Bone Health and Related Testing

Introduction to Bone Health Related Blood Testing

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What is Bone Health Related Blood Testing?

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Why Perform Bone Health Related Blood Testing?

MyLabsForLife.com offers lab testing and health and wellness education using functional medicine perspective. A Functional Medicine approach evaluates the body as a whole, with a unique perspective focused on the relationship of one body system to another as well as potential nutrient imbalances and toxic overload that may compromise these relationships. MyLabsForLife.com offers the opportunity to identify red flags that may compromise bone health and wellness. Lab panels have been strategically constructed in order to evaluate nutritional, biochemical, or physiological imbalance. 

Comprehensive List of Bone Health Related Blood Tests to Order Online

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  • Alkaline Phosphatase

    This blood test measures Alkaline Phosphatase levels. Alkaline phosphatase is a group of enzymes found throughout the body, specifically in the bone, liver, placenta and intestine. Like all enzymes, it is needed in small amounts to trigger specific chemical reactions. Differing forms of the enzyme occur in healthy and malignant tissues. Alkaline Phosphatase is dependent on zinc for optimal functioning. Low levels of alkaline phosphatase are associated with zinc deficiency. Common causes of elevated alkaline phosphatase include extra-hepatic or common bile duct obstruction, viral hepatitis, colitis, ulcers and fatty liver disease. Another cause of an elevated alkaline phosphatase may be due to the presence of organisms (bacteria, yeast and amoebas) and their toxins that are easily absorbed into an already compromised digestive barrier, which may precipitate an auto-immune response. Lowered levels may indicate anemia, hypothyroidism and osteoporosis.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
     
    Fasting is not required.

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

    Test code: 
    234
    Cost: 
    $49.00
  • Basic Female Hormone Panel

    The philosophy of functional medicine is focused on supporting the body‘s individual and unique state of health and well-being. Hormones are the language of our body. This specific language follows a feed back system that travels fluently and continuously throughout every cell in our body to maintain homeostasis (health). Another way to think about it is when our hormones are out of balance, so is our immune system. Several of the same steroid hormones are measured in both the male and female panels because each gender should have a have balanced amount of the hormones being evaluated. Emotional stress may inhibit the natural production of estrogen and progesterone. Eating food high in protein or saturated fats may increase estrogen and progesterone production naturally whereas diets high in processed foods or exposure to environmental toxins may decrease the production of female hormones. When hormones are out of balance there is an increase in cardiovascular disease, metabolic imbalances and cancer. To be more specific, research has demonstrated when testosterone levels are low; there is an increase in Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis, cardiac disease and the development of chronic muscle wasting.

    This panel includes Estradiol Ultra Sensitive, Progesterone and Testosterone Woman/Child.

    • Estrogens are responsible for giving women their female characteristics, maintaining blood supply to the skin, make menstruation possible and stimulate the sympathetic nervous system, which increases mental alertness. Estradiol (Ultra Sensitive) is the estrogen tested in this panel.
    • Progesterone is also known to have an affect on sleep, respiration, mood, appetite, learning and memory. Progesterone is a neurosteroid, which means it is neuroprotective. Progesterone supports the normal development of neurons in the brain and has a protective effect on damaged brain tissue. It is important toassess thyroid function when evaluating progesterone levels. Thyroid hormones sensitize cells so progesterone can be readily used. If cells are not exposed to enough thyroid hormones, progesterone cannotenter the cells.
    • Symptoms of decreased levels of testosterone may include a change in libido, depression, and cognitive decline. Healthy levels of testosterone are associated with cardiovascular protection, decrease in inflammation, decrease in anemia, decrease in cognitive decline and risk for developing Alzheimer‘s disease.It is important to know that a Zinc deficiency lowers testosterone levels.
    Remember, hormone evaluations are highly individual. Hormone testing is one component considered when evaluating hormone status. It is important to have a qualified health care provider working with you while you explore your hormone needs. For more information on labs, please review each lab under the Individual Lab tab.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
    If possible, it is best to have these labs collected early in the morning. 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: 
    Basic Female Hormone Panel
    Cost: 
    $159.00
  • Basic Food Sensitivity and Allergy (IgG) Panel

