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    Mother in law is a lab tech, what labs should I request?

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    She's going to take our blood this weekend and run our bloodwork for us.

    I'm planning to ask for a VAP test if available, and I would like vitamin d levels but I'm not sure what test specifically to ask for. I have to be pretty specific with her. Any suggestions?

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    • Total Testosterone
    • Bioavailable Testosterone (AKA "Free and Loosely Bound")
    • Free Testosterone (if Bioavailable T is unavailable)
    • DHT
    • Estradiol (specify the Extraction Method, or "sensitive" assay for
    males)
    • LH
    • FSH
    • Prolactin

    D is 25-hydroxy-D or 25-OH-D. A serum B12 and ferritin would be wise.

    Free T3 and Free T4 wouldn't hurt, if for no other reason than to have a base line for future reference. Same with CRP, Am (free) cortisol, DHEA, progesterone, and if you're doing a Free T3, a Reverse T3 would be a good check to see what happening with your metabolism.

    Those are my go-to tests, anyway, FWIW. Throw in a CBC and a chem panel, and you have a very good idea of what's happening under the surface, be it good or bad.

    (remember that lab ranges are statistically derived, based on standard deviations, not optimal levels. Do you want to be normal, or optimal?)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eklecktika View Post
    ..... Do you want to be normal, or optimal?)
    I want to be a motherf**king ninja!




    Thanks for the list, I'll copy it down and see what she can do. I feel a little bad asking her to run that many, so I might cut it down a little. The testosterone would be cool, I didn't even think about that. Glad you mentioned it.

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    The T's, Estradiol, D, B12, and Free's would be my trimmed down pick. If they're off, then you can continue searching.
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    Exactly.
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