Blood Tests You Should Have

There are literally hundreds of blood tests you should have, but where should you start? Some blood tests cover scores of items and if you are unfamiliar with blood tests, as most of us are, it is impossible to gauge which blood tests you should have first. Below is a short list of blood tests you should have.

Blood Tests You Should Have in Alphabetical List

Basic Wellness Panel – This panel is perfect for a general health and wellness physical, a pre-employment physical or for your own personal information and record keeping.
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Complete Metabolic Panel (CMP)
– This is not a basic metabolic panel, this test offers a comprehensive look at metabolic function (Kidney/Liver/Electrolytes/Glucose).
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Expanded Wellness Panel (Most Popular) - This is our most popular health and wellness screening panel. Those who gravitate to this panel not only appreciate the comprehensive review of kidney, liver function, glucose level, electrolyte balance, complete blood count, inflammatory markers as well as a Vitamin D level.
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Food and Allergy & Sensitivity Blood Test - You may not directly feel a food allergy or sensitivity like you would feel strep throat or a bee sting. Blood testing may help determine if you do have a food allergy or sensitivity. Certain proteins in foods may cause an immune response (allergy or intolerance). These immune responses cause an increase in inflammation and may manifest as chronic fatigue, headaches, joint pain, gut problems such as irritable bowel, celiac, thyroid dysfunction, depression and mood disorders.  
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Homocysteine - Homocysteine a marker used to measure inflammation. Elevated homocysteine levels can damage arteries, cause clotting problems, peripheral artery disease and stroke. Elevated levels of homocysteine have also been associated with Alzheimer's disease, dementia and kidney disease.
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Lipids – Lipids are a group of necessary fatty substances found in the blood. Contrary to cholesterol's negative reputation, our bodies cannot function without it. Cholesterol is needed to produce Vitamin D, testosterone, estrogen and cortisol. Problems with cholesterol begin when the body is unable to process cholesterol properly and the body's antioxidants are unable to guard the body against the oxidation of cholesterol. The key is ‘balance’.
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MTFHR (Methylenetetrahydrofolate) - MTHFR stands for “Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase”. The MTHFR is a gene that instructs a crucial enzyme process to convert the amino acid homocysteine into another enzyme methionine. A genetic variant on this gene may increase the incidence of a variety of health challenges such as:

  • Heart Disease
  • Blood Clots (thrombi)
  • Strokes
  • Miscarriages
  • Autism
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Depression

An elevated homocysteine has been linked with a dysfunctional MTHF metabolic pathway. Research has demonstrated that over 40% of the general population has at least one variant of the MTHFR and it has been estimated that 98% of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder have at least one of the MTHFR gene mutations.
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Testosterone (Total & Free) – Not all testosterone tests are alike. This test measures the testosterone that is circulating and how much of that is available to be used by the body.
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.  
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Thyroid Panel  - This group of individual tests was strategically constructed in order to review a broader perspective of thyroid function. Many factors may disrupt the balance of thyroid hormone production, including medications, allergies (wheat & gluten), anemia, poor gastrointestinal function, insulin resistance and stress to name a few.
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Vitamin B12 - Vitamin B12 is a key essential nutrient needed for red blood cell production and to optimize neurologic function. A Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause anemia, impaired mental function, a burning or tingling sensation in the feet. Research has shown that Vitamin B12 levels decrease with age and the only way to determine whether someone is deficient is to measure cobalamin levels in the blood.
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Vitamin D - 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. Low serum Vitamin D levels have been associated with a rise in the incidence of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus, depression, dental caries, cancer, osteoporosis, periodontal disease and cognitive decline. Some researchers are declaring Vitamin D deficiency as "pandemic". Simply put, Vitamin D is a critical prohormone needed for optimal health. We look at a gas gauge to know how much we have in our tank. This metaphor applies to Vitamin D levels as well. It must be measured.
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Women’s Hormone Panel (Expanded) - 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 and wellbeing. When hormones are out of balance there is an increase in cardiovascular disease, metabolic imbalances, dementia and cancer.
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Subsequent Blood Tests You Should Have

After you have taken your initial blood tests, you will have a better understanding of your health and wellness. Your health coach or doctor may provide guidance on optimizing your health and wellness. After three to six months, you may wish to take additional blood tests. Any test that is abnormal and an adjustment or recommendation is made, should be followed up on.

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