    Certain proteins in foods may cause an immune response, commonly known as an allergy or intolerance. An immune response may occur right away or have a more insidious onset before damage of the exposure becomes evident. Allergic responses cause elevation inflammatory markers we can measure. Through different pathways, these immune responses cause an increase in inflammation in the part of the body that is affected. Immune responses may manifest as chronic fatigue, headaches, joint pain, gut problems such as irritable bowel, celiac, thyroid dysfunction, depression and mood disorders. Allergic responses also instigate an imbalance in blood sugar and insulin levels. As we know, a chronic elevation in blood sugar is a dangerous threat to brain health. If someone with immune responses to certain foods is continually exposed to these food proteins, these food proteins become a toxin and a vicious cycle of inflammatory destruction becomes self-generating. Over time, sugar cravings continue to increase and so does the multitude of dysfunction initiated by the inflammatory process. When it comes to promoting brain health, this information maybe very helpful indeed.

    This test is used to detect allergen specific IgG antibodies to 8 common foods known to instigate an immune response: Wheat, Gluten, Milk (Cow), Eggs (Whole), Soy, Almond, Peanut and Corn.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:

    No fasting required.

    Test code: 
    Basic Food Sensitivity and Allergy (IgG) Panel
    Cost: 
    $140.00
  • Basic Male Hormone Panel

    The philosophy of functional medicine is focused on supporting the body‘s individual and unique state of health and well-being. Hormones are the language of our body. This specific language follows a feed back system that travels fluently and continuously throughout every cell in our body to maintain overall health.When reviewing hormone levels, it is important to think in terms of balance. Several steroid hormones are measured in both the male and female panels because each gender should have a have balanced amount of the hormones being evaluated. It is important to know that research has shown that environmental toxins, industrialized foods and stress may inhibit the natural production of hormones. Eating foods that contain adequate protein and saturated (Good) fats may help increase hormones naturally. When hormones are out of balance there is an increase in cardiovascular disease, metabolic imbalances and cancer. To be more specific, research has demonstrated when testosterone levels are low; there is an increase in Alzheimer‘s disease, osteoporosis, cardiac disease and the development of chronic muscle wasting.

    Remember, hormone evaluations are highly individual. Hormone testing is one component considered when evaluating hormone status. It is important to have a qualified health care provider working with you while you explore your hormone needs.

    This panel includes: Testosterone Total & Free and Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA)

    • Symptoms of decreased levels of testosterone may include a change in libido, depression, and cognitive decline. Healthy levels of testosterone are associated with cardiovascular protection, decrease in inflammation, decrease in anemia, decrease in cognitive decline and risk for developing Alzheimer's disease.
    • It is important to know that a Zinc deficiency lowers testosterone levels.
    • Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is secreted by the epithelial cells of the prostate gland and is normally present in the blood at very low levels. This test measures the percentage of free (uncomplexed) PSA relative to the amount of PSA in men with serum PSA concentrations between 4.0-10.0 ng/mL.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
    If possible, it is best to have these labs collected early in the morning. 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:

    Zinc is necessary to maintain normal serum testosterone. Adequate levels of Zinc helps to inhibit the aromatase enzyme that converts testosterone into excess estrogen. An increase in estrogen increases the risk for heart disease, weight gain and obesity. Adequate levels of zinc also support the production of healthier sperm and motility. A zinc test may be ordered separately.
    Test code: 
    Basic Male Hormone Panel
    Cost: 
    $110.00
  • Cadmium (Blood)

    This blood test is used to monitor exposure to cadmium. Cadmium is an extremely toxic metal frequently found in industrial places of work. Cigarettes are also a significant source of cadmium exposure. Cadmium may be found in batteries, fertilizers, pesticides, PVC plastics and certain shellfish. Those who work with cadmium pigments are also at risk for cadmium exposure. Cadmium toxicity affects the liver, placenta, lungs, brain, kidneys and bones, which may lead to problems such as fatigue, confusion, depression and cardiac arrhythmias.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
    If possible, have the lab collected early in the morning and 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: 
    299
    Cost: 
    $78.00
  • 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
  • Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA-s)

    This blood test measures Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) levels. DHEA a natural steroidal hormone made in the adrenal glands, gonads and in the brain. DHEA is a precursor hormone to cortisol, testosterone and estrogen and is the most plentiful steroid hormone in the body. DHEA supports overall growth & development, immune function, memory, cardiovascular support and plays a supportive role in maintaining bone density in post-menopausal women. Levels of DHEA are depleted in both men and women under chronic stress. Levels of DHEA also decline during the aging process. Low levels of DHEA are associated with insomnia, cancer and autoimmune diseases such as diabetes and lupus. Research has shown that DHEA can help raise levels of the powerful neurotrophin brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). BDNF is a powerful neurotrophin, a specialized protein the supports the development, function and survival of neurons.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:

    No fasting required.


