Labs and testing

At Rebel Health, we are committed to going beyond traditional medicine to deliver the most optimal care plan for your individual needs. To do this, we need to have a comprehensive understanding of your health.

This requires an in-depth look at your vitals, lab work, and various types of imaging.

Your commitment to obtaining these tests in the first two months of treatment will determine our clinicians’ ability to help you reach your health goals in the months to come.

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Vitals

Your health is more than meets the eye. Measuring vitals provides invaluable insights into your overall well-being, acting as a gateway to unlocking your body’s full potential.

We look at a comprehensive range of vital signs and gather information. Since we are a virtual-only practice, we will ask you to obtain certain wearables or devices that can help track these metrics while being measured in the comfort of your own home.

These tests include:

Body temperature (F): Measures your body’s temperature to identify abnormalities in heat regulation, providing crucial clues about infections or other underlying conditions.

Pulse (bpm): Determining your pulse rate helps us assess the rhythm and strength of your heartbeat. It aids in evaluating your cardiovascular health and can indicate any irregularities or signs of stress on your heart.

Blood pressure (mmHg): Monitoring your blood pressure allows us to assess the force exerted by blood against your artery walls. This measurement helps identify potential hypertension (high blood pressure) or hypotension (low blood pressure), which are important indicators of cardiovascular health.

Respiratory rate (bpm): Evaluating your respiratory rate provides insight into your breathing patterns and lung function. It helps us identify any potential respiratory issues or abnormalities. Height (in) and Weight (lbs): Measuring your height and weight allows us to calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI is an indicator of your body composition and assists in assessing your risk for certain health conditions associated with weight.

Minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) per week: Tracking your physical activity levels helps us assess your overall fitness and determine if you’re meeting the recommended guidelines for exercise. It serves as a valuable metric for your cardiovascular health and well-being.

Lab Work

We go beyond the surface to provide a deeper understanding of your health through comprehensive lab work. These tests provide information on your body’s inner workings, enabling us to diagnose, monitor, and guide your healthcare journey with precision.

We review a wide array of tests to gain an understanding of every aspect of your health.

Fundamental Tests:

CBC with differential: Complete Blood Count with differential measures different components of blood, such as red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets, providing valuable information about overall blood health and potential infections or abnormalities.

Prostate-specific antigen: Tests for the level of prostate-specific antigen, which can be elevated in prostate conditions, including cancer, helps to detect and monitor prostate health in patients.

Hepatitis acute panel: Detects the presence of acute hepatitis infection by checking for specific antibodies and viral antigens, enabling early diagnosis and appropriate treatment for patients with hepatitis.

Vitamin D: Measures the level of vitamin D in the blood, important for bone health and overall well-being, allowing patients to assess their vitamin D status and take necessary steps to maintain optimal levels.

Uric Acid: Measures the level of uric acid in the blood, high levels of which can be associated with gout or kidney problems, aiding in the diagnosis and management of conditions related to uric acid metabolism.

C-reactive protein high sensitivity and Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate: Assesses the level of CRP and ESR, an indicator of systemic inflammation and cardiovascular disease risk, helping patients and healthcare providers identify potential inflammation-related health issues and manage them proactively.

Cystatin C: Evaluates kidney function by measuring the level of cystatin C, a protein filtered by the kidneys, offering valuable insights into kidney health and detecting potential renal dysfunction.

Ferritin: Measures the level of ferritin, a protein that stores iron in the body, providing information about iron levels, inflammation, and insulin resistance, aiding in the diagnosis and monitoring of conditions related to iron metabolism.

Fibrinogen Activity: Assesses the functional activity of fibrinogen, a protein involved in blood clotting, helping to evaluate the risk of excessive bleeding or abnormal blood clot formation in patients.

Urinalysis w/microscopic exam and culture: Analyzes the physical and chemical properties of urine, checks for the presence of microorganisms, and identifies any abnormalities, serving as a valuable tool for diagnosing urinary tract infections, kidney diseases, and other urinary system disorders.

Omega 3’s and 6’s: Evaluates the levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, important for heart health and overall well-being, enabling patients to assess their essential fatty acid profile and make dietary adjustments if necessary.

Lyme: Tests for the presence of antibodies to the bacteria that cause Lyme disease, assisting in the early diagnosis and treatment of this tick-borne infection.

TSH and free T4: Tests thyroid function by measuring levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) and free thyroxine (T4), helping to evaluate thyroid function and diagnose thyroid disorders.

Free T3: Tests the level of free triiodothyronine, an active thyroid hormone, providing insights into thyroid function and metabolism.

Reverse T3: Measures the level of reverse triiodothyronine, a thyroid hormone that can indicate thyroid dysfunction, assisting in the assessment of thyroid health and identifying potential abnormalities.

Thyroid antibodies (TgAb + TPO): Checks for the presence of antibodies that may indicate autoimmune thyroid disorders, such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, aiding in the diagnosis and management of thyroid-related autoimmune conditions.

FSH + LH: Evaluates the levels of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH), which play a role in reproductive health, providing valuable information about hormonal balance and fertility.

Free + total testosterone: Measures the amount of testosterone in the blood, an important hormone for both men and women, helping to assess hormone levels and diagnose conditions related to testosterone imbalance.

Estradiol: Assesses the level of estradiol, a form of estrogen, which is crucial for various aspects of reproductive health, aiding in the evaluation of hormonal balance and diagnosing conditions related to estrogen levels

Progesterone: Measures the level of progesterone, a hormone involved in the menstrual cycle and pregnancy, providing insights into reproductive health and assisting in the diagnosis and management of hormonal disorders.

