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What Blood Tests Should I Get?

Discussion in 'Blood Work, Labs' started by Primal2Peat, Dec 13, 2012.

  1. thegiantess

    thegiantess Member

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    Ideal lab levels?

    Wow. You are incredibly helpful. Thanks for including your search method. I think part of the problem is that I am rarely near an actual computer so I am doing most things on my phone. Anyway, thanks again for all your help!
     
  2. Velve921

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    Blood Testing: Which are the right markers for health?

    [moderator edit: topics merged]

    I want to get everyones thoughts on the right markers for health that people have found effective or correlate. This is the list I have compiled so far of tests to consider:

    Albumin
    Alkaline phosphatase
    ALT
    AST
    BUN
    Calcium
    Chloride
    CO2
    Creatinine
    Glucose test
    Potassium test
    Sodium
    Total bilirubin
    Total protein
    Red blood cell count
    Hemoglobin
    Hematocrit
    Red blood cell indices
    Mean Corpusular Hemoglobin
    Red Blood cell distribution
    White blood cell count
    platelet count
    Total Cholesterol
    Triglycerides
    HDL cholesterol
    LDL cholesterol
    Total cholesterol/HDL ratio
    TSH
    Reverse T3
    25(OH) vitamin D
    Prolactin
    Parathyroid
    whole blood serotonin
    lactic acid
    free fatty acids
    histamine
    C-Reactive Protein
    NFKB
    TNF Alpha

    I am confused about the following:

    Free T4
    Free T3

    Are these good markers for measuring thyroid? I have heard controversal information.

    Would love to hear everyones thoughts as I move forward with health tests. Thanks in advance!
     
  3. Velve921

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    Blood Testing: Which are the right markers for health?

    And 1 more:

    NAD/NADH ratio - what is considered a healthy ratio?
     
  4. hmac

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    Blood Testing: Which are the right markers for health?

    Peat's opinion is that total t3 and t4 are the markers worth looking at. He mentions this in one of his articles about thyroid on the website.
    As far as I can remember the NAD/NADH should be several hundred to one.
    Hopefully someone else will chime in with some less ambiguous answers!
     
  5. Velve921

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    Blood Testing: Which are the right markers for health?

    I had a feeling total T3 and T4 was supposed to be more accurate. I found in an article stating ratio should be 200.
     
  6. Lightbringer

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    Blood Testing: Which are the right markers for health?

    That's a great list. Perhaps we could also break this up into an "Essentials" list and a "Good to Have" kind of thing. For example, if one were to do these tests with a limited budget, would Cholesterol and TSH be enough to provide a basic snapshot of health? Then of course comes the much harder task of figuring out what on earth the optimal levels are. This would be useful as a sticky on this forum - all the useful tests and optimal values for the same!

    For ratios, free t3 to rt3 can be useful and sttm mentions a ratio above 20 to be good. They also have a neat calculator:
    http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/rt3-ratio/

    I was searching for optimal values for Prolactin and Cortisol as I thought Danny Roddy had mentioned them somewhere but no luck finding them :?
     
  7. ecstatichamster

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    Blood Testing: Which are the right markers for health?

    I think that the lab tests don't really represent a good way to go about thyroid supplementation. Heart rate and temps in the morning when you wake up, and after eating, are better. And throughout the day.

    My temps were in the 96s. Now they're in the 97s since I've been supplementing thyroid. I've tried a lot of other things but nothing has brought up my metabolism the way this is starting to (supplementing with NDT and T3). And yet my labs said this:

    Free T3 3.3 pg/mL - ref range 2.0-4.4
    Free T4 1.1 ng/dL -ref range 0.82-1.77

    My TSH was 1.9

    By all medical theories I shouldn't be supplementing but I know at the moment I'm hypothyroid by symptoms. I expect that eventually I won't supplement.

    As for the list, I would add for males testosterone
     
  8. Dotdash

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    Blood Testing: Which are the right markers for health?

    If I remember correctly, the prolactin value for men is under under 6 and for women it is under 12.

    I like this list idea.
     
  9. Giraffe

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    There was already a sticky. I have now merged three topics. I also made this part of the FAQ in the forum-wiki. I think it would be a good idea to have this topic to discuss things and ask questions, and have the wiki for a quick overview. You are welcome to enter data into the wiki.
     
  10. Lightbringer

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    Thanks ! I was wondering how the threads were magically merging, moderators working their magic :thumbup:
     
  11. Ukall

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    Just for curiosity, why Testosterone and DHT are not here?
     
  12. ddjd

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    Why no reverse T3. And even peat says total T3 and total T4 is helpful to know. Why doesn't Roddy suggest it
     
  13. AngelWarrior

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    What about liver enzymes ? Should I be worried about their slight elevation ?
     
  14. ddjd

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    As a bare minimum would these tests be sufficient as a general reflection of health;

    Prolactin
    TSH
    C reactive protein
    iron markers
    Cholesterol panel
     
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