Have you ever been told by your physician "you're fine. Your blood test looks good."? But does it REALLY?
What exactly is normal?
Did you know that the "normal" ranges on a blood test is actually based on a "bell curve" analysis of all the people that have been to that lab over "x" amount of time, even though the majority of them are sick? So the sicker the population the wider and less useful the lab reference ranges become. These ranges are designed to look for pathology or disease. The other range that we look at in our clinic is the "optimal" or "functional" range. This range is much more narrow and designed to assess risk for disease before it develops. (see figure 1) For example: The optimal range for glucose is 75-86 mg/dl and the normal range is 65-99 mg/dl. If the person's fasting glucose is above the "normal" range this may indicate diabetes. However, if the person has a glucose of 99 they will be told they are fine but this is a good indication the person is becoming insulin resistant which could lead to heart disease and/or diabetes. If they have a fasting glucose of 65 they will be told "your labs are good" but a glucose of 65 is a strong possibility the person is suffering from hypoglycemia. In fact, they are probably already experiencing some of the symptoms like headaches, heart palpitations, sweating, shaking and anxiety.
Perhaps you are one of those people who had a recent blood test and was told "everything looks good" but you just don't feel right. Feel free to call our office and schedule a consultation with Dr. Ehling or Dr. White to go over those with you. If you don't have recent labs come in for a complete blood panel and mention this newsletter to receive 15% off your blood test.
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