Metabolic Syndrome (What We Learn From Blood Tests)

Metabolism is a complex system of interacting biochemical pathways. The field is rapidly evolving. Most people with weight or fatigue problems look first to their metabolism as a potential source of their problems. If you are concerned about these issues, or if people in your family have been challenged by these issues, consider getting yourself tested for the following markers:

  • Morning Blood Pressure: The morning blood pressure tends to be highest. Checking at least 4 times a week is best.
  • Body Impedance Analysis: This provides information on your basal metabolic rate, percent of body fat and fat-free mass. Skin caliper measurements may serve a similar purpose without the calculated basal metabolic rate.
  • Fasting Blood Glucose Level: Anything greater than 100 indicates the need for improvement.
  • Hemoglobin A1c: This measures the amount of blood sugar over a long period of time. While your best behavior may be able to fool the fasting blood glucose test, you can’t fool the Hemoglobin A1c.
  • Fasting Insulin: This tells you whether your metabolic problem may be caused by too much insulin – one of the foundations for metabolic syndrome.
  • C-peptide: This indicates whether or not you produce enough insulin or break it down too quickly.
  • VAP Cholesterol Test: Not only does this test measure cholesterol (total, good and bad) and triglycerides but also the size of the cholesterol particles.
  • AM Cortisol: Too much cortisol can trigger metabolic abnormalities as can too little. This is a screening test and if abnormal other tests are indicated.
  • Testosterone: If low, this can contribute to metabolic syndrome.
  • Female Reproductive Hormones: Shifts in estrogen relative to progesterone can contribute to metabolic disorders.
  • Key Vitamins and Minerals: magnesium, B vitamins, Vitamin D, amino acids
  • Key contaminants, determined on the basis of your history
  • Full Thyroid Panel
  • General tests for inflammation including the ESR and the CRP