SpectraCell Micronutrient, Cardiometabolic and Thyroid Risks
You have probably heard the saying ‘You are what you eat’. I beg to differ. You are what you absorb. Definitely, eating just cookies, pizza and soda would put you in a grave state of deficiency even if your absorption is optimal. However, what happens if you DO eat a clean, nutritious diet? A faulty absorption caused by many factors can certainly put you in a deficiency state, too.
The Naturopathic Pharmacist is committed to help you establish any deficiencies, give you guidance on how to replenish, and therefore have you on your way to feeling well again.
SpectraCell’s Micronutrient test provides the most comprehensive nutritional analysis available by measuring functional deficiencies at the cellular level. It is an assessment of how well the body utilizes 33 vitamins, minerals, amino/fatty acids, antioxidants, and metabolites, while conveying the body’s need for these micronutrients that enable the body to produce enzymes, hormones, and other substances essential for proper growth, development, and good health. Here is a sample report which shows all the micronutrients included in the test.
Traditionally, many diagnostic and risk assessments are based on clinical observation and measurements of static levels of certain nutrients in serum. Static serum levels are not always representative indicators for assessing cell metabolism and utilization.
SpectraCell’s micronutrient testing offers a unique means to scientifically assess the intracellular requirements of micronutrients that play an important role in overall health and wellness.
Since lymphocytes are produced in the bone marrow and stored in the peripheral locations for long periods of time (the average life span of a lymphocyte is approximately four to six months), SpectraCell’s measurements provide a powerful portrait of each patients’ long-term nutrient status. This is analogous to the use of a glycosylated hemoglobin (HgA1C) test to evaluate blood glucose levels over a one to three month period.
This test, inclusive of the micronutrient test, cardiovascular risk test and comprehensive thyroid test, comes with a written report and recommendations. There is an optional complimentary 20-minute consultation with the Naturopathic Pharmacist to discuss the results.
Another part of the Spectracell test consists of Cardiometabolic Risk assessment. Many a times, poor nutrition leads to cardiometabolic disturbances. Poor blood sugar regulation and unhealthy triglyceride and lipoprotein levels often present long before a diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes.
SpectraCell’s CardioMetabolic Test offers clinically relevant evaluation to help define risk for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), progression toward Type 2 Diabetes, and inflammation. Test results allows the Naturopathic Pharmacist to know when guidance, educational referral, and/ or treatment are necessary. Key components of the CardioMetabolic Test are listed here:
- Lipoprotein Fractionation
- Lipoprotein Particle Numbers
- Total Cholesterol
- HDL Cholesterol
- LDL Cholesterol
- Lipoprotein (a)
- Apolipoprotein A-1
- Apolipoprotein B
- Hemoglobin A1c
- CardioMetabolic Risk Assessment
- Type 2 Diabetes Assessment
- Estimated Average Glucose (eAG)
- Homeostatic Model Assessment of Insulin Resistance (HOMA-IR)
Like nutrients, hormones influence all aspects of health and disease – mood, sleep, metabolism, immunity, heart health and appearance. An imbalance of one hormone can initiate cascade of events that alters other hormones, so a comprehensive look at hormone status is key. SpectaCell Thyroid comprehensive hormone testing is key to assessing metabolism.
Here are the hormones measured:
- Free T3 (Free Triiodothyronine) – the more potent and biologically active thyroid hormone, T3 regulates growth and metabolism throughout the whole body.
- Free T4 (Free Thyroxine) – considered a precursor hormone, T4 is converted to T3 as required by cells throughout the body; levels of T4 are generally much higher than T3.
- Total T4 (Total Thyroxine) – Most T4 in the blood is bound to carrier proteins which make it biologically inactive. Total T4 includes unbound (free) T4 plus T4 that is bound to carrier proteins in the blood.
- rT3 – Reverse T3 (Reverse Triiodothyronine) – As the name implies, Reverse T3 opposes the biological action of T3. It slows metabolism and renders T3 in the body biologically inactive. The rate of rT3 production relative to T3 will increase in times of stress (high cortisol) and in the presence of nutrient deficiencies, inflammation or certain medications.
- Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) – produced by the pituitary gland, TSH tells the thyroid gland to increase or decrease production of T4 or conversion to T3 depending on the amounts circulating in the bloodstream via an efficient feedback system.
- Anti-TG (Antibodies to Thyroglobulin) – a precursor to T4. If Anti-TG are present in significant amounts, this suggests an abnormal immune response against your own body, also called autoimmunity.
- Anti-TPO (Antibodies to Thyroperoxidase) – is an enzyme that initiates the synthesis of T4. Antibodies to TPO indicate autoimmunity where the body is attacking normal proteins in the blood (in this case, TPO). People with anti-TPO have a higher chance of developing hypothyroidism that those who do not have antibodies to TPO.
- Tg (Thyroglobulin) – The main function of Tg is to store iodine, which is a necessary nutrient for the production of thyroid hormones T3 and T4. This test is particularly useful when monitored over time versus a single measurement and can sometimes be a useful tumor marker in patients with previous thyroid cancer.
- TBG (Thyroid Binding Globulin) – is a carrier protein for thyroid hormones so its role is to transport T4 and T3 through the bloodstream. The thyroid gland adjusts to changing levels of TBG in order to keep free T4 constant and it is particularly useful when thyroid (T4) levels do not necessarily correlate with clinical symptoms. TBG levels are largely affected by other hormones and many prescription drugs and is useful in diagnosing the reason behind abnormal thyroid hormone levels.