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Expanded Blood Work Testing

Last but not least, as part of the Endurance Health & Performance Program testing package we'll get some additional bloodwork that looks at your red blood cell system, immune system (white blood cells), iron storage and utilization and your body chemistry and organ function as a whole.  

This panel includes:

Iron Panel + Ferritin

Understanding how much iron you have in circulation, and in storage is key to ruling out iron-deficiency anemia, as well as functional anemia (low ferritin). The iron panel looks at:

  • Total Iron

  • Iron Binding Capacity

  • % Saturation (calculated)

  • Ferritin

Each test analyte provides insight into how your body is processing iron, and whether a deficiency or excess exists.

Iron deficiencies are extremely common causes of fatigue and poor performance and recovery.  While typically more common in women, men can also experience iron deficiencies.  Regardless, every athlete should have iron levels monitored as part of their ongoing health evaluation. 

Complete Blood Count with Differential (CBC)

The CBC looks at all the cells in your bloodstream.  This includes red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. 

A complete blood count is used as a screening test for various disease states including anemia and inflammatory processes.

-White cells are primarily responsible for fighting infection and carry out the work of the immune system.  Looking at the white count in this test reveals much about the state of your immune system which can be affected by stressors (physical and psychological), immune system burden and overall immune health. Endurance athletes are susceptible to more infections due to their heavy training load. The white count can tell us how your training is affecting your immune system. 

-Red cells are primarily responsible for delivering oxygen via hemoglobin to the tissues. This test measures the size, shape and actual numbers of red cells in your system.  This provides a lot of information about the ability of the cells to deliver oxygen and energy to the cells of your body. 

This test includes:

  • WBC

  • RBC

  • Hemoglobin

  • Hematocrit

  • MCV

  • MCH

  • MCHC

  • RDW

  • Platelet Count

  • MPV

  • Differential (Absolute and Percent - Neutrophils, Lymphocytes, Monocytes, Eosinophils, and Basophils)

Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP)

The CMP is a panel of 14 tests that provides important information about the current status of a person's metabolism, including the health of the kidneys and liver, electrolyte and acid/base balance as well as levels of blood glucose and blood proteins. Abnormal results, and especially combinations of abnormal results, can indicate a problem that needs to be addressed.

This test includes:

  • Albumin

  • Albumin/Globulin Ratio

  • Alkaline Phosphatase 

  • ALT

  • AST

  • BUN/Creatinine Ratio

  • Calcium

  • Carbon Dioxide

  • Chloride

  • Creatinine with GFR Estimated

  • Globulin

  • Glucose 

  • Potassium

  • Sodium

  • Total Bilirubin

  • Total Protein

  • Urea Nitrogen

You'll receive a lab order to take to any lab draw facility near you (Quest or LabCorp) to have these test completed.  This is a fasting test, meaning you'll need to skip breakfast and coffee the morning of the draw. 

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