The benefits of regular testing screenings include:
• Reduce your risk of getting sick
• Detect potentially life-threatening health conditions or diseases early
• Increase chances for treatment and cure
• Limit the risk of complications by closely monitoring existing conditions
• Increase lifespan and improve health
• Reduce healthcare costs over time by avoiding costly medical services
• Take control of your health by regularly testing basic functions.
Complete Blood Count (CBC)
A complete blood count test measures several components and features of your blood. Measuring changes in your blood cell levels can help your doctor evaluate your overall health and detect disorders.
• Red blood cells, which carry oxygen
• White blood cells, which fight infection
• Hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying protein in red blood cells
• Hematocrit, the proportion of red blood cells to the fluid component, or plasma, in your blood.
• Platelets, which help with blood clotting
Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP)
A comprehensive metabolic panel is a blood test that measures a total of 14 markers including your sugar (glucose) level, electrolyte and fluid balance, kidney function, and liver function.
• Glucose is a type of sugar your body uses for energy.
• Electrolytes keep your body’s fluids in balance. They also help keep your body working normally, including your heart rhythm, muscle contraction, and brain function.
• The kidneys help keep the right balance of water, salts, and minerals in the blood. They also filter out waste and other unneeded substances from the blood.
• The liver helps with digestion and produces some vitamins and other substances that the body needs. It also controls the amounts of glucose, protein, and fat in the blood and releases substances that keep your immune system healthy.
The Thyroid Panel is a group of blood tests that helps evaluate thyroid gland function This group of tests measures the number of thyroid hormones in the blood. Thyroid hormones are chemical substances that are important to regulating metabolism, or how the body uses energy.
The thyroid impacts many vital body functions, including breathing, heart rate, body weight, body temperature, and more. According to the American Thyroid Association, more than 12% of the U.S. population will develop a thyroid condition in their lifetime. Thyroid problems can be uncomfortable and affect various organ systems, but many can be managed with proper diagnosis and treatment. Thyroid testing can determine if your thyroid is overactive or underactive.
A lipid panel is a test that measures fats and fatty substances used as a source of energy in the body. The panel measures:
• Total cholesterol level: Knowing cholesterol levels is an essential part of understanding the risk of heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends that everyone over age 20 get a cholesterol test. Cholesterol is a form of fat that is not all bad but it can have harmful effects.
• Triglyceride level: High triglycerides (over 150 mg/dL) also increase the risk of heart disease.
• HDL cholesterol level: This is the “good” cholesterol so the more there is, the better. An HDL result of 60 mg/dL or higher is good as it protects against heart disease.
• LDL cholesterol level: This is the “bad” cholesterol, which can deposit in blood vessel walls. Over years, LDL cholesterol and other substances clog arteries in the process called atherosclerosis. Arteries in the heart narrowed by atherosclerosis can then develop sudden blood clots, causing heart attacks. For LDL, lower is better. An LDL of less than 100 mg/dL is optimal.
Vitamin D (D2, D3)
Over a billion people worldwide are vitamin D deficient or insufficient. About 42% of the US population is vitamin D deficient with some populations having even higher levels of deficiency, including premenopausal women, those with poor nutrition habits, people over age 65, Caucasians who avoid even minimal sun exposure, and those who take prescription medication long term for heartburn, acid reflux, and constipation. Studies show people with darker skin, such as African Americans and Latinos, are also at risk for lower vitamin D levels because high amounts of melanin in the skin reduce the body’s ability to produce vitamin D from sunlight. In addition, certain chronic conditions—such as celiac disease, bariatric surgery, obesity, and chronic kidney or liver disease—can contribute to a deficiency.
Vitamin D is vital for strong bones. It also has important, emerging roles in immune function and cancer prevention. The latest research links vitamin D deficiency to mood swings, depression, lack of energy, chronic skin conditions, and other chronic diseases.
Deficiencies at any stage of life can have consequences. Similarly, vitamin D toxicity resulting from overmedication can cause serious hypercalcemia. Vitamin D consists of two bioequivalent forms:
• Vitamin D2: obtained from vegetable sources (dietary sources, supplements)
• Vitamin D3: derived from both endogenous (synthesized from cholesterol through sun exposure) and exogenous (animal diet) sources
Exposure to sunshine each day helps the human body to manufacture the required amount of vitamin D. However, due to fear of developing skin cancer most people avoid sun exposure. To prevent vitamin D deficiency, one should spend 15 to 20 minutes daily in the sunshine with 40% of the skin surface exposed.
This is a simple blood test that measures your average blood sugar levels over the past 3 months. It’s one of the commonly used tests to diagnose prediabetes and diabetes.
How often should I take the test?
It is recommended to do a wellness panel and do a check-up with your Primary Care Physician (PCP) at least once per year. Ideally, doing blood work and following up when there are any abnormalities on the results every 3 to 6 months is the best way to stay on top of your health.
How do I prepare for the test?
You will need to fast for 10-12 hours prior to your test, meaning you will have to eat early dinner the day prior to your test, and avoid any food intake after that. You are able to drink water during your fasting.
What can I expect the day of the test?
A member of our medical team will take a sample of blood by inserting a needle into a vein in your arm, usually at the bend in your elbow. The blood sample will be sent to one of our partner labs for analysis. You will be able to return to your usual activities immediately.
When can I expect my results?
Your results will be ready in 48 to 72 hours. The results will be sent to you via an encrypted email.