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.
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.
This blood test measures Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) levels. DHEA a natural steroidal hormone made in the adrenal glands, gonads and in the brain. DHEA is a precursor hormone to cortisol, testosterone and estrogen and is the most plentiful steroid hormone in the body.
This blood test measures Sex Hormone-Binding Globulin levels. Sex Hormone-Binding Globulin is also known as SHGB and Testosterone-binding Globulin (TeBG). Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) is under the positive control of estrogen and thyroid hormone and is suppressed by androgens. It also serves as a transport protein for thyroid and testosterone.