We encourage all adults to consider these important tests. Even if you do not have any of the conditions listed below, these tests will provide baseline measurements should any of these or other oxidative stress-related conditions develop in the future. Three tests included in our FeGGT LifePro™ panel, Serum Ferritin (SF), Transferrin Saturation % (TS%) and gamma glutamyltransferase (GGT), will provide information you are not likely to already have. Recent scientific evidence developed only over the last decade has shown that trends in the movement of any one of these measures can provide insight to what's happening inside your body. And movements in these measures over time, whether down or up can be interpreted to signal improved or diminished overall heath risk.
If you are healthy today, FeGGT LifePro™ will provide important baseline measurements for each test. Keep these measures as part of your health record. They will provide baseline information to help evaluate future changes in your health. If test results show biochemical imbalances that indicate health risks, unsafe measures can normally be safely corrected without the use of prescription drugs and invasive surgical procedures. Elevated risk measures can be reduced with little more than well-accepted dietary alterations in the case of elevated GGT, or blood donation or therapeutic phlebotomy when elevated SF and/or elevated TS% are confirmed as indications of iron overload. SF and TS% can also indicate low iron stores or iron deficiency. These low-iron conditions can generally be corrected by increasing the intake of foods such as red meats that contain greater amounts of highly bio-available heme iron.
These strategies can lower biochemical risk markers and help avert disease onset, arrest disease development and can remediate some existing disease conditions. Importantly, in the majority of cases, measurable results can be realized quickly. The greatest risk reductions and health improvement can be achieved by those exhibiting the highest risk levels at time of testing.
We strongly urge all adults who have been diagnosed with one or more of the following conditions or risk factors to order our expanded, Premier FeGGT LifePro™ panel. You and your care provider will then be equipped with an understanding of what's affected your health, and in what direction treatment strategies should be focused to avoid further disease progression and potentially fatal consequences.
Baseline Risk Scoring for Established Risk Factors
The Mayo Clinic describes metabolic syndrome as a combination of three or more of five risk factors. Their description follows: "Having metabolic syndrome means you have three or more disorders related to your metabolism at the same time, including:"
- "Obesity, with your body fat concentrated around your waist (having an "apple shape"). For a metabolic syndrome diagnosis, obesity is defined by having a waist circumference of 40 inches (102 centimeters or cm) or more for men and 35 inches (89 cm) or more for women, although waist circumference cutoff points can vary by race."
- "Increased blood pressure, meaning a systolic (top number) blood pressure measurement of 130 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) or more or a diastolic (bottom number) blood pressure measurement of 85 mm Hg or more.
- "High blood sugar level, with a fasting blood glucose test result of 100 milligrams/deciliter (mg/dL), or 5.6 millimoles per liter (mmol/L), or more."
- "High cholesterol, with a level of the blood fat called triglycerides of 150 mg/dL, (1.7 millimoles/liter or mmol/L) or more."
- "And a level of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol — the "good" cholesterol — of less than 40 mg/dL (1.04 mmol/L) for men or 50 mg/dL (1.3 mmol/L) for women."
Baseline Risk Scoring: Score 0 to 10 Risk Point Maximum
Add 1 Risk Point to FeGGT LifePro™ blood test score for each metabolic syndrome risk factor up to 5 Risk Points maximum (for individuals with all 5 risk factors).
Then add 1 Risk Point (up to 5) for each of any of the following conditions:
Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) or heart disease - 1 Risk Point
Any liver disease - 1 Risk Point
Pre-diabetes or diabetes - 1 Risk Point
A hip, knee or ankle replacement before age 65 - 1 Risk Point
Loss of libido (sex drive), and/or impotency before age 60 - 1 Risk Point
Premature menopause (either natural or surgical) - 1 Risk Point
Unusual and recurrent levels of weakness, fatigue and/or depression - 1 Risk Point
Total Baseline Risk Scoring:
Add all Baseline Risk Points to a maximum of 10 Baseline Risks Points. Then add total Baseline Risk Score (i.e., a number 0 to 10) to your FeGGT LifePro™ blood test score on our Health Risk Scoring page.
We anticipate that if you are able to reduce an maintain SF, TS% and GGT to within or near the lowest 25% of the "normal" laboratory range indicated in your lab test results, you will achieve a measurable improvement in these and other disease risk factors including insulin resistance, elevated liver aminotransferases and hypertension, among others. Our strategies are not aimed at weight reduction or increased exercise; but if those are suggested by your care provider, additional health benefits can be achieved.
Those with the high GGT and high total risks scores can expect to achieve the greatest reduction in overall risk by following a nutrient dense diet, rich in natural antioxidants. And for those with high-iron test results, rapid improvement can be gained by reducing iron levels, either through blood donation or therapeutic phlebotomy. Individuals with moderate to significant iron overload will accelerate iron reduction by limiting consumption of red and processed meat and by increasing the amounts of nutrient dense foods including various nuts, fruits, vegetables and legumes (even peanut butter). Additional improvements can be gained by increasing the consumption of coffee, cocoa, and tea. All of these foods sources are rich in natural antioxidants and other protective nutrients.
You can read the science behind these recommendations on the following pages of our web site:
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