Blood work is a comprehensive set of tests that measure different components of your blood.
These tests can provide valuable information about your health, including your cholesterol levels, blood sugar levels, and other important markers. Blood work can help you understand your health and make informed decisions about your lifestyle.
It is important to understand the duration of results when it comes to blood work panels. Depending on the type of panel, results can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few days.
Our panels are designed to provide you with the most accurate results in the shortest amount of time, so you can make informed decisions about your health.
Benefits of Blood Work Panels
Maximize your health through Blood Testing benefits
Early detection of diseases
Blood work’s key benefit lies in early disease detection, enabling prompt treatment and higher chances of recovery. It can identify issues like high cholesterol, allowing for timely interventions to reduce heart disease risk.
Blood work identifies nutrient deficiencies (e.g., iron, vitamin D, B12), crucial for overall health. Addressing these deficiencies through diet, supplements, or interventions is vital to prevent health issues.
Peace of mind
Blood work are a key advantage, as they can help people gain peace of mind by confirming that their health is in good condition or by detecting problems in time to address them effectively.
Personalized treatment plans
Blood work informs personalized treatment plans, tailoring interventions to a patient’s unique needs. It helps doctors identify the most effective treatment options, considering individual differences and medication suitability.
Cholesterol – this marker will determine the risk of the buildup of fatty deposits in your arteries that can lead to narrowed or blocked arteries throughout your body (atherosclerosis).
Triglycerides – High Triglycerides may increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, metabolic syndrome, and high levels of triglycerides will affect the pancreas.
HDL (High-Density Lipoprotein) – is also known as good cholesterol helps the body remove other forms of cholesterol from the blood making them less likely to build up in your arteries. Strong HDL levels are associated with a lower risk of heart disease.
LDL (Low-Density Lipoprotein) – is also known as bad cholesterol because LDL carries cholesterol that helps build up in the arteries. If your HDL levels are low and your LDL levels are high you are at a higher risk for heart disease and stroke.
VLDL (Very Low-Density Lipoprotein) – is also known as very low-density lipoprotein and another form of bad cholesterol. This can cause clogged arteries. LDL carries cholesterol to your body’s tissues, VLDL carries triglycerides. High levels of VLDL can indicate increased risk for heart disease and stroke. This test measures how much VLDL is in your blood.
Homocysteine – is an amino acid that usually comes from eating meats. High levels of this can be a risk factor for heart disease and it can also be related to kidney (renal) disease. This test measures your homocysteine levels and helps to show the overall picture of your risk for heart disease.
HGB A1C – This test shows your average blood sugar in the past 3 months and it’s used to see whether you are pre-diabetic, or if you have diabetes and if your diabetes is well controlled. It shows the percentage of your blood’s hemoglobin that’s coated with glucose.
Glucose – Glucose is sugar that your body uses for energy and this glucose test shows how much sugar is in your blood. If you are exceedingly high or very low blood sugar levels, it can be a cause for concern.
Fasting Insulin – Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas. This is chiefly used to test insulin levels and diagnose diabetes and insulin resistance. It can also test for any insulin related disorders. Insulin’s main function is to allow other cells to transfer glucose into energy throughout the body. High levels of insulin will indicate pancreas dysfunction causing type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
T3 Total – This hormone is produced by your thyroid gland which is located at the base of your throat. Your thyroid uses hormones to balance the energy your body uses.
T4 Total – This hormone helps regulate your body’s metabolism. This test measures how much bound and unbound T4 is in your blood.
T4 Free – This test shows how much T3 is free in your blood unbound to protein.
TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) – This test shows how much TSH is in your blood. Unlike T3 and T4, TSH is produced from your pituitary gland. The TSH made by the pituitary gland tells the thyroid that thyroid hormones should be produced.
COMPLETE METABOLIC PANEL
BUN (Blood Urea Nitrogen) – Urea nitrogen is produced by the liver as a waste product in protein digestion. This test measures how much urea nitrogen is in your blood and helps show kidney function. When this waste is created by the liver, your kidneys should filter most of this waste out of your blood in order to work properly. Higher levels may indicate kidney issues.
Creatinine (serum) – Creatinine is a waste byproduct of muscle metabolism which is filtered out of the blood by the kidneys. This test shows how much creatinine stays in your blood and is another useful measure of your kidney function. If you have high levels of serum creatinine your kidneys can not filter enough of this waste from your blood.
Bilirubin – is an orange-yellow substance that is formed when red blood cells break down. The liver cleans bilirubin from the body and this test shows the measure of liver function. When your blood has to much bilirubin the orange-yellow color and be seen in your eyes and skin, causing the “jaundice” condition.
AST (SGOT) – Aspartate aminotransferase (AST), or serum glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase (SGOT), is a liver enzyme that is produced in smaller quantities by the heart, kidneys, brain, and muscles. In lesser amounts this enzyme helps with liver function. If a damaged liver is present, then it will overproduce this enzyme. This test shows how much AST is in your blood. High levels may show poor liver function.
ALT (SGPT) – Alanine aminotransferase (ALT) also known as serum glutamic-pyruvic transaminase (SGPT) is a liver enzyme that is also produced in smaller quantities by other areas of the body, but again, if a damaged liver is present, it will start to produce higher than normal levels. This test checks the level of ALT in your body and helps measure proper liver functions.
