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What is Functional Blood Work?

Functional blood work is different from pathological blood work. The pathological range is used to diagnose disease. The functional range is used to access proper function and to assess the risk for disease before disease develops. The ranges for proper function are narrow on both ends. They are healthy levels for optimum functioning.

For example, rather than waiting until your fasting glucose reaches diabetic proportions at 127, if you have a functionally high level of 100 or even 99, you can start making changes in your diet now. If your glucose levels are functionally low, but you are still considered in "good health", you may be reactive hypoglycemic and need to take some steps to turn that around before you are diagnosed hypoglycemic. And which ever side of the fence you are on here, they both indicate a sugar handling problem. Hypoglycemia almomst inevitably becomes insulin resistance.

Another difference is that in general, functional blood chemistry analysis is about looking for patterns which means there needs to be enough tests or biomarkers run to get a clear picture. Then, I'll look at your symptoms closely and compare them to your blood test results. I spend time going over your health history and specific metabolic symptoms so that I can put them together and access the probabilities of these two. If I find patterns in your functional blood test results, but it's not clear in your history, I will probe you with questions to see if this is of possible concern or not. For example, if your glucose is on the low side I will ask if your fatigue goes away after you eat - reactive hypoglycemia. On the other hand, if it's on the functional high side, I may ask if you get tired after eating, which can be an indicator for insulin resistance.

Functional blood work can assess:

  • digestive function
  • optimum thyroid function
  • possible adrenal fatigue
  • insulin resistance
  • blood sugar imbalance
  • fatigue and anemias

Sound right for you? What do you do next?

Click on the following symptom assessment forms and fill them out online. Save them with your name in the title and email them back to me. Please note that there are two pages to each form.

Metabolic Assessment Form

Brain Assessment Form

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"There is no general screening test that is more efficient, effective and affordable than a comprehensive blood chemistry panel. A comprehensive blood chemistry panel will allow the healthcare provider to quickly assess the degree of health or disease in a patient."




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