First, go to our Who Should be Tested page and select the conditions or Baseline Risk factors that you know you already have. Then select one of  three tables from below based on your gender, and if your a female, your menopausal status. The total of your FeGGT LifePro™ blood test Risk Score when added to your Baseline Risk Score will be between zero (0) and a theoretical maximum of 35 Total Risk Score Points. Individuals over the age of 70 can reduce their FeGGT LifePro™ blood test and therefore their total Risk Scores by 1 point; and those over the age of 75 by 2 points.
High, Very High and above blood test scores among those in mid-life and younger predict relatively worse outcomes when compared to age-matched peers having comparable Baseline Risk Scores. For individuals with relatively high GGT, well-tolerated dietary modifications including replacing some or all foods like red and processed meats and most "fast foods" with a diet based on, or including, regular consumption of ample portions of nutrient dense, whole foods containing natural antioxidants and other protective nutrients or food constituents. Individuals with FeGGT LifePro™ GGT scores of 5 or above, combined with one iron score of 3 or above (either SF or TS) should add 2 risk points to their score. Importantly, those with the overall highest risk scores can expect to achieve the greatest improvement in risk scores by adhering to a healthy diet regimen, and when indicated, reducing their iron levels. Conversely, the scientific literature demonstrates that those with blood test Risk Scores of zero (0) will not be able achieve a degree of risk reduction commensurate with what can be achieved by higher-risk individuals. Another similar bar graph from a large study done in Italy demonstrates results consistent with the above graphs. Figure 1 from study #13 on our IRON-Cancer page appears directly below (with minor labeling adaptations).
Figure 1—Age-adjusted ORs (95% CI) for the 6-year incidence of the IDF-defined metabolic syndrome according to high ferritin and transferrin levels (both above the upper tertiles) (A), lower ferritin and high transferrin levels (B), high ferritin and lower transferrin levels (C), and lower ferritin and lower transferrin levels (D).
Figure 1—Standardized ORs for the 3-year incidence of hyperglycemia (IFG or type 2 diabetes) according to baseline iron biomarkers and CRP (independent variables) after adjustment for baseline age, BMI, WHR, and glucose and insulin concentrations in the DESIR study. Figure 1 Serum ferritin levels in male (white boxes) and female (grey boxes) individuals discriminated according to the presence or absence of defining criteria of the insulin resistance syndrome (A–F). One up-front warning: Do not let your doctor tell you that these are common symptoms for "men your age," that you just need more sleep or exercise, that only women get thyroid problems, and don't just accept a prescription for an antidepressant. Many conventional physicians will only want to run one test, called the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone - or TSH - test. Your second challenge: The TSH test is not infallible, and it can miss situations where the actual levels of thyroid hormone are not sufficient.
The fourth - and perhaps biggest challenge: Your doctor, insurance company, or HMO may refuse to do anything other than the TSH test. Let's say that you've found a doctor who has run thyroid tests, and your TSH is elevated, or Free T4 and Free T3 are lower than the optimal range. Again, there's a difference in the way conventional doctors approach this, versus integrative or holistic practitioners.
In my practice, I've found that many hypothyroid men benefit from the addition of the second thyroid hormone, T3. Again, your challenge in treatment may be that your doctor refuses to prescribe a T3 drug, or NDT, or your insurance company or HMO refuses to cover it. Periodically, after you start treatment, you'll need a TSH, Free T4 and Free T3 test to monitor your progress. The following graphic can be a help in understanding the "optimal" targets, versus the normal reference range, for these tests. There are cases where even optimal thyroid treatment -- the right drugs, and the right blood test levels -- may not offer sufficient relief of your symptoms. If you continue to struggle with fatigue, low sex drive or loss of muscle tone, I typically check testosterone DHEA-Sulfate (DHEA-S) and estradio, at minimum.
If you can't lose weight, that's when I'll check your fasting glucose, fasting insulin, leptin and Hemoglobin A1C levels to start. If you have low tolerance for exercise -- for example, a few hours of weekend warrioring leave you flat on the couch for hours -- or you are having unusual sleep patterns like middle of the night waking, early waking, or waking up exhausted even after a good night's sleep, I also check adrenal function. Speaking of stress, one of the things I recommend to all my hypothyroid patients is some sort of daily stress management practice. For further details on how I handle thyroid and hormone imbalances, I recommend you read this Q&A interview thyroid advocate Mary Shomon conducted with me. In the end, there's no reason that you should suffer with undiagnosed or poorly treated hypothyroidism.
