The first thing we think about with losing weight is blood, right? Odds are, you think of starving yourself and only eating ‘rabbit food’, going to the gym, boring old protein shakes, or running. You probably don’t think immediately about your blood, but we’re such big believers in that life-giving red stuff that that’s where we start. Bloodwork is the foundation of our practice.
Blood Is The Map
Your blood can tell a lot about you. We can find out medically why you either can’t lose weight or keep gaining weight. Your blood will tell us about all sorts of things like how your body uses the nutrients you eat. It will tell us about your hormone levels, how well your thyroid is or is not functioning, and what your vitamin D levels are, just to name a few things we look at. Once we have all of this good information, we will have a roadmap showing us which biomarkers to focus on as we create a weight loss plan. However, without doing bloodwork, we are ‘flying blind’ as they say, simply guessing and doing a trial-based approach to weight loss. Your time and your life are too precious to just guess at!
Blood Revels Other Issues
You may have underlying issues like hormone imbalances, insulin resistance of PCOS, , digestive issues, and more. Your bloodwork will give our medical team insights into your unique makeup. If you do have any underlying condition, we can address it, as well as factor it into our planEach person is unique, and when you have other medical factors in play, it CAN affect weight loss!
When you’re doing medical weight loss, it’s important to run blood work at various point within the timeline. We’ve seen clients that were type 2 Diabetic when we started that nine months into the process no longer fell into that diagnosis. When you’re cleaning up your diet and losing weight, your body WILL change. This means your blood work will show different things as we move through the process. Just as the original blood work gave us a roadmap to show us where the main areas of concern were, updated tests will help us have a good measuring stick to measure progress that you may not be able to see in the fit of a pair of jeans.
Types of Blood Tests
Not all blood tests need to be done every single time, but they do provide different insights. When we first start working with a patient, we may recommend a comprehensive blood workup so that we know the full picture. However, we always craft a plan that is unique to each patient.
Here is a list of some of the tests we look at, this isn’t all, but it is a good start:
- A Metabolic Chemistry Panel that includes lipids (cholesterol & triglycerides)
- A Complete Blood Count (CBC)
- 25-Hydroxy Vitamin D
- Hemoglobin A1c
- hsCRP (high sensitivity or Cardiac CRP)
- Four different thyroid markers
Your blood does a lot for you, but it can tell a lot about you too. Blood is where we start and where we continue to look to see how our patients are progressing and improving. Blood tests are a vital part of a comprehensive weight loss plan.