Up to one-third of people coming to a primary care clinic complain of fatigue as a major issue. Because this symptom can point to many different things, blood work often provides the answer to why a person feels fatigued. So, at the Lam Clinic, we perform those tests necessary to get the information we need to provide the best care.
Blood work provides important information for understanding how your body functions. Conventional laboratory testing gives us this information. We then interpret it using a functional approach. But if your laboratory results fall within the conventional range, this may not fully indicate whether a dysfunction or imbalance lies at the root of your symptoms.
This is why interpreting blood work from a functional perspective provides a tremendous amount of information that otherwise would not be available.
Blood Work Performed
Laboratory tests at the Lam Clinic include all of the general blood work you’ll find at any clinic. These tests yield information about your overall health. They include tests for:
- CBC and differential to screen for infection, evaluate immune function, and check for anemia.
- Albumin to determine whether you get enough protein in your diet and how well your liver and kidneys work.
- Electrolytes to measure essential minerals that balance your body fluids and pH.
- Glucose to monitor blood sugar and detect signs of pre-diabetes or diabetes.
- Iron/TIBC to measure inflammation generally and detect anemia or malnutrition.
- Ferritin to measure the amount of iron stored in your body.
- BUN, creatinine, uric acid, and GFR to determine kidney function.
- Liver enzymes to measure damage to your liver, function of the liver, and inflammation.
- Advanced lipids to measure triglycerides, total cholesterol, HDL, and LDL, cholesterol particle size and type, and advanced markers of cardiovascular disease.
- High-sensitivity C-reactive protein to measure general levels of inflammation.
- Homocysteine to determine vitamin B levels in the body and a risk factor for heart disease.
- Fasting insulin as a precursor screening tool for diabetes.
- Adiponectin measures one of the earliest markers of insulin resistance and the beginning of prediabetes.
- Fructosamine measures how toxic sugar can affect the body.
- Thyroid Stimulating Hormone to measure overall thyroid function.
- Free and Total Thyroxine (T4) to measure the amount of T4 coming from the thyroid gland and how much is available for use.
- Free and Total Tri-iodothyronine (T3) to measure active T3 hormone available to your cells.
- Reverse T3 to measure how metabolically active your thyroid wants to be.
- Thyroid Peroxidase and Thyroglobulin antibodies to measure the presence of an autoimmune thyroid condition.
- Reproductive Hormone Testing for estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, and pregnenolone.
- Morning cortisol levels to evaluate adrenal function in the morning.
- Intracellular vitamin and mineral testing to determine levels available in your cells.
- Vitamin D to measure the deficiency of this vitamin.
- Vitamin B-12 to detect any deficiency of this vitamin in your body.
- Folate to measure the levels of Vitamin B9 or folic acid.
Additional Blood Work Available
- ANA and other autoimmune markers to detect autoimmune disorders.
- Food Sensitivity Testing to help determine foods that you might be sensitive to.
- Fibrinogen to measure this protein that is involved in blood clotting.
- Lyme Testing to measure the presence of this disease.
- Candida Antibodies to measure the presence of yeast antibodies in the serum.
- Heavy Metals in the blood that might be toxic.
- Genetic Testing to determine any SNP mutations in your genetic profile that can determine your sensitivities and risks for certain diseases.