    Disclaimer: A health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal.
    Test code: 
    402
    Cost: 
    $60.00
  • DUTCH Complete-Precision Analytical Hormone Test Kit


    The DUTCH test, which uses dried urine, is the simplest, most elegant and informative test for anyone considering bioidentical hormone therapy, or suspects they might have a hormone problem or they are wanting to check overall hormone status. The DUTCH test has proven to be of great clinical utility for testing sex and adrenal hormones (as well as their metabolites), as it gives you insight into many other conditions that under the guidance and care of your health care provider, are worthy of further investigation.  Purchase or Learn More Here

    Inflammation can be instigated via an internal or external environmental insult of some type related to genetic predispositions and/or susceptibilities in the individual in concert with epigenetics. It is also understood that inflammation is frequently found in tandem with dysregulation of metabolism and overall organ system dysfunction.

    Inflammation shares an inverse relationship to cortisol; cortisol plays an anti-inflammatory role and when levels in local tissues and serum are low, inflammation increases. We know that cortisol levels increase in local tissues as a response to local inflammation and therefore urine free cortisol, and metabolized cortisol may be elevated when inflammation is present.

    The DUTCH test can help you look for indications that inflammation may be an area of concern and worthy of further evaluation and management by your health care provider. For example, increased aromatization in the conversion of testosterone to estrogens is associated with inflammation along with low DHEA-s levels, low testosterone, elevated 5-alpha reductase activity, and elevated 4-OH-E1.

    The experts at Precision Analytical are excited to announce the addition of a new biomarker, 8-Hydroxy-2-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG).
    According to Precision Analytical’s Medical Director Dr. Carrie Jones, “The 8-OHdG is a marker for DNA damage in the body. Along with chronic stress, degenerative diseases and cancer can greatly affect your hormones such as estrogen and cortisol. This new marker gives you even greater insight at a cellular level! As the disease state worsens, the 8-OHdG level goes up. Thankfully, there are proactive — and likely preventative — things you can do to improve the healing process while checking your progress along the way.”

    The test is done four times in a day, and the strips are then used to give you a complete hormone panel, including metabolites, effectively replacing multiple testing methods.

    DESCRIPTION:

    The DUTCH Test is a comprehensive analysis of sex and adrenal hormones. This profile includes the DUTCH Adrenal and Sex Hormone Metabolite as well as an overnight melatonin measurement. The collection is 5 easy-to-collect dried urine samples collected on filter paper devices and is mailed back directly to the company for processing.

    This test includes:

    Free cortisol (4), free cortisone (4), creatinine (4), tetrahyrdocortisone, a-tetrahydrocortisol, b-tetrahydrocortisol, DHEAs, Progesterone metabolites (a-pregnanediol, b-pregnanediol), androgen metabolites (DHEAS, etiocholanolone, androsterone, testosterone, 5a-DHT, 5a-androstanediol, 5b-androstanediol, epi-testosterone), estrogen metabolites (estrone, estradiol, estriol, 2-OH-estrone, 4-OH-estrone, 16-OH-estrone, 2-Methoxy-estrone, 2-OH-estradiol), 6-OH-melatonin-sulfate and 8-hydroxy-2-Deoxyguanosine.