David Borenstein, MD is the founder of Manhattan Integrative Medicine, an integrative medical practice in New York City, specializing in hormone balance, pain management, and holistic health.
The real story is that the number, size, and density of cholesterol particles in your blood (LDL-P and HDL-P) are far better predictors of heart disease risk. The best way to measure your heart disease risk through LDL cholesterol is to measure the number of LDL particles in your blood, or LDL-P, which you never get checked unless you have a fancy test called a lipid nuclear magnetic resonance test – or NMR test for short.
You can look at particle size.  As a general rule (this is NOT always the case, however), the larger the LDL particles, for a given LDL-C, the fewer the particles (which is what we want). Below is graph of my overall change in changes in HDL-C, LDL-C, and TG, along with the ratio of my TG to HDL-C, based on the “standard” cholesterol panel. As I stated above, a better marker of risk with respect to LDL is particle number, LDL-P – the fewer particles, the better; and you can estimate this by measuring particle size, or through concentration of ApoB. Unfortunately, I only started doing regular VAP testing about a year ago, over one year into my “experiment” of progressive carbohydrate restriction.  Hence, I can’t show my progress as longitudinally with VAP as I can with standard cholesterol testing.
Below is figure showing the change in my VAP panel over a seven month period, between January and July 2011.
Keep in mind how my diet changed between January and July – I reduced carbohydrate intake from approximately 150 grams per day of “good” carbs to less than 50 grams per day.  I also increased, dramatically, my intake of fat, including saturated fats.
Despite the amount of time I’ve expended on explaining all of these nuances of “cholesterol” numbers, I am not entirely convinced that I am healthier today because my cholesterol numbers are better.  I wonder if I’m healthier today because of something else, and that whatever else is making me healthier is also correcting my cholesterol problem? If I had to guess what is really making me healthier today, besides being less fat, I believe it is the combination of how sensitive I’ve become to insulin and how much less inflammation I have in my body, especially in and around my arteries.
As I mentioned above, findings #1, 2, and 4 are almost universal in folks who abandon carbohydrates, while finding #3 is somewhat variable. Which of these is most important?  This is an obvious and important question, but one I don’t really know the answer to (nor does anyone else, for that matter).  If I had to guess, I believe observation #4 is the most important because insulin resistance is the underpinning of metabolic syndrome.
People have said things to me like, “Well it’s great that you’ve reduced your risk of all diseases associated with metabolic syndrome, but wouldn’t it be funny if you got hit by a car tomorrow!”  All kidding aside, this misses the point. Hematocrit is a part of the total volume of the blood of the body that composes the red blood cells.


A medical technician is the one who will be conducting the hematocrit test personally when you have made such request to take some blood sample out of your body. There are normal Hematocrit levels accepted depending on the age of the individual and their gender as well.  Note that the standard range varies among laboratories. High hematocrit, on the other hand is common amongst individuals living in high altitudes and chronic smokers. Typically there are four kidney bean shaped parathyroid glands – two located on each side of the neck, just next to the thyroid gland. The parathyroid glands are responsible for maintaining your blood calcium levels within a strict range. Occasionally one, two, or all of the parathyroid glands will become hyperfunctional and produce too much parathyroid hormone (PTH). Parathyroidectomy refers to the surgical removal of one, two or almost all of the parathyroid glands to bring the parathyroid hormone level and calcium level back down to normal levels.
Hi, occasionally I get a skipped beat followed by head and neck pressure and a flushed face, sometimes the pressure lasts all day or a couple hours after, I also have pots and blood pooling when i stand up.
POTS is a condition in which a change from supine to an upright position causes an abnormally large increase in heart rate, called tachycardia. This also means POTS is often only diagnosed as other conditions get eliminated from consideration. CAPTCHAThis question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions. I don't know if it's still high or not, but I just figured I'd share that it's happened to me. I have an elevated count as well, it was elevated before hand though due to Lyme, now it's a little higher from pregnancy.
I then saw my hemotologist today and also needed to do another pee test in addition to my routine blood draw. Then add the red Risk Points (all equal to 1Risk Point) to arrive at your total Baseline Risk Score.
