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The Blood Code - 1. Metabolic Discovery Panel
This thorough set of tests helps assess your metabolism. Are you storing too much fat and sugar or perhaps too little? Are you insulin resistant with subsequent inflammation? You can run this panel to discover whether your diet, fitness and nutritional habits are providing you the metabolic health and longevity you deserve. Don’t settle for one-size-fits-all health advice. Find out what works for you with this core introductory panel, developed by Dr. Richard Maurer, author of The Blood Code: Unlock the secrets of your metabolism .
Preparation: Fast for 10-16 hours, overnight. Drink enough water and take your prescribed medications. No coffee or vigorous exercise on the morning of the blood draw.
The Blood Code - 2. Metabolic Progress Panel
This is an affordable set of tests to do quarterly to assure your progress results in your healthiest metabolism. Your diet, fitness lifestyle and nutritional intake should improve your energy, weight and inner metabolic health. But don’t merely trust it’s working. Run this Progress Panel to take a snapshot of your insulin response, blood sugars and lipids and pivot off these results as directed in Dr. Maurer’s book, The Blood Code . To lower your cost, vitamin D, vitamin B-12 and ferritin are not on this panel therefore see the Metabolic Discovery Panel if they are required.
Blood Code - 3. Thyroid Discovery Panel
If you suspect that you have any hypothyroid activity, either through your symptoms, family history or prior tests, you will want to run this panel. The Thyroid Discovery Panel goes beyond common thyroid screening and provides the entire cascade of hormones in their free state along with the thyroid antibodies that can signal future or hidden thyroid problems. If your thyroid antibodies are not elevated, you rarely need to test them again, therefore future thyroid evaluation can be with the simpler Thyroid Progress Panel.
Blood Code - 4. Thyroid Progress & Performance
This panel shows whether your basal “at-rest” metabolic rate is too slow or too fast relative to your thyroid hormones. Without the antibodies, the less costly panel measured the thyroid hormone effects of changes over time. Four hormones make up your thyroid metabolism and the cascade of all these hormones tells a story better than one alone: TSH - comes from your pituitary gland, Free T4 - comes directly from your thyroid gland or prescription supplement, Free T3 is overflow from the thyroid activation that occurs within cells, and Reverse T3 indicates the rate of deactivation of thyroid activity in your body.
Blood Code - 5. Cardio-Metabolic Disease Risk Discovery
This comprehensive panel combines metabolic health markers with advanced cardiovascular evaluation and helps answer questions about whether lipid problems, such as cholesterol, triglyceride and HDL imbalances, are a big or small concern for you. Scientific literature and understanding has brought us beyond the over-simplified consideration that HDL is “good” cholesterol and LDL is “bad” cholesterol. There are lipoproteins like APO-B that are independent of LDL but play a crucial role in the development of arterial plaque. And the size of your LDL-cholesterol molecule is linked to the tendency toward plaque formation, smaller LDL’s are more problematic. Technology and the dramatically reduced cost through ULTA allows you to measure these and many other cardiovascular risk markers.
Blood Code - 6: Cardio-Metabolic Progress Panel
IF you have already run the metabolic discovery panel and/or you need to dig deeper into a “cholesterol concern”—this abbreviated form of the Cardio-Metabolic Discovery Panel reveals your ApoB/A1 ratio, LP(a), LDL size (aka fractionation), and inflammation markers such as CRP and fibrinogen. Research indicates that fitness improvements can improve the ApoB/A1 ratio and that diet changes can influence inflammation levels. This panel helps assure your lifestyle choices move your cardiovascular risk markers in the right direction. Results can measure your progress following changes you make and the results can be a useful tool to more effectively consult with your supportive health care provider.
Blood Code - 7 The Blood Code Exercise and Recovery Panel
Athletes and we amateurs who practice challenging exercise regularly develop a special relationship with pain, making it possible to go longer and harder. But when is it too much? Dr. Maurer is quick to say that there is no such thing as over-exercise, only under-recovery. Inadequate recovery causes an inflammatory load and has damaging effects to the body in virtually every organ system. Over time, this chronic inflammation can become your baseline. While countless more tests could be ordered, this panel thoroughly covers exercise induced inflammation markers and the subsequent hormonal recovery response your body has toward exertion and stress.
Blood Code - 8. Stress & Steroid Hormone Addendum:
Some of your hormones are in response to stress. DHEA, Testosterone and Cortisol should properly respond to the stresses and demands of your life and lifestyle.