levels. Methylmalonic acid is produced when certain amino acids break down in the body. Methylmalonic Acid is used to help detect early and/or mild vitamin B12 deficiency, especially at the tissue level. Methylmalonic acid is an important component to evaluate when diagnosing vitamin B12 deficiency anemia. This test is frequently used in conjunction with a B 12 level and a homocysteine in order to have a more in depth look when assessing B12 and homocysteine levels. Methylmalonic acid levels may be elevated in those who suffer from kidney disease.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
    If possible, have the lab collected early in the morning or shortly after waking. For comparison purposes, have subsequent labs collected close to the same time.

    Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    91002
    Cost: 
    $68.00
  • Prothrombin Time (PT)(INR) & PTT

    Prothrombin Time (PT) is also known as "ProTime INR" and "INR PT". A prothrombin time is used to measure specific coagulation pathways in order to determine the clotting tendency of blood. A prothrombin time is a crucial lab value when monitoring anticoagulant therapy. It is also used in the screening process for fibrinogen and clotting factor deficiencies, liver function and to evaluate Vitamin K status.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:

    If possible, have the lab collected early in the morning or shortly after waking. For comparison purposes, have subsequent labs collected close to the same time.

    Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    4914
    Cost: 
    $28.00
  • RealTime Mold Testing

    Mold & Mycotoxin Testing  

    Testing for mold/mycotoxins in humans is a simple and usually noninvasive procedure. The RealTime Lab mycotoxin test detects 15 different mycotoxins, including 9 macrocyclic trichothecenes. 

    There are estimated to be over 50,000 different species of mold, but only about 200 present serious health risks to humans or animals. These harmful species are referred to as toxic mold and are potentially hazardous because they can produce toxins known as mycotoxins. And their impact can be life threatening.

    Mycotoxin Tests are performed for Tricothecenes, Ochratoxins, Aflatoxins and Gliotoxin. Anyone in contact with mold exposure or with prolonged symptoms of exposure should consider being tested for mycotoxins.

    The RealTime Labs mycotoxin test detects 15 different mycotoxins, including 9 macrocyclic trichothecenes. Testing is done using competitive ELISA, a very sensitive detection method using antibodies prepared against mycotoxins. In fact, RealTime Labs was recently granted a U.S. patent for its macrocyclic trichothecene test.

    This RealTime lab test looks for these specific Molds & Mycotoxins:

    Ochratoxins: 
    • Ochratoxin A is evaluated using ImmunoSorbant Columns containing antibodies to the Ochratoxin A. Results are reported as PRESENT or NOT PRESENT.
    • Ochratoxins A
    Trichothecenes: 
    • Tricothecenes are evaluated by using Enzyme-Linked ImmunoSorbant Assay (ELISA). The test at RTL has been validated as a qualitative test. Thus, RTL reports whether tricothecenes are PRESENT or NOT PRESENT.
    • Satratoxin G
    • Satratoxin H
    • Isosatratoxin F
    • Roridin A
    • Roridin E
    • Roridin H
    • Roridin L-2
    • Verrucarin A
    • Verrucarin J
    Alfatoxins: 
    • Aflatoxins are evaluated using ImmunoSorbant Columns containing antibodies to the group of aflatoxins (B1, B2, G1, and G2). Results are reported as PRESENT or NOT PRESENT. 
    • Aflatoxin B1
    • Aflatoxin B2
    • Aflatoxin G1
    • Aflatoxin G2
    Gliotoxin:
    • Glitoxin is a mycotoxin produced by Aspergillus fumigatus, a major cause of death in immunocompromised patients. Gliotoxin has been demonstrated to have significant immunosuppressive effects and may play a role in teh evasion of host defenses in Invasive Aspergillosis.
    All mycotoxin testing results are displayed in an easy-to-understand numeric format, showing detection levels in ppb as standardized by the FDA, WHO, CDC and Food Industry for clinical use. Results also tell if the test was positive, negative or equivocal, along with ranges of detection for each. 
    The health affects of mold and mycotoxin exposure are numerous. Mold  

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results & Test Kit Instructions: 
    • No fasting required. Test sample is a urine sample. 
    • Processing time after the test kit is received is approximately 10-14 Business Days. MyLabsForLife will send you a copy of your test results after they have posted.
    • Kits, with collection instructions, will be sent by UPS within 24 hours of receipt of payment to MyLabsForLife.com.  Depending on your location, UPS delivery can be 1-6 business days (1-4 business days in 80% of the U.S.). The kit is returned to RealTime Labs in the prepaid, 2-day ground UPS shipper that comes with the kit. For test kit information, please contact the support staff at Real Time Labs: 1-855-692-6767.
    • Please note: This test is not available in these states at this time: NY, NJ & RI