    Collection and Shipping Instructions:
    • Fasting is not required. 
    • Specimen: Urine, dried
    • All orders will be processed and shipped directly to the consumer for Mylabsforlife within 48 business hours
    • Results: 10-14 Business Days
    • All lab results will be sent from MyLabsForLife directly to the consumer via secure email



    Test code: 
    DUTCH Complete Hormone Test (Urine)
    Cost: 
    $370.00
  • Estradiol (E2)

    This blood test is used to measure Estradiol (E2). Estrogen's role in supporting health and well-being is as significant as it is diverse. Estradiol is the predominant sex hormone present in women and is also found at lower levels in men. Estradiol not only impacts reproductive and sexual functioning, but also affects mood, attention and language skills. Evidence is mounting suggesting that estrogen exposure reduces the risk and slows the onset and progression of Alzheimer's disease. Recent research has documented that estrogen decreases the inflammatory responses associated with dementia and other neurological disorders. The brain protects itself by producing neuroprotective estradiol in response to threatening inflammatory processes that injure brain tissues. Endocrine disruptors such as heavy metals and environmental toxins, processed foods and chronic stress may contribute to an imbalance of the natural production of estrogen. Estradiol is also extremely instrumental in maintaining the integrity of skin, bone, heart and metabolic health. In men, high levels of estradiol are associated with abdominal fat, enlargement of the prostate and cardiovascular risk. For women, when evaluating hormone status, it is important to compare the relationship between estradiol and progesterone. Men should evaluate the relationship between testosterone and estradiol.

    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: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    4021
    Cost: 
    $48.00
  • Estradiol (E2) Sensitive

    This blood test is used to measure Estradiol (E2). Estrogen's role in supporting health and well-being is as significant as it is diverse. Estradiol is the predominant sex hormone present in women and is also found at lower levels in men. Estradiol not only impacts reproductive and sexual functioning, but also affects mood, attention and language skills. Evidence is mounting suggesting that estrogen exposure reduces the risk and slows the onset and progression of Alzheimer's disease. Recent research has documented that estrogen decreases the inflammatory responses associated with dementia and other neurological disorders. The brain protects itself by producing neuroprotective estradiol in response to threatening inflammatory processes that injure brain tissues. Endocrine disruptors such as heavy metals and environmental toxins, processed foods and chronic stress may contribute to an imbalance of the natural production of estrogen. Estradiol is also extremely instrumental in maintaining the integrity of skin, bone, heart and metabolic health. In men, high levels of estradiol are associated with abdominal fat, enlargement of the prostate and cardiovascular risk. For women, when evaluating hormone status, it is important to compare the relationship between estradiol and progesterone. Men should evaluate the relationship between testosterone and estradiol.

    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: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    30289
    Cost: 
    $64.00
  • Estrogens, Total

    This blood test is used to measure total circulating estrogens. The three major naturally occurring estrogens are present in significant quantities in blood. They are estradiol (E2), estrone (E1) and estriol (E3). Because estradiol and estrone fluctuate during a woman’s cycle and menopause, some providers prefer this test when evaluating estrogen levels. Estrogen’s role in supporting health and well-being is as significant as it is diverse. To name a few, estrogen affects emotions moods, attention and language skills. Evidence is mounting suggesting that estrogen exposure reduces the risk and slows the onset and progression of Alzheimer's disease. Recent research has documented that estrogen decreases the inflammatory responses associated with dementia and other neurological disorders. The brain protects itself by producing neuroprotective estradiol in response to threatening inflammatory processes that injure brain tissues. Endocrine disruptors such as heavy metals and environmental toxins, processed foods and chronic stress may contribute to an imbalance of the natural production of estrogen.

    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: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    439
    Cost: 
    $48.00
  • Expanded Female Hormone Panel

    The philosophy of functional medicine is focused on supporting the body’s individual and unique state of health and well-being. Hormones are the language of our body. This specific language follows a feed back system that travels fluently and continuously throughout every cell in our body to maintain overall health.
    When reviewing hormone levels, it’s important to think in terms of balance. Several steroid hormones are measured in both the male and female panels because each gender should have a have balanced amount of the hormones being evaluated. It is important to know that research has shown that environmental toxins, industrialized foods and stress may inhibit the natural production of hormones. Eating foods that contain adequate protein and saturated (Good) fats may help increase hormones naturally. When hormones are out of balance there is an increase in cardiovascular disease, metabolic imbalances and cancer. To be more specific, research has demonstrated when testosterone levels are low; there is an increase in Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis, cardiac disease and the development of chronic muscle wasting.
    Remember, hormone evaluations are highly individual. Hormone testing is one component considered when evaluating hormone status. It is important to have a qualified health care provider working with you while you explore your hormone needs.

