At Aria Integrative Medicine, we utilize specialized diagnostic lab testing as part of the personalized quality care provided to all of our patients. Appropriate lab testing can help to diagnose a condition, monitor treatment results, and improve treatment efficacy. Below is a list of the most common lab testing done our our clinic.
Routine Blood Work
Routine blood work is available for all of our patients. Many inflammatory conditions and autoimmune diseases can affect normal body functions such as blood cells, iron stores, blood glucose and liver function. The tests that are commonly run include the following:
- complete blood count (CBC)
- comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP)
- ferritin (iron stores)
- thyroid hormone (T3 and T4) and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH)
- lipid panel (including total cholesterol, LDL, HDL)
- vitamin D
The above list is only a small subset of the routine testing available. All lab testing is available to order at our clinic. Our facility is equip with an in-house lab and all blood work is drawn at our clinic, usually at the time of the appointment.
Lab testing for autoimmune diseases usually requires laboratory markers called auto-antibodies. Different auto-antibodies can indicate whether or not a particular disease is likely to be present. There are other lab tests that are often used to rule out autoimmunity and we offer those as well.
Food Allergy Testing
Food allergies can sometimes be a trigger for autoimmune reactions or chronic inflammation. We use a semi-quantitative allergen-specific ELISA blood test to measure reactions to a number of different foods, spices and inhalants. Once allergens are identified, they can be removed from the diet or environment and symptoms can be reassessed.
Environmental Toxicity Testing
Environmental heavy metals and toxins can build up in our body over time and can cause many different problems, including exacerbating autoimmune diseases. While it can be difficulty to assess past exposure in many people, current testing is able to detect the presence of many metals and toxins in the body from past exposures. Testing depends on the time of exposure, level of exposure and type of exposure.