Blood panels are proactive, precise, and highly informative.
9 Most Recommended IV Lounge Blood Panels
As affordable Blood Panels are IV Lounge’s newest wellness service , we wanted to discuss why these panels were selected and which ones are most strongly recommended by our medical professionals!
If you have ever had blood work completed in a hospital, you know that having your blood drawn can be a worrying process. Typically in an emergency setting, we expect disheartening results…but what if there were ways to proactively assess our health before we experience the symptoms of a serious health concern? Having your labs completed annually is an excellent and effective method of proactive health care.
Oftentimes, our bodies detect when something is wrong far before we perceive a health issue via physical symptoms. Taking steps in advance to ensure we get enough vitamins and minerals, our cholesterol levels are normal, our hormone levels are healthy, and our major organs are functioning well, is a key to longevity and health optimization.
Blood tests may assess many things, including the following: medical treatment progress and side effects, vitamin or nutrient deficiencies, risk or likelihood of health hazards, the progression of illness, and the presence of pathogens. Our top 9 Blood Panels were developed with our clients specific needs in mind. These panels include IV Lounge Comprehensive Thyroid Panel, IV Lounge Wellness Panel, IV Lounge Heavy Metals Panel, IV Lounge Ultimate Panel, IV Lounge Women’s Hormone Panel, IV Lounge Men’s Hormone Panel, IV Lounge Blood Type Panel, IV Lounge Diabetes Panel, and IV Lounge STD Panel.
Let’s review IV Lounge & Wellness Center’s Blood Panels and why we selected them.
1. IV Lounge Comprehensive Thyroid Panel
Tests Include: TSH, T4 Total, T3 Total, T3 Uptake, Free T4, Free T3, and TPO
Your Thyroid health may be more important than you think. Because the Thyroid is responsible for releasing hormones into the bloodstream that are essential to metabolic function and speed, maintaining the health of this organ is critical. Metabolic function within our cells aids in the health of our heart and digestive system. The IV Lounge Comprehensive Thyroid Panel uses a number of tests to thoroughly assess the function of the Thyroid. The TSH test specifically helps identify an overactive or underactive thyroid state. This panel is very useful in diagnosing hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism, a condition which causes the thyroid to over or under produce hormones, causing symptoms such as a fast heart rate, fatigue weight loss or gain, trembling and/or sweating.
Why is this test so important to us? 20 million people in the U.S are estimated to experience Thyroid issues. This condition can be debilitating if undiagnosed, yet many people who experience Thyroid issues are actually undiagnosed. Blood testing can be widely informative to your body’s needs.
2. IV Lounge Wellness Panel
Tests Include: Vitamin D total, Basic Food Allergy Panel, CBC, CMP, CRP Latex, and Insulin
The IV Lounge Wellness Panel is recommended to assess how well your body responds to your current lifestyle. In this panel, we complete a CBC test (complete blood count) and assess your levels of hemoglobin, hematocrit, red blood cells, white blood cells , and platelets. This test is commonly used to check for anemia, infection, and other common illnesses involving the blood. Alongside our CBC test, we offer a more broad screening test (CMP) used to evaluate organ function, like the liver and kidneys, and electrolyte balance. Because your liver is so important, we will also test your levels of C-reactive proteins (CRP) which are one of the proteins produced from liver cells in response to tissue damage, infection, and inflammation.
Dietary choices may impact your quality of digestion and life in general, but without food allergy testing the cause of your disturbance could go undetected. IV Lounge food allergy test measures your immune response to common foods which may cause allergic reactions or digestive irritations. Alongside digestive sensitivity, your dietary habits may also have a negative impact on your body’s ability to produce a healthy amount of insulin, so we included an insulin test in this panel.
Last but not least, this test will measure your levels of Vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones and teeth. It also helps keep your muscles, nerves, and immune system working efficiently!
This panel will certainly help us understand where your lifestyle is working and optimal, and where you may need guidance.
3. IV Lounge Heavy Metals Panel
Tests Include: Mercury, Lead, and Arsenic
The IV Lounge heavy Metal Panel assesses the levels of toxic metals in the body, such as: lead, arsenic, and mercury which are some of the most commonly found heavy metals in humans. Surprisingly, heavy metals can be found throughout our environment and within our diet. They can be absorbed through our skin, inhaled, or digested. These heavy metals are safe in very small quantities, our bodies are even used to them! Too much of these metals, although, are unsafe.
These tests are essential for individuals with medium to high amounts of seafood within their diet or who have had exposure to toxic environments.
4. IV Lounge Ultimate Panel
Tests Include: Vitamin D Total, CEA, CBC, CMP, Cortisol, DHEA-S, Estradiol, FTT, FSH, Acute Hepatitis Panel, IGF-1, Insulin, Iron Panel, Lipid Panel, Procalcitonin, Progesterone Free & Total PSA, Rheumatoid Factor, Thyroid Profile, and Vitamin D 1,25 Calcitriol
The IV Lounge Ultimate Panel includes tests from the wellness panel like Vitamin D, CBC, CMP, and Insulin testing as well as the Thyroid panel; This panel also includes essential hormonal testing like levels of DHEA-S (which serves as a building block to testosterone) and Progesterone (which offsets the effect of estrogen in men and women, preventing chronic illness associated with high estrogen).
