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The adiponectin ELISA assay quantitatively measures human adiponectin in serum. It has been shown that decreased expression of adiponectin correlates with insulin resistance. Adiponectin appears to be a potent insulin enhancer linking adipose tissue and whole body glucose metabolism.

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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.

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.

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).

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.

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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

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.

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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Elevated levels of homocysteine are observed in patients at risk for coronary heart disease and stroke.

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

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Iodine is an essential element that is required for thyroid hormone production. The measurement of iodine serves as an index of adequate dietary intake.

Serum iron quantification is useful in confirming the diagnosis of iron-deficiency anemia or hemochromatosis. The measurement of total iron binding in the same specimen may facilitate the clinician''s ability to distinguish between low serum iron levels caused by iron deficiency from those related to inflammatory neoplastic disorders. The assay for iron measures the amount of iron which is bound to transferrin. The total iron binding capacity (TIBC) measures the amount of iron that would appear in blood if all the transferrin were saturated with iron. It is an indirect measurement of transferri

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Elevations in serum lactate dehydrogenase occur from myocardial infarction, liver disease, pernicious and megaloblastic anemia, pulmonary emboli, malignancies, and muscular dystrophy

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Leptin is an adipocyte-derived hormone that is essential for normal body weight regulation. Leptin production is under neuroendocrine control so that serum concentrations vary directly with the amount of triglycerides stored in adipose tissue depots.

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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Prealbumin is decreased in protein-calorie malnutrition, liver disease, and acute inflammation. It may be used as an indicator of nutritional requirements and response to therapy during total parenteral nutrition and as a biochemical marker of nutritional adequacy in premature infants.

Today there are a lot more people interested in finding a way to reduce their weight. Many Americans struggle with obesity, and these numbers continue to increase each year. But there are just as many people that are focused on doing something about their weight. The CDC recently reported that 17% of American adults are on a diet or healthy eating plan.  

Many people are also becoming more aware that managing their weight involves more than just calories out and calories in. This is an area whereby Weight Management Lab Tests come in. These tests reveal more information about what goes on inside the body.  

Here is more information on Weight Loss Lab Tests and ways they might assist you to shed a few excess pounds. 

What Is Obesity? 

The CDC uses BMI or Adult Body Mass Index as a definition for obesity. It would help if you had your current height and weight to check on your BMI using what is known as the BMI Index Chart.  

If your BMI is between 25.0 and 30.0, you are considered overweight. If your BMI exceeds 30.0, then you are obese. If you have a BMI of over 40.0, then you are classified as severely obese.  

What You Need to Know About Obesity 

Many people start to gain weight as they get older. The stress of balancing family life and work often makes it challenging to manage a healthy eating plan. It is also not always easy or possible to keep up with regular exercise.  

Other factors such as stress may also be affecting your ability to manage your weight. Stress increases cortisol levels, and this can cause your body to retain fat. If you believe this may be one of your problems, a Weight Management Test can detect if you have cortisol levels that are raised in your bloodstream. 

What Are the Risk Factors for Obesity? 

Many risk factors often cause people to struggle with managing their weight. These also include factors that we cannot control, including our family history, ethnicity, gender, sex, and age.  

Other factors, including activity levels, lifestyle, and diet, also have an impact on our weight.  

Weight Gain Causes 

Whether you are battling with your genes or your lifestyle is not healthy, this can cause you to pick up weight. The more apparent factors include eating an excess of calories, particularly from foods with high levels of sugar, fat, or both. When you do not get enough exercise, this can also lead to significant weight gain.  

The less commonly considered factors include high-stress levels and not getting enough sleep. These factors affect your hormones and often make it more difficult to control your appetite.  

What Are the Symptoms and Signs of Obesity? 

There aren't any specific symptoms linked to obesity. If you are trying to find out if you are obese or overweight, you should not be relying on BMI alone. It is also important to check the circumference of your waist.  

If your waist circumference is high, this could be something to be concerned about. This may mean that you have high levels of "visceral fat," which can result in other health complications.  

About Weight Management Laboratory Tests 

The first step you need to take is to find out what is going on inside your body. A CMP (comprehensive metabolic test) examines your metabolism. It also detects how your metabolism is functioning. This displays the way your body uses energy and food.  

This is a test that also checks how your kidneys and liver are functioning. It may also detect abnormalities in your blood sugar levels. Your health care provider may use this test to discover any underlying problems that might cause you to find it harder to shed those excess pounds.  

Hormone Tests 

The hormones related to stress, thyroid function, and sex can also significantly impact weight management. Here are some of the tests used to find out whether you might have an imbalance in one or more of these areas: 


- Stress hormones such as cortisol 

Thyroid hormones, including T4, T3, and TSH 


- Sex hormones such as testosterone (free and total) 

Lower than normal or elevated levels might be an indication of underlying conditions. Your doctor might recommend lifestyle changes or treatment to help you balance these hormones. Once your hormone levels start to balance out, weight loss and appetite control usually become easier.  

Early tests can also be used to diagnose the start of a condition known as insulin resistance. When caught early enough, you can keep this condition under control with a few lifestyle changes. Losing weight might also help you to lower the risks associated with developing Type 2 Diabetes.  

How Are Weight Management Tests Performed 

A weight management lab test is ordered online and involves having the test drawn at one of our authorized patient services centers. You should receive your results in a couple of days, but this will also depend on the test type.

After reviewing your results, your health care provider will usually offer treatment options or lifestyle advice to help you to find ways to keep your weight under control.  

FAQs About Weight Management Lab Tests 

Most people haven't considered using Weight Loss Lab Tests to assist them when it comes to losing weight. Here are a few of the most common questions asked: 

  • What type of blood tests are used for losing weight? 
  • Is there a test available to check on my metabolism? 
  • What type of tests are used for weight gain? 

A set of comprehensive baseline-biomarker tests is usually the initial step. It might give you an answer right away or detect an area where your doctor may decide to carry out more tests.  

These tests involve more than just looking better and losing weight. They are also used to detect more serious types of health conditions, including diabetes, that might be contributing to "metabolic syndrome." The sooner you make the necessary lifestyle changes or start treatment, the more you improve your chances of reversing or delaying these conditions.  

Weight Loss Lab Tests Give You More Control 

Weight Loss Lab Tests often give you an idea of how your body is working and what it needs to perform best. Along with advice from your doctor, it becomes easier to find a plan that will work best for you. These tests could be the first important step you need to take to achieve long-term and lasting weight loss results.  

Ulta Lab Tests provides highly reliable and accurate tests. These tests can help you make more informed decisions when it comes to your health. Here is what we offer: 

  • Confidential and Secure Results 
  • No Referral or Insurance is Needed 
  • Affordable Prices, including Doctor's Order 
  • Satisfaction Guarantee 

Order a Weight Management Lab Test today. You will receive your results in your private online patient portal within 24 to 48 hours for most tests.  

Take your health back and monitor your progress with Ulta Lab Tests