Keto Diet

Would you like to know more about the potential dangers your keto diet is having on your health? Find out about the benefits of keto diet blood tests here.

Your keto diet test can give you an accurate reading of your nutritional biomarkers and blood chemistry, with results sent confidentially online in 24 to 48 hours. Order your lab tests for keto diet deficiencies from Ulta Lab Tests today! 

SEE BELOW THE LIST OF TESTS FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT – Keto Diet Blood Tests for Keto Diet Deficiencies


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

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

This is the most common Lipid Panel. Components include those useful in the detection, classification, and monitoring of patients with hyperlipidemia.

Elevated concentrations of Lp(a) are associated with increased risk of coronary artery disease.

There is a correlation between increased risk of premature heart disease with decreasing size of LDL particles. Ion mobility offers the only direct measurement of lipoprotein particle size and concentration for each lipoprotein from HDL3 to large VLDL.

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


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Serum glucose levels may be abnormally high (hyperglycemia) or abnormally low (hypoglycemia). Glucose measurements are used in the diagnosis and treatment of carbohydrate metabolic disorders including diabetes mellitus, idiopathic hypoglycemia, and pancreatic islet cell neoplasm.

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.


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For diagnosis and monitoring of diabetes and insulin-secreting tumors.

  • Apolipoprotein B
  • Glucose
  • Hemoglobin A1c (HgbA1C)
  • hs-CRP
  • Insulin
  • Lipid Panel with Ratios
  • Lipoprotein (A)
  • Lipoprotein Fractionation, Ion Mobility, Cardio IQ™
  • T3, Free
  • T4, Free
  • TSH

Keto Lab Test Panel - Advanced includes the following tests.

  • C-Peptide
  • CBC (includes Differential and Platelets)
  • Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP)
  • Ferritin
  • Hemoglobin A1c (HgbA1C)
  • hs-CRP
  • Insulin
  • Lipid Panel, Cardio IQ™
  • Lipoprotein (a), Cardio IQ™
  • Lipoprotein Fractionation, Ion Mobility, Cardio IQ™
  • QuestAssureD™ 25-Hydroxyvitamin D (D2, D3), LC/MS/MS
  • T3, Free
  • T4 (Thyroxine), Total
  • TSH
  • Uric Acid
  • Urinalysis (UA), Complete

Keto Lab Test Panel - Basic includes the following tests.

  • CBC (includes Differential and Platelets)
  • Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP)
  • Hemoglobin A1c (HgbA1C)
  • Insulin
  • Lipid Panel, Cardio IQ™
  • Lipoprotein Fractionation, Ion Mobility, Cardio IQ™
  • TSH
  • Uric Acid
  • Urinalysis (UA), Complete

 


Keto Lab Test Panel - Basic Plus includes the following tests.

  • CBC (includes Differential and Platelets)
  • Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP)
  • Ferritin
  • Hemoglobin A1c (HgbA1C)
  • Insulin
  • Lipid Panel, Cardio IQ™
  • Lipoprotein (a), Cardio IQ™
  • Lipoprotein Fractionation, Ion Mobility, Cardio IQ™
  • QuestAssureD™ 25-Hydroxyvitamin D (D2, D3), LC/MS/MS
  • T3, Free
  • T4 (Thyroxine), Total
  • TSH
  • Uric Acid
  • Urinalysis (UA), Complete

Keto Lab Test Panel - Comprehensive includes the following tests.

  • Apolipoprotein B, Cardio IQ™ 
  • C-Peptide
  • CBC (includes Differential and Platelets) 
  • Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP)
  • Ferritin
  • Hemoglobin A1c (HgbA1C)
  • hs-CRP
  • Insulin
  • Lipid Panel, Cardio IQ™ 
  • Lipoprotein (a), Cardio IQ™ 
  • Lipoprotein Fractionation, Ion Mobility, Cardio IQ™ 
  • Magnesium
  • QuestAssureD™ 25-Hydroxyvitamin D (D2, D3), LC/MS/MS 
  • T3, Free
  • T4 (Thyroxine), Total
  • TSH
  • Uric Acid
  • Urinalysis (UA), Complete
  • Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin)

