ODX Functional Testing

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The major sources of amylase are the pancreas and the salivary glands. The most common cause of elevation of serum amylase is inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis). In acute pancreatitis, serum amylase begins to rise within 6-24 hours, remains elevated for a few days and returns to normal in 3-7 days. Other causes of elevated serum amylase are inflammation of salivary glands (mumps), biliary tract disease and bowel obstruction. Elevated serum amylase can also be seen with drugs (e.g., morphine) which constrict the pancreatic duct sphincter preventing excretion of amylase into the intestine.

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Apolipoprotein B (APO B) has been reported to be a powerful indicator of CAD. In some patients with CAD, APO B is elevated even in the presence of normal LDL cholesterol.

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Measurement of the levels of bilirubin is used in the diagnosis and treatment of liver, hemolytic, hematologic, and metabolic disorders, including hepatitis and gall bladder obstruction. The assessment of direct bilirubin is helpful in the differentiation of hepatic disorders. The increase in total bilirubin associated with obstructive jaundice is primarily due to the direct (conjugated) fraction. Both direct and indirect bilirubin are increased in the serum with hepatitis.

Measurement of the levels of bilirubin is used in the diagnosis and treatment of liver, hemolytic, hematologic, and metabolic disorders, including hepatitis and gall bladder obstructive disease

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C-Peptide is useful in the evaluation of pancreatic beta cell function and for determining the source of insulin in patients with hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemia.

Increased CRP levels are found in inflammatory conditions including: bacterial infection, rheumatic fever, active arthritis, myocardial infarction, malignancies and in the post-operative state. This test cannot detect the relatively small elevations of CRP that are associated with increased cardiovascular risk.

C-Reactive Protein Cardiac (hs CRP) Useful in predicting risk for cardiovascular disease.


Apolipoprotein A1 is the primary protein associated with HDL cholesterol. Like HDL cholesterol, increased concentrations are associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.

There are two major forms of Apolipoprotein B, B-100 and B-48. B-100, synthesized in the liver, is the major protein in VLDL, IDL, and LDL cholesterol. B-48, synthesized in the intestines, is essential for the assembly and secretion of chylomicrons. Patients with increased concentrations of Apolipoprotein B are at increased risk of atherosclerosis.

A Complete Blood Count (CBC) Panel is used as a screening test for various disease states including anemia, leukemia and inflammatory processes.

A CBC blood test includes the following biomarkers: WBC, RBC, Hemoglobin, Hematocrit, MCV, MCH, MCHC, RDW, Platelet count, Neutrophils, Lymphs, Monocytes, Eos, Basos, Neutrophils (Absolute), Lymphs (Absolute), Monocytes(Absolute), Eos (Absolute), Basos (Absolute), Immature Granulocytes, Immature Grans (Abs)


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Cortisol is increased in Cushing's Disease and decreased in Addison's Disease (adrenal insufficiency). Patient needs to have the specimen collected between 7 a.m.-9 a.m.


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Cortisol is increased in Cushing's Disease and decreased in Addison's Disease (adrenal insufficiency).

Test for myocardial infarction and skeletal muscle damage. Elevated results may be due to: myocarditis, myocardial infarction (heart attack), muscular dystrophy, muscle trauma or excessive exercise

DHEA-S is the sulfated form of DHEA and is the major androgen produced by the adrenal glands. This test is used in the differential diagnosis of hirsute or virilized female patients and for the diagnosis of isolated premature adrenarche and adrenal tumors. About 10% of hirsute women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) have elevated DHEA-S but normal levels of other androgens.


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Measuring the circulating levels of estradiol is important for assessing the ovarian function and monitoring follicular development for assisted reproduction protocols. Estradiol plays an essential role throughout the human menstrual cycle. Elevated estradiol levels in females may also result from primary or secondary ovarian hyperfunction. Very high estradiol levels are found during the induction of ovulation for assisted reproduction therapy or in pregnancy. Decreased estradiol levels in females may result from either lack of ovarian synthesis (primary ovarian hypofunction and menopause) or a lesion in the hypothalamus-pituitary axis (secondary ovarian hypofunction). Elevated estradiol levels in males may be due to increased aromatization of androgens, resulting in gynecomastia.

