The Thyroid Check PLUS blood panel tests for and reports on the following:
TSH, FT4, FT3, TT4, Reverse T3, Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies, Thyroglobulin Antibodies, Ferritin, Folate, Vitamin B12 (NOT ACTIVE B12), C Reactive Protein, Vitamin D (25 OH), Insulin, HbA1c, Magnesium – all of which offer an excellent overall view of thyroid health and status.
- HbA1C (also called glycated haemoglobin, haemoglobin A1C, or simply A1C): This test measures your blood glucose concentration, and the higher the number, the greater your risk of diabetes-related symptoms. It differs from a blood glucose test, which only shows blood glucose level at the time of testing. Your HbA1C reading, which reflects your average over a period of two to three months, is more reliable.
- Insulin levels: A hormone made by the pancreas, insulin is vital to the transport and cellular storage of glucose from carbohydrates in the food you eat. Once in the cells, glucose is broken down to produce energy. People with insulin resistance are unable to use insulin effectively. As a result, cells are unable to take in glucose, so it builds up in the blood. If blood glucose measures higher than normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes, it is referred to as prediabetes. If untreated, prediabetes can progress to type 2 diabetes.
- Magnesium: The role of magnesium has been vastly underestimated. It’s found in 300 different enzymatic actions, including those that regulate blood glucose. Low levels of magnesium contribute to diabetes, but the reverse is also true: Diabetes contributes to low magnesium. If you have diabetes or prediabetes, it’s vitally important to get enough magnesium, which plays an important role in treating or preventing type 2 diabetes and improving insulin resistance.
By investigating insulin levels, HbA1C levels, and magnesium levels it may provide a further insight into typical thyroid symptoms and feelings of low energy and fatigue as well as looking at blood glucose status and risk.
- This blood test is not available as a ‘finger prick’ option
- Your postal kit includes a professional vacutainer kit with instructions for a blood draw plus return postage envelope
- Please refer to the specific instructions in your pack
- The Thyroid Check PLUS requires Fasting, minimum 8 hours, maximum 12 hours
- Bloods must be posted back after being drawn to be received by labs next day
- Must be received by lab next day
- Turnaround time 2 – 3 weeks and results will be delivered to you by email