Blood Biomarkers - Take a Peek Under Your Hood
Updated: Feb 5, 2019
Your blood biomarkers provide an incredible amount of information on how well your body is functioning. Don't overlook this important test - you can't afford not to know.
Your blood biomarkers are characteristics of your blood that are measured with a blood test. For example, your blood pressure is a biomarker. Blood biomarkers can tell you how well your body is functioning. Like an engine light in your dashboard, your biomarkers can signal danger and costly repairs ahead such as a smoldering fire burning inside your body (inflammation), or maybe alert you that your body is fighting a hidden internal infection that is depleting precious resources. Or, perhaps you could have a vitamin D deficiency that may be the precursor to a bone fracture. Your blood biomarkers provide a look "under the hood," so much so that many life insurance companies won't insure you until they review your blood biomarkers.
We're often advised to check our credit score for signs of trouble on a quarterly basis, but how often do we check the status of our health? Perhaps you know someone who thinks, "I'm breathing, and I can walk, so everything must be ok." Yes, everything is ok – until it isn't.
Rest assured that one of the first things the emergency room doctor will do is order a blood test, but at that point, all the money in the world won't necessarily buy back your good health. And what do you have if you don't have your health? Your savings account and 401k will be the least of your worries if your health is failing.
"Bottom line: Blood test results are your health resume; they offer snapshots of your health at the molecular level; they identify disease existing in your body; they provide a spectacular early warning system to identify illnesses such as diabetes and coronary artery disease decades before symptoms manifest.
Sure, convention says, let's wait, come back in six months, we'll watch it. Watch it? Watch it go from bad to worse? Why wait? Own your health destiny; change your health trajectory.”
At Dr. Sellers Functional Medicine we interpret your blood biomarkers to give you a thorough understanding and education about your current health status. We can alert you to any issues that need your attention and address them in the least invasive and least expensive means necessary before things escalate and require drugs or surgery. We carefully consider your family history, lifestyle, environmental factors, stress levels, and nutrition as we interpret your biomarkers. Your genetic makeup is unique and so are your biomarkers. New studies in the science of epigenetics are now revealing that environment, inadequate nutrition, stress, and poor lifestyle choices produce detrimental chemical modifications in DNA and histones that regulate gene expression. Since diseases can be turned on and off by triggers to your DNA, it is essential to know what's going on inside your body. You shouldn't rely solely on how you feel as the only indicator of your actual health status.
Comparing your blood test results to the "average population" is not the benchmark you want to set for your health. We look to see if each biomarker not only lies within wide "normal," but also the "optimal" ranges of healthy people. One size does NOT fit all, and we strive to provide the highest quality individualized care for all our patients. Dr. Sellers orders blood biomarker tests and interprets them allowing you to see your true health status. We work with a network of labs across the country to make testing convenient for you, wherever you live.
Health issues that can be revealed through biomarkers are listed below. The list is not exhaustive but provides an example of what we can learn about your health status through your blood biomarkers.
1. Do you have any yeast, viral, bacterial, or parasite overgrowth in your intestines?
2. Is your liver sluggish causing toxic overload that is poisoning you?
3. Are your lungs properly eliminating excess waste produced from your natural metabolic processes?
4. Do you have mitochondrial dysfunction causing inefficient burning of fat for energy?
5. Is your hormone and neurotransmitter communication being interrupted, causing mood disorders, fatigue, or brain fog?
6. Are you at risk of developing diabetes or cardiovascular disease?
7. Do you have any sensitivities or intolerances to gluten or dairy?
8. Are you deficient in any vitamins and minerals?
9. Do you have anemia?
10. Are you dehydrated?
Yes, we really can address each of these items and more from your blood biomarkers. Getting a blood test each year is the most effective way to track your health from year-to-year and make informed decisions about your health status that can prevent costly disease.
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