Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
No fasting required. (Limit exercise prior to lab collection).
Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
This blood test measures C- Reactive Protein (CRP-C) levels. C-Reactive Protein is a type of protein produced by the liver that present during episodes of acute as well as chronic inflammatory processes such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, elevated blood sugar imbalances and cancer. Ground breaking research has linked elevated levels of CRP with Alzheimer’s disease. A CRP may possibly be the most precise risk factor for predicting a heart attack or a stroke. Elevated CRP levels may indicate an infective process caused by bacteria, virus, parasite or fungus. Elevated CRP levels have also been noted in certain autoimmune processes such as arthritis. Obesity leads to modest elevations in CRP levels.
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.
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.
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.