By Michael A. Smith, MD
The following blood tests should be at the top of your list for yearly testing. These tests are simple, affordable and powerful!
Coenzyme Q10 is produced by the human body and is necessary for the basic functioning of all cells. It is known to be highly concentrated in heart muscle cells due to the high energy requirements of this cell type.
The CoQ10 blood level is reported to decrease with age and to be low in patients with such chronic diseases as a heart condition, muscular dystrophy, Parkinson's disease, cancer, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS. This test is used to check the blood level of CoQ10 and will enable more precise dosing for anyone seeking to achieve and maintain high levels of this critical antioxidant.
The following table illustrates the possible dose range given your specific health issue. As you can see, knowing your CoQ10 blood level is essential for proper dosing:
|Health Issue||Blood Level||Dose Range|
|General Health||2-3 mcg/ml||25-200 mg/day|
|Heart Health||4-6 mcg/ml||100-400 mg/day|
|Heart Health||7-8 mcg/ml||200-600 mg/day|
Omega-3 fats are a small group of molecules technically known as fatty acids. The key clinical omega-3 fats are EPA and DHA, which are found largely in coldwater fish and in certain seeds and nuts. It is well established in current literature that a higher blood level of these important fats may help to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
The evidence for supplementing with omega-3 fats is now so firmly established that even mainstream doctors are convinced of its merits. But until now there’s been no easy way for people to monitor the effects of supplementation.
Life Extension® now offers an omega-3 blood test for evaluating the success of supplementation with fish oils. The test evaluates what is called an Omega Score™ by measuring the following:
- Omega-3 Whole Blood Score
- Omega-3 Equivalence Score
- Omega-3 EPA/DHA Equivalence Score
- Omega-3 Red Blood Cell Equivalence Score
- Complete breakdown of fatty acids by weight, including the AA/EPA ratio and the Omega-3/Omega-6 ratio
Advanced Cholesterol Testing
Unlike standard cholesterol testing, the VAP advanced cholesterol test allows for accurate risk assessment. The NCEP ATP III clinical trial clearly showed that secondary cholesterol targets play a greater role in atherosclerosis than previously thought. These secondary targets, like lipoprotein (a) and APO-B100, are not measured in standard cholesterol tests.
The VAP cholesterol test is more comprehensive and directly measures (not estimating) total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, VLDL, and several clinically relevant cholesterol subclasses. The VAP test allows your doctor to fully assess your risk of coronary heart disease and more effectively tailor follow-up assessments and treatment strategies.
This test covers but is not limited to:
- Total cholesterol and all subtype measurements
- Atherogenic (plaque-forming) particles like LP(a) & APO-B100
- LDL-cholesterol density patterns and particle size
- Measurements of the most protective to least protective forms of HDL-cholesterol (good cholesterol)
Food Safe Allergy Testing
Has it ever occurred to you that fatigue, weight gain, abdominal discomfort, headaches, even aging skin could be due to a food allergy? Consideration of food allergy is a critical component of any comprehensive approach to good health.
The Food Safe Allergy Test measures your sensitivity to certain foods from an antibody-mediated immune response. The antibody measured in this test is IgG. This test does not measure the dangerous rapid-acting IgE food allergies.
The Food Safe Allergy Test is comprised of these 95 common foods and includes the following categories:
- Grains & Nuts
- Fruits & Vegetables
Phospholipase A2 Testing
Phospholipase A2 testing predicts risk for acute coronary heart disease and ischemic stroke associated with arterial plaques (atherosclerosis). This test measures Lp-PLA2, an enzyme that promotes inflammation inside the arteries, leading to the formation of unstable, rupture-prone plaques.
The test is called the PLAC® test. It is different from standard cholesterol tests and blood tests for inflammation because Lp-PLA2 is a specific cardiovascular risk factor that provides unique information about the stability of arterial plaques.
Unstable arterial plaques can rupture, leading to an acute heart attack or stroke. An elevated blood level of Lp-PLA2 increases your risk for coronary heart disease and ischemic stroke.