    This test includes: Cortisol A.M., DHEA-s, , Progesterone, Sex Hormone Binding Globulin and Testosterone Woman/Child
    • Chronic stress interferes with healthy levels of cortisol, weight control and more importantly, normal sleep patterns.
    • Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is made in the adrenal's and is a precursor hormone to cortisol, testosterone and estrogen. DHEA supports overall growth & development, immune function, memory and cardio vascular support.
    • Estrogens are responsible for giving women their female characteristics, maintaining blood supply to the skin, make menstruation possible and stimulate the sympathetic nervous system, which increases mental alertness. Three types of estrogens are present in significant quantities in the blood, estradiol, estrone and estriol
    • Progesterone is also known to have an affect on sleep, respiration, mood, appetite, learning and memory and supports the normal development of neurons in the brain and has a protective effect on damaged brain tissue
    • Deficient amounts of SHBG contribute to hormone imbalances and skew the results of other hormone test results. Because a large proportion of SHBG binds to testosterone SHBG should be assessed when evaluating testosterone as well.
    • Symptoms of decreased levels of testosterone may include a change in libido, depression, and cognitive decline. Healthy levels of testosterone are associated with cardiovascular protection, decrease in inflammation, decrease in anemia, decrease in cognitive decline and risk for developing Alzheimer's disease. It is important to know that a Zinc deficiency lowers testosterone levels.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:

    If possible, it is best to have these labs collected early in the morning. 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: 
    Expanded Female Hormone Panel
    Cost: 
    $279.00
  • Expanded Health and Wellness Screening Panel

    This is our most popular health and wellness screening panel. It includes the basics such as a CBC, CMP 14, Lipids (Cholesterol), Hemoglobin A1c (HA1c) and a urinalysis as well as the inflammatory markers CRP-hs and Homocysteine. This panel also includes an expanded review of thyroid function (TSH, T4, Free T4 & FT3), Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D. For more information on labs, please review the Individual Lab list.

    Blood Test Preparation For Optimal Results: MY LABS FOR LIFE recommends fasting (nothing taken by mouth except water) for a minimum of 8 hours prior to the lab draw. If possible, it is best to have these labs drawn early in the morning (or shortly after waking) and to have subsequent labs drawn for comparison purposes drawn at the same time.

    Urine Test Preparation For Optimal Results: 
    A clean catch is recommended when completing a urine collection. Before producing the urine sample, drink plenty of fluids prior to the test. When giving the sample, allow 1-2 seconds of urine to flow before catching it in the sample container given to you at the lab.

    Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    Expanded Health and Wellness Screening Panel
    Cost: 
    $350.00
  • Expanded Male Hormone Panel

    The philosophy of functional medicine is focused on supporting the body's individual and unique state of health and well-being. Hormones are the language of our body. This specific language follows a feed back system that travels fluently and continuously throughout every cell in our body to maintain overall health.

    When reviewing hormone levels, it is important to think in terms of balance. Several steroid hormones are measured in both the male and female panels because each gender should have a have balanced amount of the hormones being evaluated. It is important to know that research has shown that environmental toxins, industrialized foods and stress may inhibit the natural production of hormones. Eating foods that contain adequate protein and saturated (Good) fats may help increase hormones naturally. When hormones are out of balance there is an increase in cardiovascular disease, metabolic imbalances and cancer. To be more specific, research has demonstrated when testosterone levels are low; there is an increase in Alzheimer's disease, osteoporosis, cardiac disease and the development of chronic muscle wasting.

    Remember, hormone evaluations are highly individual. Hormone testing is one component considered when evaluating hormone status. It is important to have a qualified health care provider working with you while you explore your hormone needs.