By testing for these things in combination with iron, hepatitis, lipid, cortisol, and rheumatoid factor level testing, we are confident that this panel will “single-out” the most common health concerns among Americans…. this is what makes it the IV Lounge Ultimate Panel.
5. IV Lounge Women’s Hormone Panel
Tests Include: CMP, F&T Testosterone, Estradiol, DHEA-S, FSH, LH, Prolactin, Insulin, SHBG, and Progesterone
This panel includes important tests from our other panels like CMP (our broad screening test used to evaluate liver and kidney function in addition to electrolyte balance), DHEA-S, and insulin. In addition to those more general tests, we customized this panel to suit the needs of women and their health. Although we often associate the hormone Testosterone with men, it actually plays an important role in the women’s body and small amounts are produced by the ovaries. Testosterone levels in women are tested to evaluate virilization. Estradiol, commonly known as E2, is the most active of the estrogens. For women, it is important to look at the relationship between estradiol and progesterone in evaluating menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, mood disorders, and common symptoms of aging.
As mentioned in the IV Lounge Ultimate Panel, Progesterone balances and offsets the effects of estrogen. An imbalance between progesterone and estrogen can cause weight gain, insomnia, anxiety, depression, migraines, and even more debilitating conditions such as cancer, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, and osteoporosis in women. It is important progesterone levels are specifically addressed in women for these reasons. Prolactin, secreted by the pituitary gland, induces milk production and develops nerve cells. Higher levels of prolactin have been associated with tumors involving the lungs, the pituitary gland, and the kidneys.
Last but not least, we will discuss FSH and LH. These hormones are measured to assess fertility or infertility in women! They may also help determine whether female sex organs (ovaries) are properly functioning.
This panel is especially important for individuals aiming to conceive, who have symptoms of hormonal imbalance, think they might struggle with infertility, or who want to assess the effects of birth control.
6. IV Lounge Men’s Hormone Panel
Tests Include: CMP, F&T Testosterone, Estradiol, DHEA-S, FSH, LH, Prolactin, Insulin, SHBG, and F&T PSA
This panel includes important tests from our other panels like CMP (our broad screening test used to evaluate liver and kidney function in addition to electrolyte balance), DHEA-S, and insulin. In addition to those more general tests, we customized this panel to suit the needs of men and their health. Although you may notice the men’s panel and women’s panel are oddly similar, there are significant differences between what the results of these tests indicate.
In men, testosterone levels are used to assess sexual or hormonal dysfunctions which may influence physical characteristics (like muscle retention or the lack of retention). High levels of Estradiol in men are associated with abdominal fat, enlargement of the prostate, and cardiovascular risk. Low levels of estradiol may be associated with osteoporosis. The amounts of FSH are measure to assess whether the testicles are properly functioning or not.
A test that is unique to the IV Lounge Men’s hormone panel is the the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test. This is a protein made only in the prostate gland. PSA is produced by normal, abnormal and cancerous prostatic tissue. This gives great insight into prostate health.
7. IV Lounge Blood Type Panel
Tests Include: Blood Type + RH Factor
Have you ever wondered what you are made of? IV Lounge Blood Typing will show you. Potential blood types include: O positive, O negative, A positive, A negative, B positive, B negative, AB positive and AB negative. Type O negative is recognized as “the universal donor” and AB positive is known as the “universal recipient”. This information can be particularly useful in cases of emergency, other medically relevant blood treatments, or if you have an interest in being a donor.
Rh typing, either positive or negative, is mainly used to determine Rh immune globulin (present in red blood cells), providing particularly useful information for prenatal candidacy. By being Rh negative, there may be complications during pregnancy which can be addressed with a medical doctor.
8. IV Lounge Diabetes Panel
Tests Include: CBC, CMP, A1c, and Urinalysis
In combination of our CBC and CMP tests, we also test A1c levels (also known as HbA1c, Glycohemoglobin, or Glycated hemoglobin) which indicate how manageable a diabetic condition is. Even though you may have some very high or very low blood glucose levels, A1C will indicate the average amount of glucose in your blood over a specific period of time. A Urinalysis is also completed within this panel to evaluate for conditions such as urinary tract infection, dehydration, and kidney stones as they are a health hazard for diabetic individuals.
9. IV Lounge STD Panel
Tests Include: HIV ½, Syphilis Total, GC, Chlamydia, Trichomoniasis, Acute Hepatitis Panel, and Herpes Simplex Virus 1&2
The IV Lounge STD Panel confidentially checks for many of the most common STDs in the U.S. Our panel utilizes both serum from blood and urine specimens to deliver accurate results regarding patient sexual health. We recommend this test for all patients, as this is necessary for properly treating or preventing health issues due to STIs. This test assesses for HIV, Syphilis, Chlamydia, Trich, Acute Hepatitis, Herpes, and Gonorrhea.
Why do we recommend this panel? STD testing assists in making informed decisions about treatment, lifestyle modifications, and helps prevent the spread of pathogens.
At IV Lounge & Wellness Center, we aim to provide accessible and preventative methods of health care. Contact any of our locations or our main office line at (877) 420-0052 and speak with one of our health care specialists to inquire about our blood panels today.
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