Our Medical Team has identified the 35+ biomarkers critical to you living your optimal life. From hormone optimization to monitoring and preventing cardiovascular disease, thyroid problems, organ health, diabetes, or severe vitamin deficiencies, these 35+ biomarkers will give you the most comprehensive view of your health. And that’s just the beginning. From there, a personalized health plan will be designed to help you reach your optimal health. Then, continued monitoring during your health journey.
Testosterone is the male counterpart to estradiol, in that it is the major driver of the male reproductive cycle. Levels of testosterone in men fall with age and can cause unpleasant symptoms for men. Women should also have low levels of testosterone in their bodies, and this hormone can play a major role in female sex drive. This test measures how much testosterone is present in the blood, bound or unbound.
Luteinizing hormone (LH) is another substance secreted by the pituitary gland that is closely related to FSH in function. In women, LH triggers ovulation and development of the corpus luteum. Men’s bodies use this substance to stimulate Leydig cells to produce testosterone. Like FSH, too much LH can be a sign that the body is going through menopause or that the hormone cycle isn’t working as usual. This test will measure LH levels in the blood.
DHEA-S is a hormone that works behind the scenes to help produce other sex hormones, including testosterone and estrogen.
Insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) is predominately produced by the liver in response to being stimulated by growth hormone (GH). This substance plays an important role in both male and female bodies, helping to regulate the cell lifecycle. Levels typically decrease with age. This test will determine how much IGF-1 is in your bloodstream.
Estradiol is an estrogen, a female steroid hormone, that plays a major role in regulating the female reproductive cycle. Estrogen levels fall during menopause, which can cause distressing symptoms or contribute to osteoporosis. Men should also have low levels of estradiol in their bodies, but high levels could be a sign of a hormone disorder. This test measures how much estradiol is present in the blood.
Unlike the Total Testosterone test, this test only measures the amount of unbound testosterone in the blood. Total T levels will always be higher than free T levels, and there are different ideal levels for each value, and for each sex.
Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) is secreted by the pituitary gland in the brain and helps regulate the reproductive cycle for both men and women. Too much FSH can be a sign that the body has gone through menopause, or that another aspect of the hormonal cycle is being interfered with. This test will measure how much FSH is found in the blood.
This test measures the amount of dihydrotestosterone in the blood. DHT is a hormone derived from testosterone and is directly linked to male and female baldness, sexual development in puberty, acne, and prostate enlargement / cancer.
This test measures the total level of estrogens in the body. Our body produces three main estrogens: estradiol, estriol and estrogen. While each has its own role, all three are great indicators of sexual maturity, menstrual problems, as well as fertility issues. This test is also a great tool to evaluate feminization syndrome and gynecomastia in men.
Also called the “stress” hormone, cortisol is an important steroid hormone that helps regulate the metabolism of fat, protein, and carbohydrates, and suppress the immune response. While cortisol does play a role in the body’s processes, high levels of cortisol can cause weight gain, high blood pressure, and other issues. Conversely, low levels of cortisol can cause weakness, dehydration and diminished ability to fight infection. This test will determine how much cortisol is circulating in your blood.
This test measures how much T3 is free in your blood, unbound to protein.
This hormone is produced by the thyroid gland, which is an important organ located at the base of the throat. Your thyroid uses hormones to regulate how your body uses energy. This test measures how much of this particular thyroid hormone is present in your blood, both bound to a protein and unbound.
This test measures how much T4 is free in your blood, unbound to protein.
This is another thyroid hormone involved in the regulation of your body’s metabolism. This test measures how much bound and unbound T4 is present in your blood.
Antithyroglobulin antibody is a test to measure antibodies to a protein called thyroglobulin. This protein is found in thyroid cells.
Thyroid peroxidase (TPO) is an enzyme normally found in the thyroid gland. TPO plays an important role in the production of thyroid hormones. A TPO test detects antibodies against TPO in the blood.
This test measures how much thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) is present in your blood. Unlike T3 and T4, TSH is produced by the pituitary gland, a tiny but important region in the middle of your brain. The TSH produced by the pituitary gland signals to the thyroid that thyroid hormones should be produced.
TSI stands for thyroid-stimulating immunoglobulin. TSIs are antibodies that tell the thyroid gland to become more active and release excess amounts of thyroid hormone into the blood. A TSI test measures the amount of thyroid-stimulating immunoglobulin in your blood.
This test measures the level of thyroglobulin in your blood. Thyroglobulin is a protein made by cells in the thyroid. The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located near the throat. A thyroglobulin test is mostly used as a tumor marker test to help guide thyroid cancer treatment.
Tumor markers, sometimes called cancer markers, are substances made by cancer cells or by normal cells in response to cancer in the body. Thyroglobulin is made by both normal and cancerous thyroid cells.
A comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP) is a test that measures 14 different substances in your blood. It provides important information about your body’s chemical balance and metabolism. Metabolism is the process of how the body uses food and energy.
This test measures the amount of insulin in your blood. Insulin is a hormone that helps move blood sugar, known as glucose, from your bloodstream into your cells. Glucose comes from the foods you eat and drink. It is your body’s main source of energy.
Insulin plays a key role in keeping glucose at the right levels. If glucose levels are too high or too low, it can cause serious health problems.
Total cholesterol is the total amount of cholesterol in your blood, which includes both low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. It’s essential for many of your body’s metabolic processes, including the production of vitamin D, testosterone, estrogen, and cortisol, however, levels higher than 199 mg/dL can increase your risk for heart disease, ischemic strokes, and liver disease.