Anion Gap – The test looks at the levels of acid in your blood to make sure they are in balance. Electrolytes found in your blood have negative or positive charges. The gap measures to make sure you have the right balance of electrolytes or if your levels are too acidic (acidosis) or basic (Alkalosis). Acidosis is more popular than alkalosis and may show signs of kidney function problems, or diabetes or even dehydration.
AG Ratio – This test measures the proportion of two specific proteins in your blood: albumin (A) and globulin (G). Albumin is made by the liver and globulin is varied and may come from different organ systems and processes. If this ratio between albumin to globulin is significantly off it can mean liver or kidney problems.
GGT– This means Gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT). This is an enzyme that is concentrated in the liver and found in other organs. This enzyme is usually present with lesser amounts, but it can be one of the first liver enzymes with larger amounts when the liver is damaged through chronic alcohol consumption or a lot of smoking. This test measures the levels of GGT in your blood.
BLOOD COUNT LEVELS
White Blood Count – also called leukocyte count, measures the total number of white blood cells in your blood. These cells protect the body from infection by attacking invading bacteria, viruses, and other foreign materials in the body.
Red Blood Cell Count – also called erythrocytes transfer oxygen through out the body. This test counts the number of red blood cells present in your blood.
Hemoglobin – This is a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen to the rest of the body after passing through the lungs. After it is in the bodies tissue it gets all the carbon dioxide and returns it to the lungs. This test measures how much hemoglobin is in your blood.
Hematocrit – This is the percentage of red blood cells in your blood. Depending on the number and size of red blood cells in the sample tube this test measures the hematocrit volume percentage.
PSA – In men, prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is made by the prostate gland. If there are elevated levels of this substance it may show prostate problems such as prostatitis, enlarged prostate, or prostate cancer.
Estradiol – This estrogen (a female steroid hormone) has a significant role in helping with the female reproductive cycle. Estrogen levels lower during menopause and can cause symptoms that contribute to osteoporosis, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. Men can also have low levels of estradiol in their blood and if they have elevated levels this can indicate a hormone disorder.
Progesterone – This is a female sex hormone that is primarily produced by an endocrine gland that the body makes after ovulation and during the second half of the menstrual cycle. This hormone is an important part in regulating the reproductive tract. Progesterone is also involved in the body’s production of many other hormones for example estrogens. Lack of progesterone can contribute to sleep disturbances, anxiety, and depression.
Total Testosterone – This is the male sex hormone that is produced in the male reproductive cycle. These levels fall in men with aging and can cause symptoms of discomfort. In women their levels should be low, and this can play a vital role in the female sex drive. This test shows how much testosterone is in the blood either bound or unbound.
Free Testosterone– This test only shows the amount of unbound testosterone in your blood. Total T levels will normally be higher than free T levels and are different normal levels for each value for each gender.
DHEA-S – this means dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEA-S) is made by the adrenal gland and is a precursor to many hormones that balance your sexual and physical health including estrogen and testosterone. These levels also fall with aging.
SHBG– this means sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) is a protein made by the liver and binds to the sex hormones: estrogen, testosterone, and dihydrotestosterone (DHT). SHBG is related to testosterone levels because it balances how much testosterone your body uses.
FSH – Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) is a hormone secreted by the pituitary gland in the brain and helps balance the reproductive cycle for both genders. If you have an elevated level of FSH it can be a sign that the body has gone through menopause or that another issue of the hormone cycle is being interfered with.
LH– Luteinizing hormone (LH) is a substance secreted by the pituitary gland that is related to the FSH. In women, LH triggers ovulation and development of the corpus luteum. In men, they use this substance to stimulate Leydig cells to make testosterone. Similar to FSH, having high levels of LH can be a sign that the body is going through menopause, or the hormone cycle is not working normally.
IGF 1 – Insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) is made by the liver in response to being stimulated by growth hormone (GH). This plays a role in both genders’ bodies helping to balance the cell life cycle. These levels usually decrease with aging.
Cortisol – This is known as the “stress” hormone. Cortisol is a steroid hormone that balances the metabolism of fat, protein and carbohydrates and suppresses the immune response. High levels of cortisol can cause weight gain, high blood pressure and other issues. Low levels of cortisol can cause weakness, dehydration, and the ability to fight infection.
Vitamin B 12 – this is an essential nutrient that helps cellular and nerve health and helps the body make more DNA. B12 comes from your diet by eating animal foods. Vegetarians or those who do not consume meat, fish, or eggs, may be at risk of a B12 deficiency. Low levels can cause lack of energy and weakness and cognitive issues. This test shows the levels of vitamin B12 in our blood and whether you may need a supplement.
Vitamin D3– this is also called 25 hydroxyvitamin D, or 25 (OH)D which measures the level of 25 (OH) in our blood. This plays a vital role in making sure bones are strong. Having low levels can cause soft, malformed, and weak bones.
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Our blood work panels are tailored to meet your individual needs, ensuring that you get the most accurate results for your medical needs.
Our panels are designed to provide a detailed analysis of your blood work, giving you the most accurate results possible. Our panels are tailored to meet your individual needs, ensuring that you get the most accurate results for your medical needs.