The Wellness Metrics Kit tests for imbalances that contribute to changes in mood, energy, libido, increased body fat, food/sugar cravings, and increased risk for cardiometabolic disesase.
The Kit includes blood spot TSH, D2, D3, In, and HbA1c and saliva E2, Pg, T, DHEA(S), and diurnal 4x Cortisol, with optional add-on blood spot tests for better estimation of thyroid hormones (fT3, fT4, and TPO) and/or cardiovascular disease risk (hsCRP, TG, CH, LDL, VLDL, and HDL).
Estradiol (E2), the predominant, and most potent, circulating estrogen. It plays an important role in modulating immunity.
Progesterone (Pg) balances the actions of estradiol in the body and has wide-ranging physiological roles.
Testosterone (T) and DHEA-S (DS) help maintain libido and increase lean muscle mass and metabolic rate. In women, high T and DHEA are linked to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), insulin resistance, and abdominal weight gain.
Cortisol imbalances can create problems with blood sugar control, sleep patterns, appetite, food cravings, and the immune system. Chronically elevated cortisol is a risk factor for pre-diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) elevations, even within the high-normal range, are linked with hypothyroidism, low metabolic rate and weight gain.
Vitamin D (D2, D3) deficiency does not have obvious symptoms but has been linked with a wide range of diseases including susceptibility to infections like flu, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, depression, and several cancers.
Fasting Insulin (In), when elevated, is a marker of insulin resistance which precedes metabolic syndrome, PCOS, and type 2 diabetes. Increased levels, particularly in concert with cortisol lead to central obesity and increased inflammatory and other cardiovascular disease markers.
Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) is an indirect measure of the average circulating glucose levels over the previous three months. Normally between 4% and 5.6%, levels between 5.7% and 6.4% are indicative of poor blood sugar control and prediabetes, while 6.5% or more is indicative of type 2 diabetes and consequently high cardiovascular disease risk.