IMPORTANT - Note this Estradiol test is not for children that have yet to start their menstrual cycle.  If this test is ordered for a child that has yet to begin their menstrual cycle Quest Diagnostics labs will substitute in Estradiol, Ultrasensitive LC/MS/MS - #30289 at an additional charge of $34


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Useful in the diagnosis of hypochromic, microcytic anemias. Decreased in iron deficiency anemia and increased in iron overload.


Fibrinogen is essential for the formation of a blood clot. Deficiency can produce mild to severe bleeding disorders

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Folic acid deficiency is common in pregnant women, alcoholics, in patients whose diets do not include raw fruits and vegetables, and in people with structural damage to the small intestine. The most reliable and direct method of diagnosing folate deficiency is the determination of folate levels in both erythrocytes and serum. Low folic acid levels, however, can also be the result of a primary vitamin B12 deficiency that decreases the ability of cells to take up folic acid


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FSH and LH are secreted by the anterior pituitary in response to gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GNRH) secreted by the hypothalamus. In both males and females, FSH and LH secretion is regulated by a balance of positive and negative feedback mechanisms involving the hypothalamic-pituitary axis, the reproductive organs, and the pituitary and sex steroid hormones. FSH and LH play a critical role in maintaining the normal function of the male and female reproductive systems. Abnormal FSH levels with corresponding increased or decreased levels of LH, estrogens, progesterone, and testosterone are associated with a number of pathological conditions. Increased FSH levels are associated with menopause and primary ovarian hypofunction in females and primary hypogonadism in males. Decreased levels of FSH are associated with primary ovarian hyper-function in females and primary hypergonadism in males. Normal or decreased levels of FSH are associated with polycystic ovary disease in females. In males, LH is also called interstitial cell-stimulating hormone (ICSH). Abnormal LH levels with corresponding increased or decreased levels of FSH, estrogens, progesterone, and testosterone are associated with a number of pathological conditions. Increased LH levels are associated with menopause, primary ovarian hypofunction, and polycystic ovary disease in females and primary hypo-gonadism in males. Decreased LH levels are associated with primary ovarian hyperfunction in females and primary hyper-gonadism in males.

Elevated GGT is found in all forms of liver disease. Measurement of GGT is used in the diagnosis and treatment of alcoholic cirrhosis, as well as primary and secondary liver tumors. It is more sensitive than alkaline phosphatase, the transaminases, and leucine aminopeptidase in detecting obstructive jaundice, cholangitis, and cholecystitis. Normal levels of GGT are seen in skeletal diseases; thus, GGT in serum can be used to ascertain whether a disease, suggested by elevated alkaline phosphatase, is skeletal or hepatobiliary.

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For the diagnosis and monitoring of gastrin-secreting tumors, gastric ulcer, Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Increased in pernicious anemia.

A Hemoglobin (Hb) A1c Blood Test evaluates the average amount of glucose in the blood. The A1c test will help determine whether you are at a higher risk of developing diabetes; to help diagnose diabetes and prediabetes; to monitor diabetes and to aid in treatment decisions.

To assist with control of blood glucose levels, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) has recommended glycated hemoglobin testing (HbA1c) twice a year for patients with stable glycemia, and quarterly for patients with poor glucose control. Interpretative ranges are based on ADA guidelines.


Assesses long term diabetic control in diabetes mellitus.


Did your physician or healthcare provider recommend an ODX functional blood chemistry analysis test to you, but you're unsure what it is?

Do you have a family history of an inheritable condition that has you concerned about your health status?

Or, are you feeling healthy but interested in monitoring your general wellbeing?

If any of these questions apply to you, we can help you better understand ODX functional blood chemistry analysis testing. You will be much more prepared and relaxed as you prepare for your test. 

What Is ODX Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis Testing?

ODX functional blood chemistry analysis testing is one of the most critical entry-level assessments that your doctor can order for you. Dr. Weatherby from Optimal DX first developed it to standardize the functional interpretation of blood chemistry tests. 

