Advanced Nutritional Testing is Now Available at Defy Medical

Advanced Nutritional Testing is Now Available at Defy Medical

Defy Medical now works with Genova Diagnostics to provide advanced testing for nutrients, vitamins, amino-acids, and other important biological markers. These tests can be administered in the comfort of our office. Many of the tests can also be administered conveniently at home and include all instructions and shipping materials to send your specimen for analysis. Here is a selection of tests which are popular with some of our patients:

Fat-Soluble Vitamins Profile

Vitamins are essential for normal growth, development, and function of our cells, and they also help keep oxidative stress low. Fat-soluble vitamins attach to lipids so that the body can store them for later use. The Fat-Soluble Vitamins Profile is a great tool to gain and overall perspective of your health, nutrient processing, and dietary insufficiencies

Assessing Fat-Soluble Vitamin Levels is essential in patients with the following conditions:

  • Impaired Immune function
  • Recurring infections
  • Nuerological disease
  • Impaired digestion and absorption
  • Heart disease
  • Osteopenia and osteoporosis
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Increased oxidative stress
  • Poor dietary intake

It has been demonstrated that fat-soluable vitamins have many more functions than previously known, and suboptimal status has been linked to several diseases.

- R. Blomhoff, Fat-soluble vitamins in clinical practice, 1995

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Amino-Acid Profile

Amino Acids make up proteins found in every tissue of the body. They play a major role in nearly every chemical process that affects both physical and mental function. They also have more diverse functions than any other nutrient group, including cellular energy production, formation of antibodies, ligaments, tendons, bones, and more. Defy Medical offers three testing options: plasma, urine, and bloodspot.

Factors that May Impact Amino Acid Testing;

  • Aging
  • Depression
  • Chronic Stress
  • vLow Protein Diets
  • Poor digestion
  • Toxic Chemical Exposure
  • Improper use of medications such as antacids or acid blockers.

Although free form amino acids are only a very small proportion of the body’s total mass of amino acids, they are very important for the nutritional and metabolic control of the body’s proteins.

- Institute of Medicine (2005)

A non-invasive alternative to a blood draw, the Bloodspot assay can determine essential amino acid imbalances. The test kit is simple enough for the patient to use at home.

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Fatty-Acid Profile

The Fatty Acid Profile shows the balance of fats and metabolites in plasma. Your overall balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fats is represented by measurement of acid ratios. Balanced fatty acid levels are essential for optimal health. Fatty acid profiles are also an ideal way to track progress or response to a treatment, show varying patterns identifying essential fatty acid excess or deficiency, signs of insulin resistance, elevated level of triglycerides (fatty acids compounds), pro-inflammation or omega-3 dominance.

Signs/symptoms of essential fatty acid deficiency (put these bullet points in pairs of two to save room):

  • Small bumps on back of upper arms
  • Thick or cracked calluses
  • Dandruff
  • Dry, dull, brittle hair
  • Brittle fingernails
  • Dry eyes
  • Dry mouth/throat
  • Inadequate vaginal lubrication
  • Depression
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Premenstrual breast pain/ tenderness
  • Excessive ear wax
  • Excessive thirst
  • Allergies
  • Crave fats/fatty foods
  • Stiff or painful joints
  • Dry skin/ discoloration

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Cardiovascular Health Profile

Evaluating cholesterol levels to adequately assess and modify your risk for developing cardiovascular disease is not enough to maintain a healthy heart. While cholesterol and cholesterol fractions inform us about the status of your blood lipids, the Cardiovascular Health Profile goes beyond blood lipid markers to include markers of nutrition, oxidative damage, inflammation and hormone imbalances. Innovative new markers—chronic inflammatory markers combined with lipoprotein factors—provide a more complete assessment of your cardiovascular disease risk.

What factors contribute to cardiovascular disease?

  • High blood pressure
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Physical inactivity
  • Obesity and overweight
  • Diabetes (Type 2)
  • Increasing age
  • Male gender
  • Race

Heart Disease Risk Is More Than High Cholesterol

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OrganixSM Profiles

The Organix Profiles measure many vitamin compounds that provide evidence of your need for virtually all B-vitamins. Also included are organic acids produced by intestinal bacteria and yeasts, as well as products of detoxification. The Organix profiles will also help assess specific metabolic dysfunctions that are used to customize a nutritional program to help you manage those areas in need of support. This allows an approach that treats the cause of disease, not just the symptoms. The goal is to identify dysfunctions related to nutritional deficiencies and correct them before disease is allowed to develop.

From a single urine specimen, the OrganixSM Profiles provide important information for treating the following conditions and more:

  • Anxiety
  • Attention and memory disorders
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Bloating and gas
  • Blood sugar dysregulation
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Dermatitis
  • Ear, nose, and throat symptoms
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Hypertension
  • Liver Disease
  • Mood changes
  • Multiple chemical sensitivity
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Nausea
  • Reflux
  • Sleep abnormalities
  • Weight gain

Identifying and Managing the Cause of Chronic Illness

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Adrenal Stress Profile

Are You experiencing chronic stress?

The Adrenal Stress Profiles use a non-invasive salivary procedure to monitor the activity of the adrenal cortex and its ability to react to stress. The procedure monitors the rhythmic biological cycles recurring at 24-hour intervals of cortisol and DHEA-S levels. When the Adrenal Stress Profile indicates an inappropriate hormonal stress response, it is necessary to consider stress reduction through diet and lifestyle modification, and nutritional supplementation to support adrenal gland activity and enhance the restoration of the physical barrier in the gut.

Diseases and conditions associated with chronic stress:

  • Anxiety
  • Back pain
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Celiac disease
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Depression
  • Hypoglycemia
  • High blood pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Migraine headaches
  • Obesity
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Ulcers
  • Weak immune system

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