Top Ten Blood Tests

Top Ten Blood Tests
  • 08:11 pm,
  • November 04, 2017

 

Ever wonder what the top 10 blood tests are for your health is?

 

New Century Labs receives countless emails from folks asking what they need to do to be more proactive and stay healthy.

Our first answer to this question is not diet, not exercise, its get to know the real “you” first from inside out. 70-80% of all clinical decisions are based off of 1 single drop of blood, and disease happens before you get a symptom. Our answer is get your blood tested first then you can come up with an action plan after you have spoken to your doctor.

New Century Labs has come up with what we call our top 10 blood tests that goes far beyond your annual wellness visit. Not to say your annual visit isn’t significant, we know that these annual visits are constricted by your health insurance provider, they pick what they are willing to pay for, which excludes searching for important disease markers. Excluding disease markers can ultimately lead to death.

There are over 8,500 blood tests and out of this amount insurance providers won’t pay for some of the most important ones. Lucky for you, New Century Labs has you covered with access and pricing from 80-90% off on demand, on your terms.

So you want to live longer, fight cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and have optimal hormone balance, and how about optimal sex hormones, zero mental depression, and various other abnormalities? It starts with just 1 drop of blood, so here we go.



1. Compressive Metabolic Panel (CMP) $14.00 

Complete Blood Count (CBC) $15.00 

 
Both CBC and CMP panel are going to be your most basic tests, yet highly correlated to disease progression, and prevention—giving your physician a snap shot of your general wellness. For example the CBC blood test measures the quality of your overall blood health, looking at Red Blood Cells, White Blood Cells, Platelet count and other hematological abnormalities.
The CMP Panel provides blood glucose, which is important for screening out diabetes risk. In addition you’ll find an assessment of critical values such as calcium, potassium, and Iron, all of which checks for electrolyte balance.
 
 
 2. Fibrinogen $37.00
This is really important to blood clotting, for example increased fibrinogen levels can increase tissue inflammation. If you look at heart disease in general it starts with inflammation of the tissue, which can help predict the risk of heart disease and stroke. High levels of Fibrinogen are also associated with other inflammatory issues like Rheumatoid Arthritis and Glomerulonephritis (inflammation of the Kidney.)
 
3. Hemoglobin A1C $23.00
Circling back to diabetes risk and checking glucose levels to assess potential diabetes, the Hemoglobin A1C test is an assessment of the average glucose levels for the last two to three months, also predicting heart disease and other metabolic syndromes.
If you keep your A1C levels down, you decrease the risk of getting other disease. The amount of diabetes has significantly increased over the past decade where over 90M Americans are pre diabetic and don’t even know it. This test  will give you a definitive answer to the bigger picture. Patients who actively get their A1c and glucose levels checked are at better odds of combating risky blood sugar levels, as conscientious awareness can help design a healthy game plan and a healthier lifestyle.
 
 
4. DHEA $55.00
Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands is related to the sex hormones estrogen and testosterone. DHEA blood levels tent to peak in your 20’s and decline from there with age, about 20-30%. Want to know what’s also considered the anti-aging hormone? You guessed it, DHEA!  If you have libido issues, and mood problems DHEA blood test is significantly important to do.
However elevated DHEA may indicate adrenal hyperplasia, which is a group of various disorders that result from adrenal glands to produce glucocorticoids. Optimal DHEA levels can also help prevent diabetes, cancer, heart disease and depression.
 
  
5. Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) (For Males Only) $26.00
 
Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) is a protein produced by the prostate gland in men. When you produce elevated levels, this could indicate various health concerns such as enlarged prostate, prostate inflammation, and Cancer. Studies suggest that eating a very healthy diet can significantly reduce and protect you from high PSA levels.
 
  
6. Homocysteine $30.00
 
 
Homocysteine is an Amino Acid created in the body. High Homocysteine levels have been associated with an increased risk to heart attacks, bone problems, and poor cognitive function.
  
 
7. C-Reactive Protein $24.00
 
Higher than normal C-Reactive Protein has been discovered as high inflammation in the body which can lead to life-threatening diseases, such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, macular degeneration, and over- all cognitive decline. When you measure your bodies inflammation levels through this blood test you can actually reduce this inflammation by proper diet and exercise—knowing is half the battel. The high sensitive CRP (HS-CRP) can detect inflammation in arterial walls, giving a closer look as to heart disease. It is common to combining a Lipid panel with this test to add more conformation.
 
8. Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) $34.00
 
TSH is secreted by the Pituitary Gland. TSH controls thyroid hormone secretion in the thyroid. When your TSH levels go down this indicates hyperthyroidism activity, also known as thyrotoxicosis. When values are above normal this indicates low thyroid activity. Having optimal TSH levels can mean a better mood, more energy, and optimal weight.
 
9. Testosterone Male $30.00 Female $33.00
 
Testosterone is produced, drum roll, in the male testes and in the ovaries in women, also in the adrenal glands in both men and women. If you are male or female taking a testosterone blood test is clinically significant. Testosterone plays many roles in the body for men and women, libido, muscle mass, fertility n women, obesity, heart function, and mood. As men age naturally testosterone levels will decline, approximately 55-65% by age 75. In addition low testosterones levels have pointed to increased risk of heart attacks in men.
 
10. Estradiol $31.00
 
Estradiol is primarily circulating from the estrogen in both men and women, is is an indicator of hypothalamic and pituitary function. Although men produce much smaller estradiol than women; in addition, most estradiol is produced from testosterone and adrenal steroid hormones, and a fraction is produced directly by the testes. In women, estradiol is produced in the ovaries, adrenal glands, and peripheral tissues. Levels of estradiol vary throughout the menstrual cycle, and drop to low but constant levels after menopause.
In women, blood estradiol levels help to evaluate menopausal status and sexual maturity. Increased levels in women may indicate an increased risk for breast or endometrial cancer. Estradiol plays a role in supporting healthy bone density in men and women. Low levels are associated with an increased risk of osteoporosis and bone fracture in men and women as well. Elevated levels of estradiol in men may accompany gynecomastia (breast enlargement), diminished sex drive, and difficulty with urination.
Women: Diminished levels of estradiol correlate with low levels of bone mineral density, which is a strong risk factor for osteoporosis. Optimizing estradiol levels in early menopausal women has been associated with relief from hot flashes, irritability, and insomnia.
Men: In older men, low levels of estradiol have been linked with an increased risk of vertebral fractures, conversely, estradiol levels are found to be positively associated with bone mineral density, suggesting an association between low serum levels and the development of osteoporosis. 
Optimal estradiol levels may support healthy bone density, cardiovascular health, and well-being.

In Summary

You are ultimately in control of your health decisions, not your close circle, and not your Doctor. It is you who will decide which direction you want to take your health. In our modern era of abundant access and lower cost, we welcome you to take control of your health today and be a Proactive Warrior, fighting for a better you.
Blood testing is seriously a powerful tool to unlock data about your current health condition, combating unwanted disease and ultimately sudden death.
Many diseases are treatable if caught early and can help aid your doctor with a much more powerful clinical decision.

Let’s thrive!