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January 17, 2024

Understanding Your Health: The Comprehensive Lab Work at The Lanby

Why quarterly bloodwork is optimal for preventative health.

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At The Lanby, we're committed to making getting well walking with you every step of the way on your health journey. Regular lab work isn't just a checkup; it's a dialogue with your body. Understanding how your internal health is changing allows us to adjust your personalized health plan and keep you on the path to vitality and longevity.

The Importance of Comprehensive Lab Work

Comprehensive lab work is the cornerstone of preventive health. It provides a detailed picture of your current health and can catch early signs of diseases and deficiencies. At The Lanby, our expanded panels give us a nuanced view of your cardiovascular, metabolic, hormonal, and nutritional health. This data-driven approach allows us to identify issues before they become problems and tailor a health strategy just for you. They also help us measure your progress to assess the efficacy of the lifestyle changes you may be pursuing. This is why we recommend getting your levels checked more than once a year. At The Lanby, we recommend a quarterly cadence of bloodwork to hone in on which lifestyle factors are most crucial to support your body’s specific composition long-term. 

The Typical Provider's Panel

Let's start by understanding what most healthcare providers look at when doing blood work:

  • CBC (Complete Blood Count): Evaluates your overall health and detects a variety of disorders, including anemia, infection, and leukemia.
  • CMP (Comprehensive Metabolic Panel): Checks for blood sugar levels, liver and kidney function, and electrolyte balance.
  • TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone): Assesses thyroid function for disorders.
  • Basic Lipid Panel: Measures cholesterol and triglycerides, important markers for heart disease risk.
  • A1c: Monitors average blood sugar over the past 3 months, essential for diabetes management.

While these tests are important, they barely scratch the surface of what's happening in your body.

Going the Extra Mile with Lanby’s Comprehensive Panel:

At The Lanby, we believe in a more robust approach. Here are some additional tests we include and why they're important:

Cardiovascular Health:

  • Lipid Panel: Includes LDL (bad cholesterol), HDL (good cholesterol), and triglycerides.
  • Advanced lipid panel, as appropriate
  • Apo B: A marker of the number of atherogenic lipoproteins, which are responsible for depositing cholesterol in blood vessel walls
  • NMR profile: examining size and shape of the lipid particles
  • LipoA: genetic marker for CV disease
  • Lp-PLA: intermediate marker assessing vascular inflammation.
  • Homocysteine (Hcy): High levels are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events. BV inflammation
  • C-reactive protein (CRP): A marker of inflammation, which is associated with an increased risk of heart disease.

Metabolic Health:

  • A1c: Indicates your sugar control over the last three months and helps in diagnosing and monitoring diabetes.
  • AST and ALT: Liver enzymes that when elevated can indicate liver inflammation or damage.
  • Uric Acid: High levels can lead to gout or kidney stones. Also seen as longevity marker (Dr. Perlmutter) - puts at increased risk for certain metabolic conditions
  • CMP: Assesses glucose levels, kidney and liver health, and electrolyte and fluid balance.

Hormonal Health:

  • Testosterone, Free Testosterone, and Estradiol: Important for sexual and reproductive health, bone health, mood, and energy.
  • Thyroid panel: Including TSH, T4, TPO, Free T3, Thyroglobulin antibody for a comprehensive view of thyroid health.

Nutrient Health:

  • Vitamins D, B12, Folate: Crucial for bone health, energy levels, and overall well being.
  • Iron Panel: Including TIBC, Iron Saturation, Ferritin to assess for anemia or iron overload.
  • CBC: Can indicate nutritional statuses such as anemia or vitamin deficiencies.

Interpreting the Results

Our Care Team doesn't just hand you a list of numbers; we interpret what each lab means for your unique health profile and take the time to explain them to you. We look at cardiovascular, metabolic, hormonal, and nutritional health indicators to assess your risk for diseases and pinpoint areas for improvement so you can take the guesswork out of getting well. 

Integrative Treatments Tailored for You

Based on your comprehensive lab results, we design your Personalized Care Plan. This may includes:

  • Medical interventions: Such as medications for hormonal therapies.
  • VIP referrals: If needed, we will find referrals in your network and area and assist you in booking your appointments. 
  • Nutritional counseling: Tailored dietary and supplemental recommendations to address deficiencies and promote overall health.
  • Physical fitness programs: Custom exercise program recommendations to fit your body's needs.
  • Lifestyle adjustments: Your Care Team will make changes and recommendations to improve your stress management, sleep hygiene, hormones, and more.

Your Health Your Way With The Lanby

Regular lab work isn't just a checkup, it allows you to understand how your internal health is changing. At The Lanby, we're dedicated to providing you with the deepest insights and most personalized care. Ready to take the first step towards a healthier you? Set up a free consult call to learn more about our comprehensive lab work and integrative health services.

Ready to get well, better?

If you're curious to learn more about The Lanby, book a free consult call and we'll chat about how The Lanby can be your personalized long term health and wellness partner.

The Lanby Editorial Team
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