Dr. Elly ND
HEALTH ASSESSMENT PANELS from LifeLabs: CONVENIENT, COMPREHENSIVE & COST-EFFECTIVE
Did you know that Lifelabs offers Health Assessment Panels to patients of licensed Ontario Naturopathic Doctors? Several related tests get evaluated together, at a savings when compared to ordering tests individually. Check out why they'd be ordered, what's included, how much they cost and how much they save, in the drop down lists below.
The Liver/Digestion Assessment tests a broad range of liver enzymes and total and direct bilirubin, to provide insight into liver and gallbladder function. The Liver/Digestion Assessment may be recommended when poor liver clearance is suspected, estrogens are high or toxicity is present.
Cost: $10 (savings: $10.71)
Fatigue is a subjective feeling of tiredness, and can result from a range of causes. The Fatigue Assessment provides insight into common causes of fatigue, which include anemias, infections, mononucleosis, and hypothyroidism. The Fatigue Assessment investigates nutritional causes of anemias including iron and vitamin B12 deficiency, thyroid function, and antibodies to Epstein-Barr virus.
Cost: $65 (savings: $5.31)
Your thyroid gland plays a major role in your metabolism. When your thyroid hormone levels are out of balance, so are you. The Thyroid Assessment may be recommended when hyper-or hypothyroidism is suspected or when hormone imbalances are present that affect, or are affected by, thyroid hormone function. In particular, high cortisol, low cortisol, elevated estrogens, and low DHEAS all have important interactions with thyroid hormones.
Thyroperoxidase antibody (TPO)
Cost: $90 (savings: $13.50)
Your body’s immune system protects you from disease and infection, but if you have an autoimmune disease, your immune system attacks healthy cells in your body by mistake. Some common diseases that are generally considered autoimmune include celiac disease, diabetes type 1, Graves’ disease, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's/colitis), MS, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's disease and lupus. Research shows that disease-specific antibodies rise steadily in the years prior to diagnosis of autoimmune disease. Monitoring antibody levels may help to identify, prevent or treat potential autoimmune disorders.
Antinuclear antibody (ANA)
Rheumatoid Factor (RF)
Cost: $90 (savings: $15.87)
Female Hormone Assessment
The Female Hormone Assessment provides a view into five major hormones. Interactions between these hormones are fundamental to overall health. Imbalances, if left untreated, may lead to more serious health concerns including polycystic ovary syndrome, thyroid dysfunction, adrenal dysfunction, metabolic syndrome, mental health concerns or chronic illnesses such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. The Female Hormone Assessment may be recommended when hormone imbalance is suspected or for concerns with weight management, chronic fatigue, or mood disorders.
Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)
Luteinizing Hormone (LH)
Cost: $100 (savings: $16.86)
Testing lipid levels is a standard way to assess the risk of cardiovascular
disease. The Lipids Assessment may be recommended in the presence of low DHEAS in men or women, when androgens are high in women, or whenever heart disease is a concern.
Inflammation occurs naturally in your body. But when it goes wrong
or goes on too long, it can trigger disease processes. It can increase
gut permeability and create a leaky gut, may interfere with hormone production and
metabolism, promote obesity, be a risk factor in the development of
cardiovascular disease and has been implicated in mood disorders,
C-reactive protein (CRP)
Cost: $35 (savings: $3.78)
Nutrient Assessment (Includes all the tests in the Vitamin & Mineral Panels)
Are you getting the nutrients you need to be your healthiest you? Is your body able to absorb and utilize the nutrients optimally? Vitamins and minerals are considered essential nutrients — because acting in concert, they perform hundreds of roles in the body. They help shore up bones, heal wounds, and bolster your immune system. They also convert food into energy, and repair cellular damage. The Nutrient Assessment measures your levels of vitamins: A, B1, B6, B12, C, D and E; and minerals: calcium (the active ionized form), copper, magnesium and zinc.
Cost: $200 (savings: $112.12)
Vitamins play important roles in bodily functions such as metabolism, immunity and digestion. The Vitamin Assessment may be recommended when nutrient deficiencies are suspected, when there is evidence of malabsorption, or to get an overall picture of your current nutritional status before making dietary recommendations.
