Understanding Blood Biomarkers Will Help Improve Health
Overeating and overdrinking during the holidays may affect your health. Understand your blood biomarkers to help you manage your diet, fitness exercises and lifestyle. FriendlyCare helps you get the blood works to monitor your blood chemistry.
BASIC CHEM 8
The Basic CHEM 8 assess for your heart risk, check your kidney function and disease, assessing for metabolic disorders such as diabetes and gout.
CHOLESTEROL TEST can help determine your risk of the buildup of plaques in your arteries that can lead to narrowed or blocked arteries throughout your body
- Total cholesterol. This is a sum of your blood’s cholesterol content.
- Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. This is sometimes called the “bad” cholesterol. Too much of it in your blood causes the buildup of fatty deposits (plaques) in your arteries (atherosclerosis), which reduces blood flow. These plaques sometimes rupture and can lead to a heart attack or stroke.
- High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. This is sometimes called the “good” cholesterol because it helps carry away LDL cholesterol, thus keeping arteries open and your blood flowing more freely.
- Triglycerides. Triglycerides are a type of fat in the blood. When you eat, your body converts any calories it doesn’t need into triglycerides, which are stored in fat cells. High triglyceride levels are associated with several factors, including being overweight, eating too many sweets or drinking too much alcohol, smoking, being sedentary, or having diabetes with elevated blood sugar levels.
- BUN test can reveal whether your urea nitrogen levels are higher than normal, suggesting that your kidneys or liver may not be working properly.
- Creatinine is a chemical waste product that’s produced by your muscle metabolism and to a smaller extent by eating meat. If your kidneys aren’t functioning properly, an increased level of creatinine may accumulate in your blood.
- Fasting Blood Sugar is a test that determines how much sugar is in a blood sample after a period of fasting. This is commonly used to detect and monitor diabetes mellitus.
- Uric acid measurements are used in the diagnosis and treatment of numerous renal and metabolic disorders, including renal failure, gout, leukemia, psoriasis, starvation or other wasting conditions, and of patients receiving cytotoxic drugs.
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