    This panel includes: Cortisol A.M., DHEA-s, Estradiol, Sex Hormone Binding Globulin, Luteinizing Hormone/Follicle Stimulating Hormone, Testosterone Total & Free, Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA)
    • Chronic stress interferes with healthy levels of cortisol, weight control and more importantly, normal sleep patterns. Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is made in the adrenals and is a precursor hormone to cortisol, testosterone and estrogen. It supports overall growth and development, immune function, memory and cardio vascular support.
    • Deficient amounts of sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) contribute to hormone imbalances and skew the results of other hormone test results. Because a large proportion of SHBG binds to testosterone, SHBG should be assessed when evaluating testosterone as well.
    • Luteinizing Hormone (LH) & Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) are pituitary hormones that work synergistically to support reproduction.   Luteinizing Hormone supports the production of testosterone. Research has shown that emotional stress greatly affects the production of Luteinizing Hormone. Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) plays a critical role in the healthy production of sperm.
    • Symptoms of decreased levels of testosterone may include a change in libido, depression, and cognitive decline. Healthy levels of testosterone are associated with cardiovascular protection, decrease in inflammation, decrease in anemia, decrease in cognitive decline and risk for developing Alzheimer's disease. It is important to know that a Zinc deficiency lowers testosterone levels.
    • Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is secreted by the epithelial cells of the prostate gland and is normally present in the blood at very low levels. This test measures the percentage of free (uncomplexed) PSA relative to the amount of PSA in men with serum PSA concentrations between 4.0-10.0 ng/mL.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
    If possible, it is best to have these labs collected early in the morning. 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:
    Zinc is necessary to maintain normal serum testosterone. Adequate levels of Zinc help to inhibit the aromatase enzyme that converts testosterone into excess estrogen. In males an increase in estrogen activity
    Test code: 
    Expanded Male Hormone Panel
    Cost: 
    $350.00
  • Heavy Metals Panel (Blood)

    The term "heavy metal" is used as a broad term for all metals and semimetals with potential for human or environmental toxicity. Lead, mercury and arsenic are the most common examples of toxic metal exposure. Clinical research continues to demonstrate the key intervention to limiting the progression or reversing Alzheimer's diseases is a comprehensive approach. Minimizing risk factors (Red Flags) is essential for the prevention of Alzheimer's disease. Even though an association between Alzheimer's and heavy metals and other toxins has not been confirmed, evidence continues to grow demonstrating elevated levels of heavy metals and toxins in the brain may contribute to the development of Alzheimer's disease. Research has demonstrated that Alzheimer's patients consistently have elevated levels of copper in the brain. 

    Long term exposure to a heavy metal can be a slow and insidious process. Disorders related to heavy metals and toxins may result in various physical, muscular and neurological damages. Exposure may be through diet, medications, dental procedures (amalgams contains mercury) and possible exposure through medical procedures such as joint replacements. According to the International Occupational Safety and Health Information Center, long-term exposure to heavy metals may even lead to cancer.

    • Lead is the main cause of childhood heavy metal poisoning so it is important to consider the environment
      you grew up in. Historically lead was found in paint, pipes and drains in older homes. Today, lead can also be
      found in plumbing, fuel additives, ammunition, PVC plastics and x-ray shielding. Toxicity affects the bones,
      kidneys and thyroid.
    • Arsenic is a common cause of acute poisoning through heavy metals. It enters the environment through
      smelting of copper, zinc and lead. It is released through the manufacturing of certain chemicals. Pesticides
      that contain arsenic, when manufactured, release arsine gas. Arsenic has been found in water supplies
      around the world, which has the potential to leach into seafood. Arsenic is found in rat poisoning, fungicides
      and products used to protect wood. Toxicity affects the blood, kidneys, skin, the digestive and central
      nervous systems.
    • Mercury is found in mining operations and the paper industry. Atmospheric mercury is found in rain and in
      the aquatic food supplies and fish in lakes. Mercury compounds are banned, but some old paints may contain
      it. Childhood vaccines can contain mercury, and it is also found in thermometers and dental amalgams. It
      generally enters the body through inhalation. Toxicity targets the brain and kidneys.
    • Creatinine levels  undiluted, whereas low amounts of creatinine in the urine indicate either a manipulated test or low individual baseline creatinine levels.
    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:

    Please avoid seafood and red wine for 72 prior to having this lab collected.
    If possible, it is best to have these labs collected early in the morning. 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: 
    7655
    Cost: 
    $185.00
  • Insulin Growth Factor (IGF-1)

    This blood test is used measure Insulin Growth Factor (IGF-I, or somatomedin C), is a protein that is regulated principally by growth hormone (GH) and can also be affected by nutritional intake. IGF-1 is a prime mediator of growth hormone (GH). Growth hormone is made in the anterior pituitary gland, and travels to the liver, where it stimulates the liver to produce IGF-1. IGF-1 then helps motivate growth-promoting effects on almost every cell in the body; especially skeletal muscle, cartilage, bone, liver, kidney, nerves, skin, and lungs. It is molecularly similar to insulin and in addition to its insulin-like effects. IGF-1 helps to regulate cell growth and development, especially in nerve cells. IGF-1 also supports DNA synthesis.