Cost: $170 (savings: $81.44)
Along with protein, carbohydrates, fats and vitamins, your body needs a variety of minerals to work properly. The Mineral Assessment provides insight into your blood levels of common minerals including calcium (the active ionized form), copper, magnesium and zinc, so that your healthcare provider can recommend a well-balanced diet, fortified foods or mineral supplements to help prevent both mild and serious health consequences that result from a lack in your diet.
Cost: $45 (savings: $1.54)
Female Fertility Assessment
There are many factors that influence fertility. This Assessment provides insight into the most common hormone imbalances that can affect fertility including elevated prolactin, thyroid disorders, progesterone insufficiency, and polycystic ovary syndrome. What's included:
Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH)
Cost: $175 (savings: $44.23)
Men's Health Assessment:
This assessment includes biomarkers most relevant to men, which provide insights into concerns such as prostate health, heart disease (including high blood pressure and high cholesterol), erectile dysfunction and testosterone levels, weight management, diabetes and stroke. This panel may be recommended when androgens are low, estrogens are high or signs and symptoms related to sexual or cardiac health are noted.
Cost: $110 (savings: $23.45)
The Hematology Assessment provides insight into common markers of blood health. The Complete Blood Count (CBC) reports on the health of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. Iron and vitamin B12 biomarkers are included to assess for anemias. This panel may be recommended in the presence of fatigue and suspected anemias, nutritional deficiencies or any conditions related to blood health (e.g. infections, leukemias, blood clotting disorders).
Cost: $55 (savings: $9.63)
Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors that increase the chance of developing heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Lifestyle choices like maintaining a healthy weight, exercise, and dietary changes can help prevent or reverse metabolic syndrome. Your healthcare provider may recommend the Metabolic Assessment if you have abdominal obesity, high blood sugar, elevated triglycerides, high blood pressure, and low HDL levels. The assessment may also be recommended in the presence of certain hormone patterns, including elevated cortisol, high androgen levels in women, and low androgen levels in men.
Gamma Glutamyl Transpeptidase (GGT)
C-reactive protein (CRP)
Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG)
Hemoglobin A1C (HbA1c)
Cost: $55 (savings: $24.82)
Methylation is a vital metabolic process that happens in every cell and every organ of our body, more than a million times per second. It is crucial to our survival and well-being. Impaired methylation can lead to depression, anxiety, histamine intolerance, increased risk of cancer, hormone imbalance, poor detox capacity, infertility, birth defects, fatigue, and low energy. The Methylation Assessment provides insight into blood levels of vitamins required for methylation, as well as indicators of impaired methylation.
Cost: $65 (savings: $19.65)
Healthy Living Assessment
The Healthy Living and Enhanced Healthy Living Assessments are great for establishing a baseline when beginning your health journey, and to monitor progress along your path to optimal health. They provide an overall view into the current status of your health: liver, kidney, blood, electrolytes, heart and metabolic health. Your healthcare provider may also recommend these assessments in the presence of elevated IgG to candida, abnormal cortisol levels, low DHEAS, low testosterone, suspected anemia or nutritional deficiency, low levels of essential elements, gastric or peptic ulcer, and/or general malaise.
HEMATOLOGY: Complete Blood Count (CBC), Iron/Total Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC), Ferritin
METABOLIC: Calcium, Phosphorus, Glucose, Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c)
THYROID: Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
INFLAMMATORY/CARDIAC: Fibrinogen, C-Reactive Protein
ELECTROLYTES: Postassium, Chloride, Albumin, Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP), Bicarbonate, Bilirubin, Gamm Glutamyl Transpeptidase (GG)
LIVER: Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT), Aspartate Amino Transferase (AST), Bilirubin, Lactate Dehydrogenase (LDH), Protein
KIDNEY: Creatinine, Uric Acid, Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN)
LIPIDS: Cholesterol, High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL), Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL), Triglycerides
Cost: $100 (savings: $36.07)
Enhanced Healthy Living Assessment
Includes all tests in the Healthy Living Assessment, plus:
HEMATOLOGY: Folate (Serum), Folate (RBC), Vitamin B12
METABOLIC: Fasting Insulin, Vitamin D
INFLAMMATORY/CARDIAC: Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR)
Cost: $180 (savings: $46.46)
Check with your licensed Healthcare Provider to see what tests may be meaningful for your specific health concerns and goals.