Fatigue, especially chronic fatigue, can be associated with long term anemia. Anemia is condition seen when there are fewer than normal red blood cells available in your blood to carry oxygen throughout your body. A main cause of anemia is low iron levels in the blood which causes hemoglobin deficiencies. People who are anemic commonly feel tired, look pale, and become easily winded.
This panel examines the principle causes of anemia through the following tests:
Arthritis is characterized by pain, swelling and stiffness associated with joint inflammation. Causes of arthritis can vary from injury, long term wear and tear, or infection. The Arthritis Panel is used to assess a person’s potential for having Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and gout (a common form of arthritis). Rheumatoid factor (RF) and CCP antibodies are useful for identifying person’s with RA or who may develop RA, and possibly identify the level of severity. Uric acid levels are measured to help identify gout, a common form of arthritis. Elevated levels of C-reactive protein are indicative of inflammation.
The Arthritis Panel includes the following tests:
The Athletic Performance Panel has been designed to offer biochemical information about factors that can affect an athlete’s performance and recovery after training. This information can be used to establish baseline values and to monitor them over time so that you can modify your current training as needed in order to reach your athletic performance goals.
This panel includes:
Your blood can tell you a lot about your body and allow you to reach optimal performance if you know your current stats and stay educated about sports nutrition technology. Whether you are an elite athlete or just beginning to train, it’s important to properly structure your training regimen, manage nutrition, deal with fatigue and reach your goals.
The Cardiac Lipid Panel measures the lipids that are recommended by the National Cholesterol Education Program to determine your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. This panel includes cholesterol, HDL, LDL, and triglycerides. Total cholesterol is made up of HDL, or "good” cholesterol, which decreases your risk for heart disease, and LDL, or "bad” cholesterol, which increases your risk. Triglycerides are now considered a risk factor for heart disease.
The Complete Blood Count (CBC) is used to screen for anemia, infections, and other blood diseases. The CBC is commonly part of a routine physical exam or if you are experiencing symptoms that could be caused by a condition of the blood cells. The CBC counts all the blood cells and also classifies them into various types.
The Comprehensive Cardiac Risk Panel measures the lipids that are recommended by the National Cholesterol Education Program to determine your risk of having a heart attack or stroke and also measures other important risk factors. This panel includes cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides, glucose, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP), and homocysteine.
The Comprehensive Metabolic Panel tests for 17 substances found in the blood that are frequently ordered to get a general overview of your health. Results of the tests provide valuable information on how well several of your organ systems are functioning. The Complete Metabolic Panel covers diabetes, kidney function, gout, nutritional status, anemia, liver function, and proteins.
Specific analytes measured in this test are albumin, bilirubin, calcium, CO2, chloride, creatinine, glucose, alkaline phosphatase, potassium, total protein, sodium, AST, ALT, BUN, globulin, A/G ratio, BUN/creatinine ratio, and an estimated GFR.
DHEA-sulfate is a male sex hormone that is present in both men and women. It is the most prominent circulating steroid in humans. It plays a role in sexual development at puberty, and is also converted into other sex hormones such as testosterone and estrogen. The DHEA-sulfate test is often done in women who have developed male body characteristics (called virilism) or who have excessive hair growth (called hirsutism).
The Expanded Fatigue Panel takes a deeper look at the possible causes of fatigue by evaluating not only sources of anemia found in the Anemia Fatigue Panel, but also an Epstein-Barr Virus antibody Panel and Lyme Disease test. People exposed to Lyme disease and/or treated and cured can suffer from Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS). This disease is routinely associated with chronic fatigue. Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is the causative agent of mononucleosis (the kissing disease) and has been associated with fatigue and chronic fatigue.
This panel examines possible causes of fatigue through the following tests:
The Folic Acid (Folate) test is oftentimes ordered with Vitamin B12. Together, they are a part of the B-complex of vitamins. Folic acid plays an important role in the creation of blood cells, platelets, and overall growth. Although Folate deficiencies are rare in the U.S., women who are pregnant or intend to become pregnant are encouraged to take B12/Folate supplements in order to ensure proper fetal development. B12 and Folate may be decreased in certain anemias.