We differentiate our practice by focusing on preventative lab testing to help our patients keep their health in top condition. Examples of some preventative tests offered are homocysteine, ferritin, and DNA (Genetic) panels.
Homocysteine is considered an independent risk factor for heart / cardiovascular disease. High levels of these amino acids are associated with low levels of vitamins B6, B12 and Folate (B9). These B vitamins along with other vitamins and minerals can reduce high homocysteine levels. Reducing homocysteine levels alone will not totally decrease a person’s risk for heart disease. Lifestyle choices and other appropriate therapies need to be considered.
Ferritin levels represent the amount of iron a body is storing. When a person is feeling fatigue, exhausted, or low energy the reason could be low iron. The symptoms one feels suggesting high ferritin / iron levels can be similar to inflammatory diseases or pain. Correcting low or high ferritin / iron levels early can really improve one’s overall health.
DNA or genetic testing can minimize a person’s risk by identifying gene mutations that could lead to disease states. Some people wrongly believe, if they have “bad genes” there is nothing they can do about it. The truth is most genes “good” or “bad” can be influenced for a favorable outcome. Having this information can help just about anyone at any age. Usually genetic tests are grouped into panels. The panels are designed to focus on an organ system such as cardiovascular, detoxification and immunity to name a few.