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Why You DON’T Want Your Labs To Be “Normal”

The New ‘Normal’

Your lab results come back, and you’re told, “everything is normal”. Good news? You bet! Insightful? Not so much. Like music preferences and daily routines, ‘normal’ can vary from person to person. At Village Osteopath, we believe your normal health should be optimized.

 For example, many people tested for thyroid function fall in the lab’s ‘normal reference range’, but did you know that this reference range varies from lab to lab? Three commonly used labs have normal TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, see below) ranges at, 0.35-4.94, 0.45-4.50, and 0.40-4.20 mcU/mL. Also, there is a ton of disagreement between what is considered ‘normal’. These two factors indicate that many people may be living with sub-optimal thyroid function, but have not been diagnosed. People suffering from hypothyroidism typically experience more pain, which is why Dr. Nall uses additional testing to ensure a patient’s levels are optimized, which corresponds to more energy, increased calorie burning, and decreased levels of pain. 

Your best bet for accurately interpreting confusing lab results as they pertain to your health is to take the time to schedule to review your results and symptoms with a doctor.

Doc Time

Taking the time to discuss your results with a healthcare provider is a key step to understanding your labs and how you can improve your health and quality of life. We may all have busy schedules, but setting 15-30 minutes aside once or twice a year can be extremely beneficial to your health. During this time, you are granted an all-access pass to the doctor’s knowledge, and have his or her complete attention to offer advice, education, and interpretation of your results. Phone and email follow up are two ways Village Osteopath works to provide convenient healthcare to our patients, but there is no replacement for face-to-face time with a doc.

I Need Knowledge, Stat!

Here is a quick run-down of three common lab tests. At Village Osteopath, we focus on a whole-person approach to health care, thus lab tests are frequently used to identify underlying causes of your health issues.

Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) – TSH helps regulate your thyroid. Over or under-active thyroid results in conditions known as hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism, respectively. Symptoms of these conditions can include anxiety, fatigue, depression, increased levels of pain, and weight fluctuations. Thyroid function can be improved through diet by incorporating seafood, eggs, and foods that contain iodine. Remember that falling within the ‘normal’ lab range doesn’t mean that your levels are optimized.

Vitamin D Low D can be a cause of fatigue, especially in Indiana where long winters can prevent us from getting our natural dose of D from the sun. Vitamin D also helps the body absorb calcium, and low levels could put you at risk for osteoporosis and osteomalacia. Vitamin D toxicity can occur, and the only way to find out if you need more D, and how much you need, is by running a serum test through your doc.

Cholesterol/Lipid Panels –This lipid panel measures the amount of ‘good’ HDL and ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol in your blood. The AHA gives a basic interpretation of your results. Measuring the size and amount of the LDL and HDL particles using a NMR LipoProfile® test gives a more detailed look at your risk for atherosclerosis that traditional lipid panels do not reflect. The NMR LipoProfile test is the preferred test for routine lipid screenings done at Village Osteopath. 

If you’d like to learn how we can help you maximize, not normalize, your health, be sure to schedule your appointment with Dr. Nall.

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Village Osteopath
15510 Herriman Blvd
Noblesville, IN 46060
(317) 491-5272
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