As a preventive diagnosis tool, ODX functional blood chemistry analysis testing allows your doctor to reduce the time spent analyzing multiple blood tests. The tests can be used as a prognostic marker for dysfunction if the test identifies abnormal blood chemistry.

Through ODX functional blood chemistry analysis testing, your blood biomarkers can be monitored over time to detect changes in your health before they develop into a condition that can negatively impact your health. Your results can be monitored over time to detect if there are any concerning changes. 

ODX functional blood chemistry analysis testing goes beyond routine testing. It is more comprehensive, and it includes a cross-section of tests to evaluates your body systems and the state of your health to help identify conditions you may not yet be experience symptoms. It looks at underlying health issues and evaluates the state of your health and any conditions you may have. Results from this test can help you catch critical changes in your body before they manifest into a more serious condition.

What are the Benefits of General Wellness Lab Testing?

General wellness lab testing is performed to evaluate your overall health and screen for health conditions. Like an annual physical or a biennial dental cleaning, general wellness lab testing is a great tool to check up on your body and make sure there are no underlying issues. 

Through these tests, a variety of biomarkers are reviewed and analyzed for any concerning trends. By conducting these tests, you can receive an early warning of any potential issues with your health. 

General wellness lab testing helps you react to any risk factors and proactively target lifestyle changes. Some diseases or conditions develop over time without any symptoms, so lab testing enables you to identify these conditions earlier. 

These tests can also help confirm or rule out inherited conditions. Knowing that tested levels are "normal" might help relieve stress about your general wellbeing. 

ODX Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis Testing Lab Panels

There are five blood chemistry panel options typically available for ODX functional blood chemistry analysis testing:

The ODX Vital panel is the smallest option. It contains 19 tests with 80 biomarkers. This panel includes a CBC (complete blood count) and CMP (comprehensive metabolic panel), as well as a number of screening tests to evaluate your liver and kidney functions. This panel also includes some hormonal tests to monitor your thyroid and pituitary glands. This panel serves as a great starting point to determine if all of your vital biomarkers are within normal ranges.

ODX Max contains slightly more tests, with 33 tests in total and analyzing 100 biomarkers. Some of these additional tests help to evaluate your cardiovascular, skeletal, and muscular health. This panel also tests sex hormones and biomarkers, such as DHEA sulfate, estradiol, testosterone, and SHBG (sex hormone-binding globulin). Last but not least, this panel adds a test for insulin, which is vital for regulating blood glucose levels. Abnormalities in any of these tests can provide an early warning sign for a serious condition. 

The ODX Ultimate has two versions - male and female. These two versions contain 41 and 42 tests and evaluate 110 and 111 biomarkers, respectively. Additional tests for sex hormones are included in this panel. The Ultimate panel takes a more granular look at VLDL cholesterol and apolipoprotein A (which is carried in HDL cholesterol). Monitoring these levels early on can help you to make lifestyle changes to prevent and/or manage medical conditions.

Last but not least, the ODX Comprehensive panel contains the most tests of any of the options. This panel has 52 tests with 123 biomarkers. It contains all the tests mentioned in previous panels and tests for the prostate, parathyroid, and thyroid. This panel is the best option if you feel poorly and are unsure of the cause or if you have any concerning trends from your family health history.

Understanding which tests you want to review will help you narrow down your selection for which panel you should choose.

Frequently Asked Questions About ODX Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis Testing

You may still have some questions about this test and how it applies to you. Here are some frequently asked questions about ODX functional blood chemistry analysis testing:

  • Q: If I order multiple blood tests, will I need to have more than one needle stick?
    A: No; in fact, it's fairly common to order multiple lab tests off of a single blood draw where there is just one needle stick
  • Q: What do I need to do to prepare for my test?
    A: Each test has different requirements for preparation, but typically overnight fasting (or fasting up to 12 hours) is preferred
  • Q: Should I continue to take medication before getting my test?
    A: Yes; you should always take any medication that has been prescribed to you by a physician 
  • Q: What should I do if I receive an abnormal result?
    A: Abnormalities should be considered early warnings; they don't necessarily mean that you have an illness or disease. If you receive an abnormal result, reach out to your physician or healthcare provider for evaluation, further testing, and diagnosis

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