Nuts, whole grain breads, fruits and vegetables, legumes (including peanut butter), coffee, chocolate and cocoa rank among the best of healthy food choice (see our GGT & Healthy Foods and More Healthy Foods Science Library pages). As indicated by the scientific literature on this web site and elsewhere, following these important guidelines can improve both future blood test results and several Baseline Risk Factors in the process. We believe after doing so most people will be able to envision the bases upon which our risk algorithms are constructed. The bar graft below can be viewed in the Free full text article #12 available on our GGT-Diabetes page. This was a population of male construction workers who were reported to experience a significantly higher premature mortality rate than age-matched, white-collar workers in Germany. 2 Meta-analysis of prospective studies of risk of any cancer (transferrin saturation ?60% vs. High and low levels were defined according to the three groups: men, premenopausal women, and postmenopausal women (DESIR). Geometric mean values of serum ferritin are shown for premenopausal women (black bar), postmenopausal women (white bar), and men (gray bar). 1 Odds ratios and 95% CIs for the association of clinically raised ferritin (group 5) vs ferritin in the normal range (groups 1–4) with incident diabetes in men and women, with adjustment for factors as stated (described in methods).
Women, after all, are at least eight times more likely than men to develop thyroid problems. As an integrative physician, I treat men all the time who have been struggling with a host of symptoms that end up being diagnosed as hypothyroidism.
Some of you may find you aren't gaining weight, but are losing muscle, as well as muscle strength. Time to push back, and insist on a more comprehensive thyroid panel, including Free T4, Free T3, Reverse T3, and Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies (TPO), at minimum. So make sure your doctor runs the Free T4 and Free T3 levels, and gives you not only the results, but the reference ranges. As I mentioned, elevated antibodies are indicative of Hashimoto's disease, and you can have symptoms long before the other blood tests show abnormalities. I've found that the TSH test alone is not enough to rule out hypothyroidism or Hashimoto's disease.
This can be in the form of a synthetic T3 drug called liothyronine (brand name Cytomel), or a specially compounded, time-released T3 that I prescribe. Again, you'll find that integrative and holistic MDs typically follow the approach that the best thyroid drug for you is the one that safely works best for you.
There are supplements, medications, and a number of important dietary changes that can help support your digestive health, and get these levels back on track, and also help prevent insulin resistance or even Type 2 diabetes. If levels of your adrenal hormone cortisol are not balanced, and you are deficient in DHEA, there are supplements, treatments and dietary changes that can help get the body's stress hormones back in balance. While your Type A personality may get you ahead in the workplace, it can wreak havoc on your health and hormones, so at least carve out some time each day to take it down a few notches.
Get in to see your doctor, explain the situation, and be sure to do your best to get the tests and treatments you need. Well, there are two: what can I actually measure that predicts my risk of heart disease, and how does diet affect these these things I can measure? Basically it’s a test to measure how much insulin a person needs to keep their glucose level constant, despite the addition of glucose.  The less insulin one requires, the more insulin sensitive one is. A  Complete Blood Count Test is conducted in order to determine if you either have low hematocrit or high hematocrit.
The blood is then placed inside a small cylinder container and then placed on a centrifuge that spins it quickly. The amount of red blood cells in the body compared to the total blood cells will aid your doctor in completing his diagnosis of an illness. It causes the body dehydration although this disappears when one has proper intake of fluids in their body. They produce parathyroid hormone, which acts to raise your blood calcium levels by both absorbing more calcium from your kidneys and gut, and by causing your bones to break down and release some of their calcium stores. This can lead to an abnormal state called primary hyperparathyroidism and can cause problems with early osteoporosis and lead to weakened bones, or cause kidney stones. Orthostatic symptoms (drop in blood pressure & excessive heart increase when changing position from supine to upright) are usually the most debilitating aspect of POTS , and for this reason the blood pressure and heart rate response to upright posture should be the starting point of any evaluation.


