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Preventative Blood Work

eliminate the guesswork from your wellness plan

As a naturopathic doctor dedicated to promoting healthspan—the length of time a person is healthy and free from chronic disease—I often find myself in front of (often frustrated) patients who have been met with resistance from our public health on the ability to access preventative measures for their health. 

Among these, routine screening blood work stands out. It's arguably a very straightforward - but also a cornerstone - diagnostic method in the quest for longevity and vitality.

In a world where chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer are rampant, prevention becomes paramount.

But how can we prevent what we cannot see? This is where blood screening becomes invaluable.

Let's start approaching medicine as 'healthcare ', not 'sickcare '.

knowledge is power

it's time to stop gatekeeping you from it

The Wellness Checkup

Preventative screening is as simple as a blood draw.

We'll test 48+ biomarkers to gain comprehensive insight into all areas of your health, including the following:

inflammation markers

metabolism

hormonal health 

heart health 

detoxification

recovery & endurance

nutrition status 

48+ biomarkers, including:

Inflammation

  • C-reactive protein (CRP)

  • White blood cell count (WBC)

  • Neutrophils

  • Basophils

  • Eosinophils

  • Lymphocytes

  • Monocytes

  • Fibrinogen

 

Metabolism

  • Insulin (Fasting)

  • Glucose (Fasting)

  • Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c)

  • Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT)

  • Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)

 

Hormonal health

  • Cortisol, Serum (AM)

  • DHEAS 

  • Testosterone, Total

  • Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG)

  • Estradiol *female only

  • Progesterone *female only

  • PSA *male only

  • Testosterone, Free *male only

Heart health

  • Cholesterol

  • Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL)

  • High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL)

  • Triglycerides

  • Apolipoprotein B

  • Homocysteine

 

Detoxification 

  • Albumin Bilirubin (Direct)

  • Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP)

  • Gamma Glutamyl Transpeptidase (GGT)

  • Lactate Dehydrogenase (LDH)

  • Aspartate Amino Transferase (AST)

  • Protein (Total)

  • Bilirubin (Total)

  • Creatinine

  • Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN)

  • Uric Acid

Recovery & Endurance

  • Complete Blood Count (CBC), including 

    • Hematocrit (HCT)

    • Hemoglobin

    • Mean cell hemoglobin (MCH)

    • Mean cell hemoglobin concentration (MCHC)

    • Mean corpuscular volume (MCV)

    • Red blood cell count (RBC)

    • Red cell distribution width (RDW)

    • Mean platelet volume (MPV)

    • Platelets

  • Creatine Kinase (CK)

  • Iron/Total iron binding capacity (TIBC)

  • Transferrin saturation (TS)

  • Potassium

  • Sodium

  • Chloride Bicarbonate (CO2)

 

Nutrition status 

  • Magnesium (red blood cell)

  • Vitamin D

  • Ferritin

  • Vitamin B12

  • Calcium (serum)

  • Phosphorus

  • Folic acid 

Why get a Wellness Checkup?

Look, at the end of the day, our public healthcare system has moulded into a system that focuses excessively on the unwell. If you lack concerning symptoms, people are often told by clinicians that they're 'fine' and need not worry.

But it doesn't address the reason you're there in the first place, which is to collect some objective information to confirm that. 

Why is preventative blood work so important? 

 

Modifiable Risks

Combining more general blood tests with more preventative biomarkers provides invaluable feedback on where your current health status sits, providing you the knowledge you need on modifiable risk factors that can critically impact your long-term health.

For example, if we learn at a younger age that your blood sugar level is higher than the normal, you can make changes to your diet and lifestyle now that will keep you from diabetes in the future. 

Benchmarks 

Not only does it provide knowledge on modifiable changes, but it also provides benchmarkers to monitor your health over time. For example, if we wait until age 40 to start monitor your cholesterol, and it comes back elevated - the question becomes is this more of a genetic issue that's followed you long term, or has something more recently changed in your health that is causing this increase. If we have no baseline tests to work off of, how would we know? 

How it Works

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STEP 1

BECOME A PATIENT

To complete blood work, you must be an active patient. 

Complete an initial intake to review your health concerns, medical history, and family history to optimize the list of biomarkers unique to your health needs.

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STEP 2

COMPLETE BLOOD WORK

Bring your requisition form to any Lifelabs location, following the criteria Dr. Holmberg provides.

Go hydrated, as it will be a relatively large blood collection. 

Results take approx 2 weeks.

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STEP 3

REVIEW THE FINDINGS

Review what looks optimal, and what may need improvement. Receive personalized, science-backed recommendations​ + a plan tailored to your current health, medical history, & lab findings. 

interested in a wellness check?

you don't need to wait for illness to take

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