You don’t have to be a doctor (or a detective) to get the facts straight
All the talk about managing your health in a changing health care environment doesn’t make it easier to understand the results of lab tests—it can be overwhelming to individuals untrained in the medical arts. However, your lab test results are indicators—facts, if you will, that can be understood in the context of what’s normal and what isn’t.
Health advisors help you sort the detail
Health advisors at Lifetime can help you make sense of lab test results by explaining what the measurements mean and how near or far your results place you in relation to optimal functioning values.
For years, personal trainers at Lifetime clubs have encouraged their clients to undergo these lab test panels to gain a thorough understanding of how their bodies metabolize energy, discharge toxins and utilize or store fats and sugars.
HealthCheckUSA now offers these panels to all consumers together with a phone consultation to encourage health-conscious individuals to identify and address health “facts” that fall in or near the disease range. During the consultation, health advisors offer suggestions for improving the values consumers can control to optimize their health—despite inherited predispositions—such as high cholesterol.
What’s included in a health advisor consultation?
Prior to your phone consultation, a Lifetime health advisor will send a document that sorts into categories the blood tests included in your panel.
The first category is called lipids and inflammation. In this section, tests that measure the presence of fats in your blood and inflammation in the arteries are grouped together. Your discussion will focus on both genetic and dietary factors that contribute to cholesterol issues (if present) and suggest ways to manage these factors through diet and exercise.
The second category explains the relevance of glucose balance tests in the evaluation of metabolic functions such as blood sugar regulation, fat storage and kidney and liver issues related to metabolic imbalances.
In the third category, energy and metabolism, a series of thyroid hormones are measured. Thyroid dysfunction is often to blame for the inability to lose weight or loss of energy and can be an indicator of autoimmune disorders. Your health advisor can talk with you about symptoms associated with high or low hormone profiles.
In the Longevity and Vitality Premium test, additional blood tests are added to the Longevity and Vitality Basic test—to provide more information about your circulatory system, liver and kidney function and hormone balance. It includes a CMP or “comprehensive metabolic panel,” a panel of 14 blood tests that provide an overview of kidney function, liver function, electrolyte and fluid balance, as well as a complete blood count. The premium test adds a vertical auto profile (VAP) a cholesterol test that evaluates 15 rather than the four components tested in a standard cholesterol test.
The premium test also includes a measure of ferritin—a protein that stores iron and is important for exercise and recovery, folic acid, white blood cell response and electrolyte levels.
These wellness lab tests offer great value in terms of baselining your health, providing one-to-one consultation to help you understand what results mean, and are extremely cost effective for consumers who are managing their health care budgets.