    Test code: 
    RealTime Labs Mold and Mycotoxin
    Cost: 
    $699.00
  • Testosterone Free and Total

    This blood test measures Total and Free Testosterone. Testosterone is an anabolic steroid hormone, which is synthesized from cholesterol and secreted in the testes and ovaries. Small amounts of testosterone are also secreted by the adrenal glands. Testosterone is the primary anabolic steroid that orchestrates metabolism and the restoration and regeneration of healthy tissues. Men produce approximately ten times more testosterone than women. Women however, are far more sensitive to testosterone. Testosterone levels in men may begin to decrease with age, obesity and diabetes. Symptoms of decreased levels of testosterone may include a change in libido, decreased feeling of well-being, osteopenia/osteoporosis, decreased quality of life, depression, anemia, muscle loss and cognitive decline. Testosterone has many positive health associations to include supporting protein synthesis, cardiovascular protection, improved cognitive function, reduced inflammation, increased levels of hemoglobin and hematocrit and decreased risk of Alzheimer's. It is important to know that a zinc deficiency lowers testosterone levels. This test may help determine whether or not testosterone replacement should be considered for treatment of poor mental performance, heart disease, chronic infections, bone disease, abdominal obesity, loss of libido and depression.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
    If possible, have the lab collected early in the morning or shortly after waking. For comparison purposes, have subsequent labs collected close to the same time.

    Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    36170
    Cost: 
    $78.00
  • Testosterone, Woman / Child

    This blood test measures Testosterone. Testosterone is an anabolic steroid hormone, which is synthesized from cholesterol and secreted in the testes and ovaries. Small amounts of testosterone are also secreted by the adrenal glands. Testosterone is the primary anabolic steroid that orchestrates metabolism and the restoration and regeneration of healthy tissues. Men produce approximately ten times more testosterone than women. Women, however, are far more sensitive to testosterone. Testosterone levels in men may begin to decrease with age, obesity and diabetes. Symptoms of decreased levels of testosterone may include a change in libido, decreased feeling of well-being, osteopenia/osteoporosis, decreased quality of life, depression, anemia, muscle loss and cognitive decline. Testosterone has many positive health associations to include supporting protein synthesis, cardiovascular protection, improved cognitive function, reduced inflammation, increased levels of hemoglobin and hematocrit and a decreased risk of Alzheimer's disease. It is important to know that a zinc deficiency lowers testosterone levels. This test may help determine whether or not testosterone replacement should be considered for treatment of poor mental performance, heart disease, chronic infections, bone disease, abdominal obesity, loss of libido and depression.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
    If possible, have the lab collected early in the morning or shortly after waking. For comparison purposes, have subsequent labs collected close to the same time.

    Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    15983
    Cost: 
    $58.00
  • Thyroid Basic Panel

    The Thyroid Basic Panel includes a TSH, T4, FT3 and a FT4. This group of individual tests was strategically constructed in order to review a broader perspective of thyroid function. The conventional review of thyroid function is usually based on a thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) level alone. The Thyroid Basic Panel may also be used to monitor the effectiveness of either thyroid replacement therapy or evaluate thyroid suppression therapy. A decrease in the amount of thyroid hormone can cause symptoms similar to depression. Many factors may disrupt the balance of thyroid hormone production, including medications, allergies (wheat & gluten), anemia, poor gastrointestinal function, insulin resistance, bone metabolism, hormone imbalances, nutrient deficiencies such as selenium, iodine, tyrosine, manganese as well as decreased levels of Vitamin A & D. Thyroid function is also affected by stress, environmental toxins such as pesticides and PCB's. Thyroid function is also dependent on adequate levels of Progesterone and Sex Binding Hormone Globulin (SHBG).

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
    If possible, have the lab collected early in the morning or shortly after waking. For comparison purposes, have subsequent labs collected close to the same time.

    Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.

