Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
Fasting not required.
Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
This blood test is used to measure Arsenic levels. Arsenic is a common cause of acute poisoning through heavy metals. Arsenic enters the environment through the smelting of copper, zinc and lead and is released through the manufacturing of certain chemicals. Pesticides that contain arsenic, when manufactured, release arsine gas. Arsenic has been found in water supplies around the world, which has the potential to leach into seafood. Arsenic is found in rat poisoning, fungicides and products used to protect wood. Arsenic toxicity affects the blood, kidneys, skin, digestive tract and central nervous system.
An Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR) is also known as a Sedimentation Rate (sed rate). An ESR is a blood test used to look for inflammation and tissue destruction. An elevated ESR is considered non-specific meaning it is not used for a specific diagnosis, but may indicate the presence of an underlying inflammatory process. This may be why an ESR is frequently done in combination with other testing.
The philosophy of functional medicine is focused on supporting the body’s individual and unique state of health and well-being. Hormones are the language of our body. This specific language follows a feedback system that travels fluently and continuously throughout every cell in our body to maintain overall health. This panel includes these (blood) tests: PROGESTERONE, TESTOSTERONE, DHEA SULFATE, ESTRADIOL (ULTRASENSITIVE), Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) & Cortisol, A.M.
A Hemoglobin A1c is a blood test that measures the average amount of glucose that has chemically attached to red blood cells over the past 6-8 weeks. Think of it this way. Sugar is sticky. When sugar sticks to certain proteins inside the hemoglobin, it naturally hangs around for a longer period of time because it is harder to get it off the hemoglobin.