A. Glucose/Insulin Tolerance Test
Early Detection of Diabetes and the Metabolic Syndrome
By the time diabetes is diagnosed using conventional laboratory methods, patients may already have significant cardiovascular disease1. Earlier detection of diabetes can allow early dietary modification, with the potential to arrest the development of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other manifestations of the Metabolic Syndrome
B. Comprehensive Thyroid Panel
The Comprehensive Thyroid Assessment is a thorough analysis of thyroid hormone metabolism, including central thyroid gland regulation and activity, thyroid production and secretion, peripheral thyroid conversion, and thyroid autoimmunity. This test allows the practitioner to pinpoint common imbalances that underlie a broad spectrum of chronic illness
C. Bone Health Panel
The Bone Health Panel consists of:
Recent cutting-edge reviews by experts in the U.S.2 and Europe3 emphasize the importance of Vitamin D for bone health, immunomodulation, and regulation of cell growth. Vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency are major unrecognized health problems, especially at higher latitudes. A recent study of the nutritional status of women with osteoporosis found that 39% had vitamin D insufficiency (<15 ng/ml in plasma)4. 25(OH)Vitamin D plasma levels of >20 ng/ml are required to maintain calcium homeostasis, and concentrations of >30 ng/ml may be needed for maximum bone and overall cellular health.
In addition to its role in the synthesis of blood coagulation factors, Vitamin K is also a cofactor in the synthesis of osteocalcin, a key protein in bone formation. Vitamin K may also impact bone metabolism by its influence on urinary calcium excretion, and by inhibiting bone resorption. Research studies demonstrate that low Vitamin K intake is associated with an increased rate of hip fractures, and that adequate intakes of both Vitamin D and Vitamin K are necessary to achieve a reduction in hip fractures5. Inadequate Vitamin K intake appears to be especially common among American teenagers and young adults6.
The Osteomark NTx assay is a direct measure of bone resorption. If possible, a patient should have a baseline NTx test before menopause, and then follow-up testing during menopause to determine her rate of bone loss. The NTx test can be especially helpful when weighing the risks and benefits of hormone replacement therapy. It can be used in conjunction with BMD tests to track a patient's bone health and response to therapy7.
D. Male Hormone
Profile Analyzes four saliva samples over a 24-hour period for levels of testosterone. Elevated levels suggest androgen resistance, while decreased levels can result from such causes as hypogonadism, hepatic cirrhosis, lipid abnormalities and aging. The comprehensive profile includes the Adrenocortex Stress Profile and the Comprehensive Melatonin Profile to reveal how testosterone is influenced by cortisol, DHEA, and melatonin.
E. Female Hormone
Profile analyzes eleven saliva samples over a 28-day period for the levels of ß-estradiol, progesterone, and testosterone, providing clues about menstrual irregularities, infertility, endometriosis, breast cancer, and osteoporosis. The comprehensive profile includes the Adrenocortex Stress Profile and the Comprehensive Melatonin Profile to reveal how the sex hormones are influenced by cortisol, DHEA, and melatonin.
F. Menopause Profile
Examines three salivary samples over a 5-day period to determine levels of ß-estradiol, estriol, estrone, progesterone, and testosterone for women who are menopausal. The comprehensive profile includes the Adrenocortex Stress Profile and the Comprehensive Melatonin Profile to reveal how the sex hormones are affected by the influences of cortisol, DHEA, and melatonin.
G. Comprehensive Melatonin
Profile Analyzes three saliva samples for the secretion pattern of this important hormone. Melatonin imbalance has been associated with Seasonal Affective Disorder, infertility, sleep disorders, and compromised immune function.
I. Adrenocortex Stress profile
This is a salivary assay of cortisol and DHEA, imbalances of which are associated with ailments ranging from obesity and menstrual disorders to immune deficiency and increased risk of cardiovascular disease-->