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Variant hemoglobins: These tests are done to detect variants of hemoglobin as some of the variants, such as hemoglobin s, cause medical problems. Some states require all pregnant women be tested for hemoglobin variations as part of the antenatal care. ...Read more
Fasting Plasma Glucose test reports HB A1c [HPLC] as 5.80% (5.7-6.4) and says "per-diabatic". What are some diet and lifestyle recommendations?
Low carb/grain diet: cut our grains/limit starches and increase good fats (olive oil, avocado, nuts). have good animal based protein intake (including organic eggs and fish). A1C of 5.8% is indeed in the impaired range and should normalize with the above diet and 10-20% weight loss if extra weight is present ...Read more
Heavy metals/hair: Hair analysis is used to test for heavy metals in the body. It is controversial but hair is used as the sample for long-term exposure to toxins, i.e., over a few months. Hair from any part of body can be used. (great plains lab does this) a recent exposure to toxins, e.g., a factory accident, would require blood. After toxicity levels are determined the patient can be detoxed in various ways. ...Read more
For a man: Prior to therapy a fasting cholesterol profile, liver function tests and complete blood count should be checked. These tests are often repeated at the 4 and 8 weeks of therapy. If you have more concerning risks for lipid issues then weekly or every other week lipids may be done till stability is noted; in fact this is in the product information! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cross reaction: Certain foods and beverages can contain products that after break down can mimick certain classes of drugs. This can give you a false positive result and cause problems in interpreting the lab results. ...Read more
Start with CV: There are quite a few tests to check for the causes of ED. Be warned though, they're not fool proof. Start with a comp. metabolic profile (FLP, BP, HgA1C, etc). Also check hormones (LH, FSH, Testosterone, Prolactin) and PSA. If those don't work - you can always go for a pelvic angiography. Discussing exactly what form your ED takes will be able to narrow these choices down a lot. Good luck! ...Read more
Can you detect down syndrome by a Microarray analysis? If not what's the name of the test to detect down syndrome?
Why does chromosomal analysis take so long? If something is found would it be found quickly or would the results take longer?
Takes a couple of we: Chromosomal analysis does take time as the cells have to be cultured and grown for sometime before they divide and display their chromosomes. But it should not take more than 1-2 weeks to get the reports. ...Read more