It’s one thing to think you’re healthy. It’s another to know you’re healthy.
One of the best indicators of what’s going on inside your body is diagnostic blood work. A diagnostic blood panel provides the insight we need to tell you where you are and what changes you should make to optimize your health and wellbeing. Follow-up panels are just as important. They reveal whether what you’re doing to improve your health is working or if adjustments need to be made.
At the biostation™, each patient receives a bioID™ that explains the results of their performance-panel blood work, showing direct comparisons of where markers in their blood were initially and at each follow-up test. This information helps us keep our patients on the path to optimal wellness, before chronic disease and symptoms like fatigue, sleeplessness, weight gain, and muscle loss sneak into their daily lives.
A wellness road map
Think of a diagnostic blood panel as your road map to optimal health and wellness. It’s what you and your healthcare provider will use to manage and improve your health and wellness.
It’s essential that this road map is the best possible representation of what’s going on inside your body. A map that only takes a few roads and obstacles into consideration might miss something really important. Essentially, you need an all-inclusive blood panel to act as your road map.
The best type of blood panel for assessing health and wellness looks beyond what people often get with a traditional physical examination. While a general blood panel might identify things that keep you from getting very sick, more extensive diagnostic blood work adds a quality-of-life dimension. Using it, we not only detect unhealthy results and trends, but also imbalances that might otherwise go unnoticed, which could rob our patients of their quality of life.
For example, if a patient is tired all the time, we look at specific markers that might be causing fatigue. In most cases, we can make simple tweaks in that person’s nutrition with nutraceuticals or hormone replacement therapy to restore our patient’s energy. Small changes are often life changing. We keep monitoring those and other marker levels to make sure that patient continues to feel well.
Key diagnostic blood work components
Think of blood panel markers as important and modifiable clues about your true heath. Now, be prepared to re-think everything you thought you knew about blood testing.
It’s common knowledge that an important marker of heart health is cholesterol. What’s not so well known is that the markers for cholesterol go beyond HDL, LDL, and triglycerides. A cholesterol panel should include Lp(a) and homocysteine, which provide vital information about whether plaque is forming in the arterial walls.
Hormone levels in men and women tell us a lot about why people feel the way they do at any age. But, if we look only at testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone levels, they’re getting a limited, and potentially misleading, view. A hormone panel must also include levels of DHEA, free and bound testosterone, estradiol, and sex hormone-binding globulin. And we can’t forget metabolic and growth hormones, which include cortisol, insulin levels, and IGF-1. Without including these in a diagnostic blood panel, we might never understand the true source of chronic stress, low energy, weight gain, muscle loss, and other troublesome symptoms.
The list goes on. Most blood panels that look at blood sugar and thyroid markers test for glucose, TSH, T3, and T4. These, however, only tell part of the story. An advanced panel for a more targeted treatment approach should include HbA1c, TSH 3rd generation, free T3, and free T4.
These are just some examples of how extensive diagnostic bloodwork differs from more general, common blood tests that look at a person’s overall health.
With knowledge comes action
I recommend that our patients receive extensive blood panels annually to gauge progress, identify trends, and pinpoint opportunities for improvement. If we see a marker that falls below the target range or a worrisome trend, we’ll recommend testing more often to make sure that any treatment we’ve prescribed is working to prevent illness, relieve symptoms, and promote wellness.
The initial blood panel and follow-up testing are road maps for treatment. It’s what you do to address less-than-optimal results that will make a difference in your health and how you feel. That’s why every bioID compares the most recent and current blood panels, and provides optimal and general ranges for reference. We use each panel’s findings as a road map to achieving optimal health and wellness with supplementation, nutrient IV therapy, nutraceuticals, or bio-identical hormones.
Call the biostation™ today at 888-754-1852 or contact us online to schedule your private, personal consultation.
the biostation™ offers a comprehensive, individualized, scientific approach to age management, delivering total wellness for men and women looking to rejuvenate their bodies, revitalize their minds, and reclaim confidence. Our medical specialists provide a highly personalized experience using the latest advances in science and medicine including hormone replacement therapy, nutraceutical therapy, and nutrient IV therapy. Our medical director, Martin G. Bloom, M.D., customizes treatments to meet your personal needs and wellness goals, guiding you through the entire process to ensure success and satisfaction. To rediscover the health, fitness, and vitality of your youth, discover the biostation.