What is tested in the Wellness Panel 5?
This blood panel tests the Complete Blood Count (CBC) with differential, Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP), Hemoglobin A1c, Homocysteine, Iron & TIBC, Lipid Panel, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Free & Total T3, Free & Total T4, Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) Antibodies, Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH), Vitamin B12, Vitamin D & Zinc levels.
Why is the Wellness Panel 5 important?
Calcium and Vitamin D are important for bone and skin health, muscle function, and blood clotting. Magnesium is important for energy production and balancing blood sugar. Phosphorus helps the nerves, bone and muscles stay healthy. Low Vitamin B12 levels can contribute to anemia, fatigue, and weight gain. Adequate Zinc is needed for memory and for healthy hair.
The CBC and CMP tests include a variety of markers that check your immune system, red blood cells, clotting system, electrolytes, kidney and liver function. The Iron and TIBC tests are used to screen for iron deficiency.
The Glucose (in the CMP) and Hemoglobin A1c tests check for diabetes. The Lipid Panel measures your standard lipid and cholesterol markers. An abnormal Homocysteine or Lipid Panel suggests you are at an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.
An abnormal TSH test may indicate thyroid disease. The TSH, or Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, Total T3, T4 Free and TPO Antibodies tests screen for thyroid problems. An intermediate or high TSH, confirmed by a low Free T4, suggests hypothyroidism. The TPO Antibody test helps to determine if the hypothyroidism is caused by an autoimmune disease. A low TSH and a high Free T4 suggest hyperthyroidism. In hyperthyroidism, the Total T3 helps determine the severity.
What type of specimen will I submit?
This Wellness Panel 5 is a blood test.
Do I need to fast to take this test?
An 8-12 hour fast is recommended before testing.
How long does it take to get test results?
It typically takes 4 business days or less.