Blood Test Panels – Why You Need Them & Where to Begin

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Our Top 5 Recommended Blood Test Panels

If you have ever had blood work completed in a hospital, you know that having your blood drawn can be a taxing idea. Typically, we expect disheartening results, or the explanation for a set of symptoms we are presenting. With the rise of private medical labs, your blood work can now be comfortably and securely done outside of hospital settings.

Having your blood work done annually is an excellent form of preventative health care. Preventative methods of health care protect us from potential health hazards and can inform us of our body’s specific needs, before we experience symptomatic consequences. Oftentimes, our bodies detect when something is wrong far before we perceive a health issue. 

Blood tests can assess many things including, but not limited to, treatment progress or side effects, vitamin or nutrient deficiencies, risk or likelihood of health hazards, and the progression of chronic illness. Blood tests do not have to be scary or solely done out of concern for our health. They can also verify that we are healthy, that our organs are functioning well, and that we receive adequate amounts of the nutrients we need. 

Let’s review IV Lounge & Wellness Center’s top five recommended blood tests

1. Comprehensive Wellness Profile (CWP) Test

The comprehensive wellness profile is recommended annually, to provide essential information about your general state of wellbeing. This test typically assesses complete blood cell count, electrolyte levels, testosterone levels: total & free, liver function, kidney function, glucose levels, and your bone and mineral profile. Complete blood cell count (CBC) consists of red blood cell count, white blood cell count, platelets, hemoglobin, hematocrit (the percent of red blood cells in the blood), and mean corpuscular volume (the typical size of red blood cells). CBC is a test which can signal important health concerns such as anemia, infections, or immunocompromises.  Testosterone levels, total and free, are assessed within this comprehensive test as they are an effective biomarker of chronological aging. 

2. Vitamin D Test

About 35% of adults in the United States suffer from Vitamin D deficiency. Although this is a widely known issue, it greatly impacts millions of people every year. Discovering if you have a Vitamin D deficiency (and treating it through vitamin therapy early on) can positively impact your overall health. Vitamin D is essential for maintaining healthy bones and tissue.

3. Homocysteine Test

Homocysteine is an amino acid found in the blood. Specific levels of Homocysteine can indicate deficiencies in Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6, and Folic Acid. Heightened levels of Homocysteine may indicate a risk of cardiovascular disease.

4. Progesterone Test

This test is a method of assessing Progesterone (a naturally occurring steroid hormone), in progesterone producing individuals specifically, to determine ovulation patterns, whether one is ovulating or not, and fertility. This may test may even identify the cause of infertility in certain progesterone producing individuals.

5. Ferritin Test 

Ferritin is a type of protein found in the cells which stores iron. Testing Ferritin levels is critical among everyone, as Iron deficiencies can negatively impact anyone’s quality of life. This is especially important for vegetarians and vegans, who do not intake large quantities of Iron from diet alone. Iron is essential for oxygenating our red blood cells, as it is a central component of Hemoglobin (the carrier of oxygen in red blood cells).

At IV Lounge & Wellness Center, we aim to provide accessible and preventative methods of health care. Contact any of our locations and speak with one of our health care specialists to inquire about how to prevent, diagnose, and treat vitamin & nutrient deficiencies.

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