Measurements are made on a small portion of all the urine collected over a 24 hour period. Twenty-four hour collection smoothes out the fluctuations in hormone production and gives a good indicator of average daily production. Hormones are secreted in bursts or pulses and a single blood draw or saliva collection may not provide a representative sample. Urinary hormone levels reflect the body’s total output of a given hormone and a wide range of hormones
can be tested. The 24-hour Urine Profile gives a view into hormone metabolism. This allows us to assess a number of risk factors for breast and prostate cancer, osteoporosis, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome, and take a look at how the body is processing the hormones.
An assessment of your hormone levels can be made from sampling your saliva. Saliva testing measures the levels of hormones circulating in the bloodstream that remain free from serum-binding proteins, and can therefore be used by the cells. This form of hormone testing is believed by many practitioners to provide a more accurate measurement on which to base a balancing regimen and symptom control.
Vitamin D is measured as 25-hydroxyvitamin D, the standard serum test for Vitamin D, in a convenient dried blood spot test you can collect at home. Therefore, you do not need a requisition from your doctor and saves you a trip to the lab. Check your Vitamin D levels to see if you are in the optimal range. Test at the end of March or April, when Vitamin D levels are typically at their lowest or at the end of August or September, when Vitamin D levels are usually at their peak.
“The D-spot test is quick and easy to use, no waiting to see a doctor and get blood work requisition – which you have to pay for now anyway. Just complete the test and mail it. The instructions are straight forward and the results that come back a couple of weeks later are easy to understand. My first test showed deficient level of vitamin D. Increased the daily dose for 4 months and then retested. D level is now in the optimal range. Quick and easy. I will be using the test to periodically monitor my level so that I know it is staying in the optimal range.”
The Fatty Acid Profile dried blood spot test quantifies the fatty acid content of red blood cells. The Fatty Acid Profile measures a wide array of omega-3 fatty acids, omega-6 fatty acids, mono-unsaturated fatty acids, trans fatty acids and saturated fatty acid levels and reports them as a percentage of total fatty acids. The Omega-3 Whole Blood Score is also reported, which estimates risk for sudden cardiac death; the Omega-3 Index, which is used as a predictor of cardiovascular disease, and the Arachidonic Acid (AA) to Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) ratio as a marker of inflammation. Published data supports omega-3 fatty acid level as a modifiable risk factor for primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease.
“I had an Omega 3 Fatty Acid Profile test. It was a simple and easy to do take home kit. All it required was a few drops of blood from a finger poke. The report provided information on Omega-3 Index and Omega-3 score to assess for heart disease risk. It also helped me to understand if I was taking in enough Omega 3 to reduce my risk of inflammation. From the test results, I was able to determine I was lacking certain Omega fatty acids that were contributing to a health condition. I was able to correct these deficiencies and am on the road to better health. I would recommend this test to anyone with any sort of inflammatory condition.”
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