Sex Hormone-binding Globulin: Evaluates the amount of sex hormone-binding globulin, which binds to hormones like testosterone and estrogen, helping to assess the balance and availability of sex hormones in the body.

DHEA-S: Measures the level of dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate, a hormone produced by the adrenal glands that can reflect adrenal function, providing information about adrenal health and hormone production.

Cortisol: Tests the level of cortisol, a hormone released in response to stress and involved in various bodily processes, assisting in the evaluation of adrenal function and stress response.

Leptin: Assesses the level of leptin, a hormone involved in appetite regulation and energy balance, providing insights into metabolic health and potential imbalances in appetite control.

Insulin: Tests the level of insulin, a hormone responsible for regulating blood sugar levels, aiding in the diagnosis and management of diabetes and insulin resistance.

Metabolic health:

Comprehensive + Basic metabolic panel: Evaluates various aspects of metabolism, including electrolyte levels, kidney function, liver function, and blood sugar, providing a comprehensive overview of metabolic health and identifying potential imbalances or abnormalities.

Lipid panel: Measures various types of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood, used to assess cardiovascular health, assisting in the evaluation of lipid profile and determining the risk of heart disease.

Lipoprotein A: Measures the level of lipoprotein A in the blood, which is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, helping to identify individuals at higher risk and implement appropriate preventative measures.

Apolipoprotein B: Measures the level of apolipoprotein B, a protein found in LDL cholesterol particles and associated with cardiovascular disease risk, aiding in the assessment of cardiovascular health and risk stratification.

NMR lipo-profile w/ insulin resistance markers: Provides a comprehensive analysis of lipoprotein particles and insulin resistance markers, offering insights into cardiovascular health and metabolic syndrome, and assisting in the assessment of cardiovascular risk and metabolic dysfunction.

Hemoglobin A1c w/ eAG: Measures average blood sugar levels over the past 2-3 months, used to diagnose and monitor diabetes, providing a long-term view of blood sugar control and aiding in diabetes management.

Fructosamine: Provides information about average blood sugar levels over the past few weeks, complementing other measures of glycemic control and aiding in diabetes monitoring.

Homocysteine: Measures the level of homocysteine, an amino acid that can be associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, helping to identify individuals at higher risk and implement appropriate preventive measures.

IGF-1: Measures the level of insulin-like growth factor 1, which plays a role in growth and development, assisting in the evaluation of growth disorders and monitoring hormone-related conditions.

Imaging

We harness the power of advanced imaging technology to provide an unparalleled look into your health. Imaging serves as a window into your body’s structure, composition, and function, helping us detect, diagnose, and monitor a wide range of health concerns.

We consider the following scans in the creation of your treatment plan:

DEXA scan: Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry is a precise, non-invasive scan that measures bone mineral density. This scan aids in the diagnosis and monitoring of osteoporosis, a condition characterized by reduced bone strength and increased fracture risk. DEXA scans also provide valuable information about body composition, including fat mass and lean mass.

Coronary Artery Calcium (CAC) scan: This specialized scan evaluates the presence and extent of calcium deposits in the coronary arteries. By assessing the amount of calcified plaque, we can estimate your risk for coronary artery disease (CAD) and evaluate the overall health of your heart. CAC scans are particularly useful in identifying early signs of heart disease, enabling timely intervention and prevention.

Fibrosure scan: If needed, we will request Fibrosure scans, which assess liver fibrosis and liver cirrhosis non-invasively. This scan can help assess liver health and aids in diagnosing and monitoring various liver conditions, including hepatitis, fatty liver disease, and liver fibrosis.

Additional tests will be used to understand your body’s performance and metabolic processes. This provides a comprehensive understanding of your fitness level and energy expenditure.

Additional tests include:

VO2 max: The VO2 max test measures your maximum oxygen consumption during intense exercise. It serves as an indicator of your cardiovascular fitness and endurance capacity. By assessing your VO2 max, we can determine your overall aerobic fitness level and tailor exercise programs to enhance your cardiovascular health.

Basal metabolic rate (BMR): Basal metabolic rate represents the number of calories your body requires at rest to maintain essential functions, such as breathing and organ function. Determining your BMR helps us understand your unique metabolic needs and assists in designing personalized nutrition and weight management plans.

Genetic Profile: We work with an industry-leading genetic and epigenetic profile manufacturer that will provide your team with invaluable information on your individualized DNA sequence to understand how certain lifestyles, medications, or foods may impact your overall health. This powerful adjunct to your overall testing will allow for a much more comprehensive and in-depth understanding of your overall biology.

Note: Your doctor and team will review your case and may suggest specialized testing based on your unique profile. These may include testing for vitamin and mineral levels, heavy metal levels, adrenal and cortisol levels, omega 3’s and 6’s, uric acid, and more. If you have any questions or requests, please discuss them with your Wellness Coach and Physician. Tests relating to gut health, infectious diseases,┬ádeeper hormone panels, or any other tests your clinician deems necessary, may also be requested.

Your Wellness Coach will be with you every step of the way

We understand that undergoing comprehensive testing can be daunting. That’s why your Wellness Coach will guide you through your journey with Rebel Health, especially in your first two months. They will be there to answer all of your questions or concerns and provide support as you begin to understand your health on a new level.

Knowledge is power! We look forward to harnessing the insights gained from these tests to empower you to take charge of your health.