    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.
    Test code: 
    16293
    Cost: 
    $74.00
  • 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
  • Selenium (24 Hour Urine)

    This 24-hour urine test measures selenium levels. Selenium is an essential trace element. It is widely recognized as a key nutrient in cancer prevention and is a crucial cofactor for the conversion of T4 to T3 in healthy thyroid function. Selenium protects genes from inflammatory disease processes such as dementia, stroke, heart disease, diabetes and asthma. Selenium plays a crucial role by helping the body detoxify naturally from heavy metals such as cadmium. Cigarettes are a significant source of cadmium exposure worldwide. Cadmium has been found in toxic levels in fertilizers, pesticides and PVC plastics. Cadmium toxicity affects the lungs, brain, kidneys and bones and may lead to problems such as fatigue, confusion, depression and cardiac arrhythmias.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:

    A 24-hour urine collection must be submitted for this test to be completed. The specimen container for the 24-hour urine collection can be picked up at any Quest Diagnostics lab collection site. The Quest Diagnostics staff will be happy to answer any questions or concerns. Instructions for a 24-hour urine are as follows:


    1. The specimen collection starts by discarding the first urine passed upon rising. It is important to empty the
    bladder completely.

    2. Except for the discarded urine passed upon the morning rise, place ALL of the urine passed during the next 24 hours in the specimen container obtained at the Quest Diagnostics collection site. Urine passed during bowel movements must be included in the collection process.

    3. Maintain the specimen container at room temperature.

    4. Avoid contact with metal during the collection process.

    5. At the same time the following morning, empty the bladder completely one more time and add this sample to
    the collection container. This completes the collection process.

    6. Be sure the lid to the specimen container is on secure. Take the collection container to the Quest Diagnostics  
    collection site as soon as possible.

    Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    16866
    Cost: 
    $155.00
  • Selenium (Blood)

    This blood test measures selenium levels. Selenium is an essential trace element. It is widely recognized as a key nutrient in cancer prevention and is a crucial cofactor for the conversion of T4 to T3 in healthy thyroid function. Selenium protects genes from inflammatory disease processes such as dementia, stroke, heart disease, diabetes and asthma. Selenium plays a crucial role by helping the body detoxify naturally from heavy metals such as cadmium. Cigarettes are a significant source of cadmium exposure worldwide. Cadmium has been found in toxic levels in fertilizers, pesticides and PVC plastics. Cadmium toxicity affects the lungs, brain, kidneys and bones and may lead to problems such as fatigue, confusion, depression and cardiac arrhythmias.

    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: 
    6296
    Cost: 
    $135.00
  • 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 Antibodies: Combined Ab & TPO

    This blood test is a combination test used to evaluate both, Thyroid Autoantibodies (TAA) and Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies (TPO ab). Thyroid autoantibody (TAA) is a test that helps to determine if an autoimmune process is manifesting in the thyroid system. Autoantibodies to thyroglobulin (thyroid hormone) may lead to the destruction of the thyroid gland. Antibodies are more likely to appear after trauma or inflammation of the thyroid gland. Thyroid Peroxidase antibodies (TPO ab) is an important antibody test related to the thyroid gland because thyroid peroxidase is the enzyme responsible for the production of thyroid hormones. This enzyme plays a central role in the function of the thyroid gland. Thyroid peroxidase assists the chemical reaction that adds iodine to a protein called thyroglobulin, a critical step in generating thyroid hormones. Thyroid hormones play an important role in regulating growth, brain development, and the rate of chemical reactions in the body (metabolism).

