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Blood Test Resources

We recommend taking responsibility for your own personal healthcare. This does not mean that you should go it alone – without your doctor. We highly suggest consulting your doctor on all aspects of your wellness program. What personal healthcare implies is that ultimately you are responsible for your health and healthcare.

The ideal way to use blood testing is to take your blood test results with you when you go to your doctor. You should be prepared to ask questions regarding any results that may be of concern. In this manner you will be able to have your doctor review tests that are of interest to you as part of your wellness program rather than the minimum tests that your insurance or your doctor would typically order.

This process allows you save you money by not needing follow up visits to your doctor to review lab work. It also allows you to streamline your visits to your doctor by being prepared and taking ultimate responsibility for your healthcare.

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Chemistry Panel Results Explained

Following is an example of results of a Chemistry Panel from a 40 year old male.  The reference interval indicates the “normal range” for each of the components and a flag (if present) indicates a specific result that has fallen outside of the normal range. A description of each component of the panel is described […]

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What Is A Normal Range?

What does it mean when your blood test results are out of the normal range? Since these laboratory reference ranges are designed to identify and diagnose diseases does this mean I am sick? The answer is: It depends. For most tests the reference range that a person receives is based on their age and sex. […]

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