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15 Top Tests

Early detection of cancer is one of the main factors that helps effective treatment.  The CEA blood test is often used to screen for potential cancerous tumors.

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Estradiol Blood Test

The Estradiol Blood Test can be used to measure hypothalamic and pituitary functions.  In females it can evaluate menopausal status and sexual maturity.  With men it can asses gynecomastia or feminization syndrome.

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Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) Blood Test

Hormone levels are thought to be one of the most important factors to good health and graceful aging. DHEA is the most commonly found hormone in the body. The body can convert DHEA into other important hormones too. Measuring the levels of DHEA in the body is an important part of many hormone strategies.

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Homocysteine Blood Test

Testing the homocysteine levels in the blood is used to determine risk of stroke, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and osteoporosis. Homocysteine levels are greatly affected by diet as well as genetic factors. Many nutritionists have started recommending homocysteine testing for patients concerned about disease prevention.

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Vitamin D, 25 hydroxy, blood test

Levels of Vitamin D in the body have recently been determined to have important health factors. Many people go to great lengths (more sun exposure or supplements) to increase their vitamin D levels. The vitamin D, 25 hydroxy blood test is used to indicate the Vitamin D status.

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PSA Blood Test

Testing the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in the blood is usually done once per year for men over 40. The level of PSA in the blood can indicate a problem or potentially cancer in the prostate. There is some debate over the benefit of widespread testing of PSA levels however most men over 40 continue to […]

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ALT Blood Test

The ALT blood test helps measure the health of the liver. It looks at the enzyme alanine transaminase (ALT) levels. ALT can be found in small amounts in the kidneys, heart, muscles, and pancreas but is mostly found in the liver. The ALT blood test used to be named: serum glutamic pyruvic transaminase (SGPT). If […]

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C-Reactive Protein Blood Test (CRP)

Measuring C-Reactive Protein (CRP) is used as an indicator of heart attack risk. The blood test measures the general level of inflammation in your body. It is thought that the higher level of CRP the higher the risk of heart attack. The CRP blood test is often ordered with the Lipid Profile in order to […]

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Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone Blood Test (TSH)

The TSH blood test (thyroid-stimulating hormone) check for the thyroid gland for problems. The test measures the amount of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) in the blood. This hormone is produced in the pituitary gland. The thyroid gland needs it in order to produce the right levels of thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). A thyroid gland […]

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Thyroid Profile (T3T4T7)

Thyroid Profile (T3T4T7 test) measuremes three parts of triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) in the blood. The T7 is a calculated index. The thyroid hormones; thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) are made by the thyroid gland. It uses iodine from food to manufacture these hormones which are stored by your body. Ultimately T3+T4 are used […]

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