Ferritin

On May 11, 2010, in Minerals, Tests, by Andrea

Ferritin is another iron blood test used to determine iron stores.  It is used in conjunction with additional  iron tests to determine overall iron status, as well as supplement efficacy.

Over time, ferritin levels can show how well the body is storing iron, and utilizing that iron.  It is a useful tool, especially when looking at trends.

Ranges given are simply given as a point of reference.  Your lab may use slightly different lab values.  Adapt as necessary.

This is a fasting test.  Mornings are best.

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Osteocalcin

On May 10, 2010, in Minerals, Tests, by Andrea

Osteocalcin is one of those strange labs that we recommend that no one seems to know what it is — including, I think, some of the docs that may or may not actually order it.

Because it is one of the more obscure labs, many docs will not actually run it for you, but let’s go over it to explain what it is, why it’s important, and why it’s gaining ground in the lab-work field.

Remember that ranges are just that — ranges.  Nothing is set in stone, and each lab sets their own range.  Your mileage may vary.

This is a fasting test.

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48:15

On May 8, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

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Well, I made it to tell the tale.

I have survived my first 5k – 48 min, 15 seconds.

While it’s not a spectacular time?  It’s a time none-the-less.  It’s better than the time done by all the people who didn’t bother to get out of bed, and it was more than 10 minutes faster than the last place finishers.  So that’s something I suppose.

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5k Virgin

On May 7, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

My new kicks

I’ve decided to run my first 5k tomorrow morning.

Wish me luck.

Iron, TIBC, and Iron Sat %

On May 7, 2010, in Minerals, Tests, by Andrea

It seems people really have trouble understanding iron.  I get it — iron is confusing all to hell.  There’s lots of things that I look at when I am evaluating iron status.  I look at things from the CBC (HCT, HGB, MCH, MCHC, RDW), things from a Hemogram, things from the TIBC, and a Ferritin level.  Sometimes?  I even look at a protein score.  So yes, very, very confusing.

Ranges given are simply given as a point of reference from MY laboratory.  Your lab may use slightly different lab values.  Adapt as necessary.

Many labs consider this a fasting test – but not all.  At the very least, it is best drawn in the morning.

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