    Something To Consider:
    When evaluating thyroid function, it is important to look for the presence of thyroid autoantibodies. The presence of thyroid autoantibodies may lead to the destruction of the thyroid gland. Autoantibodies are more likely to appear after trauma to, or inflammation of, the thyroid gland. The two most common antibodies are Thyroid Autoantibodies (TAA) and Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies (TPO ab). There is an established relationship between gluten sensitivity and Thyroid Peroxidase antibodies. Each of these tests may be ordered separately. For more information on  thyroid antibodies, please refer to the Individual Lab section of My Labs For Life.
    Test code: 
    Thyroid Basic Panel
    Cost: 
    $155.00
  • Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)

    This blood test measures Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) or thyrotropin levels. Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) is the most common and sensitive marker of thyroid function. It is a hormone that is secreted by the pituitary gland to stimulate thyroid activity. TSH levels increase when T4 levels drop. Conversely, TSH levels decrease when T4 rises. This test is usually the only test evaluated when thyroid function is being reviewed. This test is not sufficient when evaluating thyroid function. Many factors may disrupt the balance of thyroid hormone production, including medications, allergies (wheat & gluten), anemia, poor gastrointestinal function, insulin resistance, bone metabolism, hormone imbalances, nutrient deficiencies such as selenium, decreased levels of Vitamin A & D and metabolic disruptors such as PCBs to name a few. 

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
    If possible, have the lab collected early in the morning or shortly after waking. For comparison purposes, have subsequent labs collected close to the same time.

    Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    899
    Cost: 
    $34.00
  • Thyroxine (T4)

    This blood test measures Thyroxine (T4) levels. Thyroxine (T4) is the major hormone produced and secreted by the thyroid gland. Thyroxine (T4) is named after the four molecules of iodine attached to it. Thyroxine (T4) is converted into the more active form of the hormone called triiodothyronine (T3). Approximately 20% of thyroxine (T4) is converted to triiodothyronine (T3) in the intestines, but only in the presence of friendly flora such as Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacteria. The conversion of T4 to T3 is also dependent on the presence of iodine, selenium, zinc and tyrosine, as well as other nutrients. Elevated levels of T4 are associated with symptoms such as anxiety, insomnia, diarrhea, and muscle aches and pains. Low levels of T4, known as hypothyroidism, are associated with symptoms such as depression, weight gain, dry skin, hair loss, constipation and cold intolerance.  Many factors may disrupt the balance of thyroid hormone production, including medications, allergies (wheat & gluten), anemia, poor gastrointestinal function, insulin resistance, bone metabolism, hormone imbalances, nutrient deficiencies such as selenium, decreased levels of Vitamin A & D and metabolic disruptors such as PCBs to name a few.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
    If possible, have the lab collected early in the morning or shortly after waking. For comparison purposes, have subsequent labs collected close to the same time.

    Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    867
    Cost: 
    $21.00
  • Thyroxine (T4) Free, Direct (FT4)

    This test measures Thyroxine T4 (Free). Thyroxine (T4) Free measures the free or unbound (bioavailable) thyroxine levels in the bloodstream. Free T4 is usually elevated in hyperthyroidism, and lowered in hypothyroidism. Free or unbound T4 levels correspond to the level of hormone available for uptake and use by cells. Bound levels represent a circulating hormone, all of which may not be readily available to the body, because it can be affected by certain medications, illness, and physical changes such as pregnancy. Because the free levels of T4 represent immediately available hormone, free T4 is thought to be a better indicator of thyroid hormone status than total T4. Many factors may disrupt the balance of thyroid hormone production, including medications, allergies (wheat & gluten), anemia, poor gastrointestinal function, insulin resistance, bone metabolism, hormone imbalances, nutrient deficiencies such as selenium, decreased levels of Vitamin A & D and metabolic disruptors such as PCBs to name a few.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
    If possible, have the lab collected early in the morning or shortly after waking. For comparison purposes, have subsequent labs collected close to the same time.

    Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    866
    Cost: 
    $38.00
  • Transferrin

    This fasting blood test is used to measure Transferrin levels. Transferrin is the transport protein for iron. Blood levels are used to evaluate anemia, inflammation and nutritional status. Research has demonstrated a significant correlation between the severity of dementia in Alzheimer's disease and levels of both transferrin and ferritin. Elevated transferrin levels are found in iron deficiency, pregnancy, and in those taking birth control pills. Decreased levels are found in chronic inflammation, liver disease, kidney disease, cancer or when there are excessive amounts of iron in the body.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
    It is best to be fasting for approximately 9-12 hours prior to lab collection (without food or liquids except water).

    Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    891
    Cost: 
    $58.00
  • Triiodothyronine (T3)

    This blood test measures Triiodothyronine (T3) levels. Triiodothyronine is the most active form of the thyroid hormone and is primarily produced from the conversion of thyroxine in the peripheral tissue. Approximately 20% of thyroxine (T4) is converted to triiodothyronine (T3) in the intestines, but only in the presence of friendly flora such as Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacteria. Triiodothyronine (T3) affects almost every physiological process in the body, including growth and development, metabolism, body temperature, heart rate and may increase serotonin levels in the brain. Many factors may disrupt the balance of thyroid hormone production, including medications, allergies (wheat & gluten), anemia, poor gastrointestinal function, insulin resistance, bone metabolism, hormone imbalances, nutrient deficiencies such as selenium, decreased levels of Vitamin A & D and metabolic disruptors such as PCBs to name a few.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
    If possible, have the lab collected early in the morning or shortly after waking. For comparison purposes, have subsequent labs collected close to the same time.

    Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    859
    Cost: 
    $36.00
  • Triiodothyronine Free (FT3)

    Triiodothyronine Free (FT3) is a blood test that measures the free or unbound (bioavailable) Free T3 hormone available to receptor sites. Free T3 is the most active form of the thyroid hormone and is primarily produced from the conversion of thyroxine in the peripheral tissue. Approximately 20% of thyroxine (T4) is converted to triiodothyronine (T3) in the intestines, but only in the presence of friendly flora such as Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacteria. Triiodothyronine Free (FT3) is used to measure Free T3, the active form of thyroid hormone. It is an excellent marker to measure the amount of active thyroid hormone that is available to bind with thyroid receptor sites. Many health care providers believe that evaluating (FT3) is the best indicator of thyroid function. A (FT3) test is frequently used to support a diagnosis of hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. Hypothyroidism is a condition where (FT3) blood levels are low. Symptoms may include weight gain, constipation, dry skin and hair loss. When low (FT3) levels go undetected, chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes may develop. Hyperthyroidism is the term for elevated T3 blood levels. Symptoms can include anxiety, insomnia, heart palpitations and bowel discomfort.  Many factors may disrupt the balance of thyroid hormone production, including medications, allergies (wheat & gluten), anemia, poor gastrointestinal function, insulin resistance, bone metabolism, hormone imbalances, nutrient deficiencies such as selenium, decreased levels of Vitamin A & D and metabolic disruptors such as PCBs to name a few.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
    If possible, have the lab collected early in the morning or shortly after waking. For comparison purposes, have subsequent labs collected close to the same time.

    Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    34429
    Cost: 
    $74.00
  • Vitamin B12

    This blood test measures Vitamin B12 levels. All of the water-soluble B vitamins work as a team to help promote healthy nerves, skin, eyes, hair, liver, muscle tone and cardiovascular function. Vitamin B12 is necessary for red blood cell production and neural function. Deficiencies in Vitamin B12 may be due to an inherited factor, limited dietary intake or problems with absorption (due to lack of intrinsic factor or gastric secretions in the stomach). A Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause anemia, neurologic disorders and an elevation in the inflammatory marker homocysteine, which has been implicated in Alzheimer's disease. If B12 is deficient, the body can have a difficult time using the B vitamin, folate.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
    If possible, have the lab collected early in the morning or shortly after waking. For comparison purposes, have subsequent labs collected close to the same time.

    Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    927
    Cost: 
    $42.00
  • Vitamin B12 & Folate

    This blood test measures both Vitamin B12 and Folate levels. All of the water-soluble B vitamins work as a team to help promote healthy nerves, skin, eyes, hair, liver, muscle tone and cardiovascular function. Adequate levels help to protect from the mental strain caused by depression and anxiety. Vitamin B12 helps spark the production of healthy red blood cells and is needed to support the nervous system. Vitamin B12 helps support the synthesis of the neurotransmitter, serotonin. Conditions associated with decreased levels of Vitamin B12 include anemia, nervous system disorders, memory, muscle strength, hypochlorhydria (low levels of needed stomach acid) and inflammatory bowel diseases. A Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause neuropathy in a treatable dementia, which is most often seen after the age of forty. Folic Acid is the co-enzyme required for purine synthesis and blood production. A deficiency of folic acid can cause symptoms similar to those seen in a deficiency of Vitamin B12, which is why it is recommended both of these B vitamins be checked at the same time. Current research has shown that B vitamins may help reduce levels of homocysteine, an inflammatory marker strongly associated with Alzheimer's disease.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
    If possible, have the lab collected early in the morning or shortly after waking. For comparison purposes, have subsequent labs collected close to the same time.

    Disclaimer: A health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    7065
    Cost: 
    $52.00

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