A lipid panel includes:Total cholesterol —this test measures all of the cholesterol in all the lipoprotein particles.High-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) — measures the cholesterol in HDL particles; often called "good cholesterol" because it removes excess cholesterol and carries it to the liver for removal.Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) — calculates the cholesterol in LDL particles; often called "bad cholesterol" because it deposits excess cholesterol in walls of blood vessels, which can contribute to atherosclerosis. Usually, the amount of LDL cholesterol (LDL-C) is calculated using the results of total cholesterol, HDL-C, and triglycerides.Triglycerides — measures all the triglycerides in all the lipoprotein particles; most is in the very low-density lipoproteins (VLDL).Very low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (VLDL-C) — calculated from triglycerides/5; this formula is based on the typical composition of VLDL particles.Non-HDL-C — calculated from total cholesterol minus HDL-C.Cholesterol/HDL ratio — calculated ratio of total cholesterol to HDL-C.


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Elevated concentrations of Lp(a) are associated with increased risk of coronary artery disease

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This test is used to diagnose hyperthyroidism and to clarify thyroid status in the presence of a possible protein binding abnormality.

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For diagnosis of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.

Note: Free T4 Index (T7) will only be calculated and reported if test code code 861 (T3 Uptake) is ordered as well.


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The free T4 are tests thelps evaluate thyroid function. The free T4 test is used to help diagnose hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. Free T4 is the active form of thyroxine and is usually ordered along with or following a TSH test. This helps the doctor to determine whether the thyroid hormone feedback system is functioning as it should, and the results of the tests help to distinguish between different causes of hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism.

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The Thyroid-stimulating Hormone (TSH) Blood Test is for differential diagnosis of primary, secondary, and tertiary hypothyroidism. The TSH test is also useful in screening for hyperthyroidism. This assay allows adjustment of exogenous thyroxine dosage in hypothyroid patients and in patients on suppressive thyroxine therapy for thyroid neoplasia.



We've all heard the warning. "Consult your physician before beginning any diet or exercise program." But, most of the population continues right along with their new diet without even giving it a second thought.

Most of the time, things turn out ok. But in some instances, not consulting your doctor or having lab tests done can be a dangerous decision.

One of the most popular diets in recent years has been the keto diet. It would be best to get these keto diet blood tests done before you start and during the diet to ensure you remain healthy while getting the weight loss results you want.

In this article, we'll discuss the different keto diet blood tests available to you. We'll also talk about the benefits of taking a keto diet test and much more.

So read on! We've got a lot to cover.

What Are the Deficiencies That Occur With a Keto Diet?

The keto diet revolves around foods that are high in fat and high in protein. The diet also limits your intake of processed carbs. You can eat vegetables, but anything like bread, rice, grains, etc., is extremely limited on the keto diet.

Because of the nature of the diet, it can be a challenge to get all of the nutrients your body requires daily. The nutrients that keto users most commonly become deficient in are a group of nutrients known as "micronutrients."

Examples of the micronutrients you need to monitor for deficiencies while on the keto diet are selenium, magnesium, phosphorus, and vitamins B and C.

Another essential nutrient that you may be lacking while on keto is calcium. We all know how vital calcium can be for our bones and teeth. But, it provides several other functions as well.

Calcium is also important when it comes to the body's muscle and nerve function. It's also vital in keeping our blood vessels healthy.

The high-fat foods included in the keto diet create an acidic environment in the body. Calcium within your body is depleted to combat this highly acidic environment and neutralize your body's pH level. As a result, calcium tends to be lost through your urine, and bone density decreases.

Following a ketogenic diet can also decrease the amount of iron in your system. This happens even though keto dieters usually eat high quantities of meat. Losing iron in your system could result in a loss of energy and lower red blood cell production.

The severity of the symptoms can vary, but it can be very painful and uncomfortable in extreme cases.

The reduction of iron while on the keto diet results from the amount of high-fat foods recommended. Eating a lot of foods that are high in fat can reduce your body's ability to absorb iron. Signs of an iron deficiency are loss of energy and difficulty breathing.

Risk Factors for Keto Diet Deficiencies

There are several risk factors that you need to watch out for when starting the keto diet. Although many people have seen benefits from this type of diet, it can be a drastic change in your body.

One of the first things to watch out for is the keto flu. As a person's body switches from normal digestion to a state of ketosis, they can become sick. During this transition stage, it's common for people to experience flu-like symptoms.

The severity of the symptoms can vary, but in extreme cases, it can be very painful and uncomfortable.

The diet may also put stress on your kidneys and digestive system. Switching to a ketogenic diet can even alter the healthy bacteria found in your gut.