The A1C test—also known as the hemoglobin A1C or HbA1c test—is a simple blood test that measures your average blood sugar levels over the past 3 months. It’s one of the commonly used tests to diagnose prediabetes and diabetes, and is also the main test to help you and your health care team manage your diabetes.
LDL is known as bad cholesterol because too much of it can clog and harden the arteries, which leads to high blood pressure and heart disease. Less than 100mg/dL is an optimal level for most people, though depending on your personal health history, slightly higher or lower levels may be right for you.
Extra calories are converted into a type of fat called triglycerides that get stored in your blood as fuel for later. If you’re sedentary, triglycerides will hang around, usually in the form of belly fat, and put you at risk for heart disease, stroke, and pancreatitis. Balancing your carbs and caloric intake with exercise can help lower your triglycerides.
A measure of the number of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets in the blood, including the different types of white blood cells (neutrophils, lymphocytes, monocytes, basophils, and eosinophils). The amount of hemoglobin (substance in the blood that carries oxygen) and the hematocrit (the amount of whole blood that is made up of red blood cells) are also measured. A CBC with differential is used to help diagnose and monitor many different conditions, including anemia and infection. Also called blood cell count with differential.
Hemoglobin is a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen to the rest of your body after passing through the lungs. Once in your body’s tissues, it gathers up carbon dioxide and returns to the lungs. This test measures how much hemoglobin is present in your blood.
One of many names for the volume percentage of red blood cells in blood. This test obtains the hematocrit measurement, which will vary based on the number and size of red blood cells in the sample.
Uric acid is a chemical created when the body breaks down substances called purines. Purines are normally produced in the body and are also found in some foods and drinks. Foods with high content of purines include liver, anchovies, mackerel, dried beans and peas, and beer.
Most uric acid dissolves in blood and travels to the kidneys. From there, it passes out in the urine. If your body produces too much uric acid or does not remove enough of it, you can get sick. A high level of uric acid in the blood is called hyperuricemia.
This test checks to see how much uric acid you have in your blood. Another test can be used to check the level of uric acid in your urine.
Measures the number of platelets in the blood. Platelets are what helps the blood clot. Used to monitor or diagnose conditions that cause excess bleeding or clotting
Homocysteine is an amino acid that mostly comes from eating meat. High levels of this substance are a risk factor for heart disease, but it can also be associated with kidney (renal) disease. This test will measure your homocysteine levels and contribute to the overall picture of your heart disease risk.
While most people know that low-density lipoprotein (LDL)-C, or bad cholesterol, can cause heart disease, relatively few people know about the risk posed by lipoprotein(a), or Lp(a). Also referred to as “LP little a,” this type of lipoprotein is comprised of an LDL-like particle with a second protein, called apolipoprotein(a), or apo(a), coiled around it. Recent studies indicate that people born with elevated LP(a) may have a two-fold to four-fold increased risk of heart attacks and other serious events compared to people with low Lp(a) levels.
Despite this risk, awareness of Lp(a) is still very low among physicians, especially doctors who don’t specialize in heart disease.
A lipid panel is a common blood test that healthcare providers use to monitor and screen for your risk of cardiovascular disease. The panel includes three measurements of your cholesterol levels and a measurement of your triglycerides.
This test measures the amount of apolipoprotein A in your blood. It helps your healthcare provider figure out your risk for cardiovascular disease. Apolipoprotein A is a protein carried in HDL (“good”) cholesterol. It helps start the process for HDL to remove bad types of cholesterol from your body. In this way, apolipoprotein A can help to lower your risk for cardiovascular disease. Apolipoprotein A levels can be measured. But it’s more common to measure the HDL and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol when looking at cardiovascular risk.
It measures the amount of apolipoprotein B in your blood. Apolipoprotein B attaches to negative types of cholesterol that cause plaque buildup in your blood vessels, which can lead to damage and heart disease.
The high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) test is a blood test that finds lower levels of C-reactive protein (CRP). This protein measures general levels of inflammation in your body. The hs-CRP can be used to find the risk for heart disease and stroke in people who don’t already have heart disease.
Vitamin B12 is an essential nutrient that supports cellular and nerve health and helps the body produce more DNA. You get B12 from your diet by eating animal foods, so vegetarians or those who do not consume a lot of meat, fish, or eggs, may be at risk of a B12 deficiency. Low levels can cause lack of energy and weakness, and even cognitive issues. This test will determine how much B12 is in your blood, and whether you may need to supplement.
The 25-hydroxy vitamin D test is the best way to monitor vitamin D levels. The amount of 25-hydroxyvitamin D in your blood is a good indication of how much vitamin D your body has. The test can determine if your vitamin D levels are too high or too low.
A folic acid test is used to measure the amount of folic acid in your bloodstream. Folic acid is a lab-made form of folate, or vitamin B9. Low folic acid levels can lead to anemia or birth defects in babies. A folic acid test can help determine whether you would benefit from a folic acid supplement.
Ferritin is a blood protein that contains iron. A ferritin test helps your doctor understand how much iron your body stores. If a ferritin test reveals that your blood ferritin level is lower than normal, it indicates your body’s iron stores are low and you have iron deficiency. As a result, you could be anemic
Total iron binding capacity (TIBC) is a blood test to see if you have too much or too little iron in your blood. Iron moves through the blood attached to a protein called transferrin. This test helps your health care provider know how well that protein can carry iron in your blood.
Activating more than 300 enzymatic processes in the body, there’s almost no bodily system that doesn’t rely on magnesium to run properly. Lower levels might be due to malabsorption from gut issues, nutritional deficiencies, or medications such as those that treat heartburn or diuretics.