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The best way to get your doctor on the same page as your nutritionist is bloodwork. We use more specific values to determine 'function' before there is 'disease', or pathology. A bloodwork that may look "fine" by medical parameters may actually show a trend that can be addressed long before disease develops.

According to labcorp:

Serious medical conditions can go undetected for up to two years without noticeable symptoms. A blood test provides the best warning indicator. The earlier a problem is detected, the easier and more likely it is to be treatable. Having annual blood testing is a very important part of preventing life-threatening diseases as we age. Knowing your blood levels is one way to proactively take charge of your own health and manage the wellbeing of your future. A simple blood test could save your life.

These are the most important blood levels to check:

Lipid: This is a group of simple blood tests that reveal important information about the types, amount and distribution of the various types of fats (lipids) in the bloodstream.

Complete Blood Count (CBC's): Used as a broad screening test to check for such disorders as anemia, infection, and many other diseases. It is actually a panel of tests that examines different parts of the blood.

Fluids and Electrolytes: Includes Chloride, Serum, Potassium, Sodium, Serum, and Carbon Dioxide

Thyroid Panel w/TSH: Includes T-3 Uptake, T4, T7, TSH

Liver: Includes Albumin, Alkaline Phosphatase, Alanine Transaminase (ALT) (SGPT), Aspartate Transaminase (AST) (SGOT), Bilirubin, Total, Bilirubin, Direct, Protein, Total.

Includes Albumin, Calcium, Carbon dioxide, Chloride, Creatinine, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, BUN.

Glucose (Diabetes):

Mineral and Bone: Iron, Total, Calcium, and Phosphorus

Magnesium: This mineral is particularly important to nerves and muscles. Low magnesium is found in malnutrition, alcoholism, diabetes, hyperparathyroidism, and more. High magnesium is seen in kidney failure

Vitamin D 25-Hydroxy: Also known as the "sunshine vitamin" because the body manufactures the vitamin after being exposed to sunshine. Ten to 15 minutes of sunshine 3 times weekly is enough to produce the body's requirement of vitamin D. Needed for strong bones and teeth, Vitamin D helps your body absorb the amount of calcium it needs. It also has other roles in the body, including modulation of cell growth, neuromuscular and immune function, and reduction of inflammation. 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.
This information is brought to you by:

Patricia Adams, BS, CNC, NHC, NE

Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition

(831) 440-9935

Healthy Lifestyle Online

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