The Key To Weight Loss in Denver
Comprehensive blood tests are your roadmap for managing your health.
Have you ever had a service light come on in your vehicle? While those indicators may seem helpful, in some cases, they only appear when it’s too late. This is especially true for overheating and oil. That’s why you take your vehicle in for regular maintenance and 15-27 point inspection. It gives your mechanic a chance to find a problem before it becomes a dangerous situation to your vehicle’s health. Wouldn’t it be great if your body had the same kind of inspection?
What if I told you that it does? Comprehensive blood tests are your roadmap for managing your health. The same way that a vehicle inspection can point out a valve leak, your blood tests can show misfires in your body and places where things aren’t working the way they should. In addition, it can also show you what changes to your lifestyle are actually working. Here are some tests we recommend.
A Metabolic Chemistry Panel that includes lipids (cholesterol & triglycerides)
This basic metabolic panel (BMP) is frequently ordered to give a snapshot of a person’s metabolism, including kidney health, blood glucose levels, and electrolyte and acid/base balance. The following tests are included in the BMP:
- Glucose: Energy for the body
- Calcium: Essential for more than bone health. It is a key ingredient in the proper function of muscles, nerves, and the heart.
- Sodium: Vital to normal body processes, including muscle and nerve function
- Potassium: Vital to brain, muscle (to include the heart), and cell metabolism
- Carbon Dioxide: Helps maintain the body’s acid-base balance (pH)
- Chloride: Regulates the amount of fluid in the body and maintains the pH balance
- Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN): This is a waste product filtered out of the blood by the kidneys.
- Creatine: This is a waste product produced by the muscles. Note that both the BUN and Creatine are a measure of kidney function.
With the addition of the lipids, cholesterol and triglycerides, you have a complete picture of your metabolic function.
A Complete Blood Count (CBC)
This test is used as a broad screening test. It’s a general health status test that can help diagnose various conditions like anemia, inflammation, infection, bleeding disorders, leukemia, and more. It can also be used to measure the effectiveness of treatments. There are three types of cells that are measured:
- White Blood Cell (WBC) Count: This is a snapshot measure of how your body is defending itself. An elevated count could show an inflammation or infection presence in your body. A severely low count could be dietary deficiencies, lymphoma, bone marrow damage or more. There are far more things this will measure, but you see the point.
- Red Blood Cell (RBC) Count: This shows how many red blood cells you have in your body. A low result could be chronic diseases, nutritional deficiencies, and more. A high result could be dehydration, a tumor, genetic causes, and more. Note that nutritional deficiencies can happen for a number of reasons. Sometimes it’s health related, other times it involves a poor diet.
- Platelet Count: This is a key test that helps your health team determine anemia, rheumatoid arthritis, cirrhosis, sepsis, and more.
25-Hydroxy Vitamin D
This test determines Vitamin D deficiencies. This is a key factor in determining whether or not a person is getting enough Vitamin D or enough exposure to sunlight.
Hemoglobin A1c (glycated hemoglobin)
This is a key test in screening for and diagnosing diabetes and prediabetes.
hsCRP (high sensitivity or Cardiac CRP)
If combined with a lipid profile or other cardiac risk markers, this test can be used to evaluate an individual’s risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD).
This test can be used in multiple ways. The most common uses are for B12 or folate deficiencies. It can also be used as part of a heart health screen.
This test deals with the pancreas, and while you may immediately associate it with diabetes, there are many other health considerations in an insulin test. It can diagnose the cause of hypoglycemia, identify insulin resistance, monitor those with type 2 diabetes, and measure several disorders.
The thyroid is key to controlling the body’s metabolism. A measure of the thyroid hormones can determine metabolic health.
Hormones are the regulators of the body. They are chemical messengers that control most major bodily functions. This can be anything from hunger, emotion, mood, and reproduction. A hormone test is a comprehensive snapshot of overall body health compared to those of your own age group. We’ve talked about hormones and how they affect weight loss before.
These tests are a necessary snapshot of your body’s functions, and shouldn’t be ignored. Your blood tests can determine what strategies of weight loss will work for you. Working with a fantastic medical weight loss team who understands that and is willing to adapt to your needs is important.