Switching to a keto lifestyle can also decrease your bone health, cause nutrient deficiencies, and put you at increased risk for chronic diseases. It could even put you at a higher risk of early death.

Signs and Symptoms of Keto Diet Deficiencies

The key to stopping keto diet deficiencies from becoming major health problems is to catch them early on. The best way to do that is by recognizing the signs and symptoms of these deficiencies.

As sodium, potassium, and water leave your body as it switches to a state of ketosis, causing the keto flu, which can deplete the following vitamins and minerals:

  • Selenium
  • Magnesium
  • B Vitamins
  • Phosphorous
  • Vitamin C

The long-term effects of the keto diet can be much more serious. Dieters who are following a keto lifestyle may experience kidney stones. They can also experience a condition known as fatty liver. A prolonged keto diet can also lead to low levels of protein in the blood.

Tests to Screen, Diagnose, and Monitor Keto Diet Deficiencies

Keto diets aren't all bad. They can be an excellent option for people with specific diseases and disorders. Whatever your reason for trying a keto diet, you need to make sure you're doing it right.

Here are the keto diet blood tests you should consider.

1. Monitor Your Blood Sugar

There is evidence showing that following a keto diet may affect your body's natural insulin response. As a result, it could affect your body's glucose levels.

A keto diet is a popular recommendation for people with diabetes, so you may already monitor your blood sugar levels. If not, it's a good idea to monitor these numbers regularly.

2. Cholesterol Levels

Eating a diet that's high in fat can cause a variety of health problems. These problems aren't easy to see on the surface, so monitoring cholesterol levels is important. This is the best way of catching these problems before they grow into something serious.

Your level of LDL cholesterol is what you need to pay attention to. This is what's considered bad cholesterol. These levels can rise if the fats you consume are unhealthy, saturated fats.

If you're following the keto diet correctly, you should be getting your fats from healthy sources like avocados, olive oil, fish, and nuts.

3. Monitor Thyroid Hormones

Your thyroid hormone levels are important because they are linked to several essential bodily functions. They can affect things such as fertility, heart rate, and metabolism.

If your thyroid is already functioning normally, then keto may not cause any issues. However, if your thyroid hormone levels are already low, eating a low-carb diet can cause them to drop even lower.

In order to properly monitor your micronutrients and screen for keto diet deficiencies, some other lab tests you may want to consider are:

  • Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (related to calcium and kidney and liver health)
  • Urinalysis (related to kidney health, ketones, and body pH levels)
  • Complete Blood Count (related to iron and red blood cell production)

These lab tests are available through Ulta Lab Tests and can give you a more in-depth look at how your body is performing during keto.

FAQs About Keto Diet Deficiencies

Keto is one of the most popular diets in America right now. As a result, people tend to have many questions about what is and isn't ok on the keto diet. They also have questions about keto diet blood tests.

Here are some of the most popular questions.

Q: What Deficiencies Does Keto Cause?

The most common deficiencies caused by a keto diet are deficiencies in micronutrients. These include selenium, magnesium, phosphorous, vitamin B, and vitamin C.

Q: Can Keto Cause Immune Deficiency?

Studies show that a ketogenic diet can affect the levels of "good" and "bad" bacteria in your body's GI tract. Your GI tract acts as the "security guard" of your immune system. If these bacteria levels are out of balance, it could affect your gut-brain function, your immune system and even affect your risk of chronic illness.

Q: When Should Ketones Be Monitored?

Your doctor will probably tell you to monitor your ketones if your blood sugar reaches high levels. The threshold is generally 250 mg/dl or higher for two days in a row.

Q: When Is the Best Time to Test Ketones in Urine

The best times to monitor ketone levels in your urine are early in the morning and late in the evening. If you aren't able to monitor your ketones early in the morning, it's suggested that you wait several hours after eating dinner before getting an evening reading.

Benefits of Keto Diet Deficiency Lab Testing with Ulta Lab Tests

Ulta Lab Tests offers highly accurate and reliable tests so you can make informed decisions about your health. Here are a few great things to love about your keto diet lab tests from Ulta Lab Tests:

  • You'll get secure and confidential results
  • You don't need health insurance
  • You don't need a physician's referral
  • You'll get affordable pricing
  • We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee

Order your keto lab tests today, and your results will be provided to you securely and confidentially online in 24 to 48 hours for most tests.

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