New Year, New YOU...or simply a better, healthier version of the YOU you want to become.
Resolutions are notorious for not taking off, or at least, not staying the course in our busy lives for long. Whether it's a New Year Resolution or a continuation of goals still being worked on, foundational lab work can be an important piece of the healthcare puzzle.
Everyone online has been talking about semaglutide, or Ozempic, as a weight loss tool...but don't let the name of this month's #LaboftheMonth fool you. You do NOT need to be taking Ozempic to benefit from this set of foundational lab tests. These are the perfect baselines to start your health journey as well as your new year.
The Semaglutide Monitoring Panel includes:
● Complete Blood Count (CBC)- can detect anemia, infection, bleeding disorders, and more
● Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP)- provides information on the body's metabolism and chemical balance, including glucose levels, electrolyte and fluid balance, and kidney and liver function. Semaglutide is known to affect glucose metabolism, so it's essential to monitor these levels and ensure that kidney and liver function are not being adversely affected.
● Lipid Panel- measures your LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, and triglycerides. Knowing the level of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood is crucial in determining the risk of atherosclerosis, which can lead to heart disease. Given that Semaglutide can impact lipid metabolism and promote weight loss, this panel can monitor these changes and track improvements in cardiovascular risk factors.
● Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c)- a valuable measure of the average blood glucose over the past 2-3 months. Since Semaglutide directly affects blood sugar levels, monitoring HgbA1C can give an indication of the medication's effectiveness in managing blood glucose levels over time.
● Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH), Free T3, and Free T4- Thyroid issues can make it difficult to manage your weight. Semaglutide injections may also increase the risk of developing thyroid gland tumors, so it is important to monitor your thyroid hormones while using this medication.
● Vitamin B12- Vitamin B12 is involved in metabolism, red blood cell formation, and more. If you are taking Vitamin B12 supplements while using semaglutide, it is especially important to keep track of your levels.
● Insulin, Fasting- Semaglutide can affect your insulin levels, which play an important role in regulating your blood glucose.
OTHER RELEVANT TESTS
If you’re interested in this panel, you may also want to consider some other panels we offer for a deeper look at your health picture:
● Weight Management Hormone Test Panel
● Basic Nutritional Panel
● Comprehensive Female Panel
● Comprehensive Male Panel
We are offering a discount on this month's lab panel...total cost for lab visit and tests is $130 now thru January 26th.
While we offer WALK IN visits Mondays & Tuesdays, it's always best to call ahead or make your appointment online to ensure our availability. Appointments for labs are welcome Monday-Thursdays, 9-2 PM
When you arrive, please text us at 662-663-1616 before coming in.
We are a small office and do not have a waiting area so to safeguard the privacy and time for each client, we ask you remain in your vehicle until we let you know it's ok to come in. Sometimes appointments take longer than we expect, and while we try our best to keep a schedule, your needs during your appointment are important to us and that may mean we need a little extra time.