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Has anyone had elevated WBC counts while pregnant, and with no out-of-the-ordinary symptoms felt? I had bulging membranes at 19 weeks so I get checked frequently for infection through blood. I'll just hope nothing happens :)I had insane cramping twice (apparently this was sort of considered as contractions) around my 20th and 21st week mark. High iron and  GGT combine synergistically to cause cell, tissue, DNA and organ damage. The bar graft below can be viewed in the Free full text article #13 available on our GGT-Diabetes page. This results in part by the release of iron from transferrin, a pro-oxidant capacity of elevated GGT that is described in several articles in our libraries. Based on 8,763 individuals from the Copenhagen City Heart Study followed for 15 years, during which time 1,417 developed cancer. OR and 95% confidence interval (CI) for type 2 diabetes according to joint classification of metabolic syndrome (MetS) and ferritin concentrations. This explains why so much of the information, advocacy, websites, and research are focused on thyroid problems in women, versus men. This panel will tell you the pituitary's response to your thyroid (the TSH test), the circulating levels of actual thyroid hormone (Free T4 and Free T3), whether you are producing an ineffective form of thyroid hormone (Reverse T3), and whether you have antibodies that suggest you have Hashimoto's disease. What I like to see is a Free T4 in the top half of the reference range, and a Free T3 at least at the midpoint of the reference range, if not higher.
And the good news is that treating people with Hashimoto's who have otherwise optimal thyroid blood tests may even prevent you from becoming overtly hypothyroid, and lower the antibodies. You can push back with your physician, submit a complaint to your insurance company, or contact the ombudsman at your HMO to argue for the additional tests. And even if you have to pay out of pocket, generic liothyronine and natural desiccated thyroid drugs are generally quite inexpensive.
In some cases, supplementing with DHEA, or a low dose of prescription testosterone, can get your energy and mojo back.
Typically, something like tai chi, yoga, meditation, breathing, or even an absorbing handicrafting hobby like woodworking, or relaxing gardening can help lower your heart rate, blood pressure, and stress hormones, and enhance your immune system.
And if your doctor is not cooperative, that's your sign that it's time to find someone who will work with you to ensure your optimal health!
The motion done to the blood is a process that separates it into 3 parts such as the plasma or the fluid component, red blood cells and the other cells. This is also helpful in determining the proper medications that will respond perfectly with your body. Some conditions that yield high hematocrit are certain tumors, lung disease or polycythemia rubra vera and the abuse of erythropoietin drug which is used by athletes for the purpose of blood tampering. Most people however are asymptomatic and the condition is just detected on a routine lab test. I saw my OB on Monday this week and she had me do another urinalysis in addition to the routine one every check up to check for UTIs because I told her about this. The damage process can remain virtually invisible until the onset of serious chronic disease or acute condition leading to early mortality. The reference groups varied slightly across studies (?30% to <60%) (see Supplementary Table S3). The line through the box is the median, and the error bars are the 5th and 95th percentiles. The ORs were adjusted for age, sex, region, residence, BMI, smoking, drinking, physical activity, education levels, dietary factors, and family histories of diabetes. Hashimoto's is an autoimmune disease -- think of it as the immune system shooting friendly fire against your own thyroid gland -- that is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the U.S. But if all you hear is "your thyroid tests were normal" - without knowing the actual number - you won't know that your TSH above 2.0 may be indicative of low-level hypothyroidism. But to be honest, if you are meeting with strong resistance, your best option may be not to waste time, and instead, pay out-of-pocket to see a doctor who is already well-versed in diagnosing and managing thyroid and autoimmune issues. For my patients, I check ferritin (stored) iron levels, and if they are not in the top 25th percentile of the reference range, I recommend supplemental iron. The function of the red blood cells, or better known as erythrocytes, is they carry oxygen throughout the entire body. When the separation is completed, the medical technician will be able to identify the proportion of red blood cells with respect to the blood volume. Another reason is the abnormal levels of white blood cells which usually occupy a small portion of the blood.  This condition may be caused by certain infections, lymphoma, leukemia or other diseases linked to white blood cells.
POTS is sometimes misdiagnosed because of the wide array of symptoms that accompany this syndrome. Fortunately, these conditions can be corrected when a combined strategy of iron reduction and healthy diet planing is followed. Horizontal lines indicate confidence intervals, and filled circles show the risk estimates.
Significance levels were determined by the Mann–Whitney U-test and are indicated in the figure.
During the subsequent 22-years, individuals having baseline TS% above 55% experienced a 60% greater rate of premature mortality.
Instead, consider a holistic or integrative physician.) In many states, you can also at least start out by getting the tests done yourself. I also frequently check testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is a metabolite of testosterone. Entities such as thyroid disease, pheochromocytoma, hypoadrenalism, cardiac disease, autonomic neuropathies, medication side effects and anxiety disorders need to be ruled out before a patient is labeled with POTS. High DHT can contribute to hair loss, and there are supplements and treatments to block the testosterone-DHT conversion process.



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