Functional Metabolic Lab Tests
This testing is much like what your physician orders when evaluating your health for your yearly physical examination, or when specific lab tests are ordered for a suspected disorder. The Thriveology difference is in how this vital information is evaluated. At Thriveology, we look at lab results from a functional standpoint. Think of this in terms of the optimal range for optimal health, not simply if you fit into a wide-ranging bracket. Let’s use the much talked about thyroid gland to illustrate the difference. In most medical scenarios, if there is concern that your thyroid may be under or overactive, your doctor will send you to the lab to have a TSH test completed. If your lab testing shows that your TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) value is 3.2, chances are you will be told that your thyroid function is fine. This is because the “normal” values for TSH range from 0.35 to 5.50 µU/ml. This is deceiving, however; the best functional range for TSH is 1.30 to 2.00. Worse yet, simply running a TSH test doesn’t tell the whole story of how your thyroid is functioning. A panel of thyroid testing should include the ubiquitous TSH and also free T3, free T4, reverse T3, anti-TG antibodies and anti-TPO antibodies to fully assess central and peripheral thyroid function, as well as thyroid auto-immunity.
This full panel of thyroid testing provides a much better snapshot of your current state of thyroid health, and is an example of the type of functional lab testing that gives Dr. Stacy the necessary information to help you feel your best. A complete array of tests are available, including comprehensive wellness, hormone balance, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, vitamin/mineral, men’s and women’ health, autoimmune and cancer testing.