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Laboratory Testing RX Pharmacy

researcher dropper of medicine during pharmaceutical laboratoryHORMONES – 24 HOUR URINE PROFILE

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.

HORMONES – SALIVA

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 – D-SPOT

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.”
Scott

OMEGA 3 – FATTY ACID PROFILE

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.”
Rowan

 

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