    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: 
    7260
    Cost: 
    $68.00
  • 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
  • Tissue Transglutaminase (tTG, IgA)

    Before gluten has been removed from the diet, a tissue Transglutaminase Antibody (IgA) test is a highly specific blood test used to help identify gluten-sensitive enteropathies such as Celiac Spru disease. It can also be used to help diagnose other autoimmune conditions such as herpetiformis (a skin condition associated with gluten sensitive enteropathies. 

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
    It would be best to have this test performed before gluten has been removed from the diet. 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: 
    8821
    Cost: 
    $62.00
  • 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 D 25-Hydroxy

    This blood test measures Vitamin D 25 (OH) levels. Vitamin D, known as the "sunshine vitamin." Vitamin D is a fat-soluble prohormone that the body can synthesize as Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) when the skin is exposed to ultraviolet-B (UBV) rays from the sun. Vitamin D is needed for strong bones and teeth, Vitamin D helps your body absorb the amount of calcium and phosphorus it needs. It also has other roles in the body, including modulation of cell growth, neuromuscular and immune function, and reduction of inflammation. Though controversial at times, research demonstrating the importance of Vitamin D3 continues to accumulate, while illuminating the threats that low levels pose to overall health and well-being. There are associations between low Vitamin D levels and peripheral vascular disease, certain cancers, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile diabetes, Parkinson's, and Alzheimer's disease.In May of 2009, an article published by William B. Grant, PhD of the Sunlight, Nutrition, and Health Research Center (SUNARC) demonstrated that a strong correlation exists between Alzheimer's and Vitamin D deficiency. In 2010, it was reported at the Alzheimer's Association International conference in Hawaii that older men and women with low levels of Vitamin D were approximately four times as likely to suffer from memory deficits. There are two primary ways that people lose teeth - dental caries and periodontal disease. Both conditions are linked to low Vitamin D levels. Low serum Vitamin D levels have been associated with a rise in the incidence of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus, depression, dental caries, cancer, osteoporosis, and periodontal disease, all of which are either considered risk factors for dementia and cognitive decline. Low Vitamin D levels also plays a role in hypertension, chronic pain, muscle weakness, muscle wasting, pre-term births as well as birth defects and autoimmune diseases and the list is mounting. In 2008, a number of studies reported that those with higher Vitamin D serum levels had greatly reduced risk of incidence or death from cardiovascular diseases. Research has shown that Vitamin D is neuroprotective and plays a vital role in reducing inflammation and plays an integral role in brain development and function. Vitamin D may also remove toxins from brain tissue. Some researchers are declaring Vitamin D deficiency as "pandemic". Research has shown that 41% of outpatients in the United States between the ages of 49-83 had low circulating Vitamin D levels. In the first year of being institutionalized, almost all elderly people are at risk for becoming Vitamin D deficient. Vitamin D is critical for everyone's optimal health.

    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: 
    17306
    Cost: 
    $48.00
  • Zinc

    This blood test measures Zinc levels. Zinc is a crucial trace element required for the growth and healthy development of all living organisms. Zinc deficiency can lead to immune system dysfunction and impairments in growth, cognitive dysfunction, poor carbohydrate metabolism and hormonal function. Low dietary zinc is associated with hypogonadism, low Insulin Growth Factor-1, low testosterone and low levels of the thyroid hormone Free T4. It is estimated that nutritional zinc deficiency affects over 2 billion people worldwide, especially those in developing countries. The USDA's 1996 Continuing Survey of Food Intake has documented that over 70% of Americans do not consume the recommended daily allowance for zinc. Zinc is second to iron in body content and is found largely in the intracellular components of tissues in the liver, pancreas, kidney, bone, muscles, eyes, prostate, fingernails and skin. It is a cofactor for more than 300 known enzymes and plays a crucial role in maintaining the healthy function of DNA, RNA and transcription factors. Zinc is necessary to maintain normal serum testosterone. Inadequate zinc levels prevent the pituitary gland from releasing luteinizing and follicle stimulating hormones, which stimulate testosterone production. Zinc deficiency may have an impact on the male prostate gland. Research is ongoing to assess a possible correlation between zinc levels and prostate health. Zinc competes with copper and may contribute to a copper imbalance.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
    If possible, it is best to have these labs drawn early in the morning (shortly after waking) and to have subsequent labs drawn for comparison purposes drawn at this same time.

    Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    945
    Cost: 
    $44.00

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