Dr. Michael Wald, aka, The Blood Detective’s Top 10 Lab Test Picks for Children

1.     Vitamin D, B12, C – energy, tissue repair, cancer, diabetes and heart disease risk More information:

http://www.healthychild.com/vitamin-d-levels

http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/vitamin-b12-deficiency-anemia-exams-and-tests

http://www.livestrong.com/vitamin-c/

2.     Blood lipids – measures total cholesterol, HDL (good cholesterol), LDL (bad cholesterol), and Triglycerides

More information: http://kidshealth.org/parent/system/medical/blood_test_lipid_panel.html

3.     Chemistry – levels of: iron, sodium, potassium, creatinine, glucose, etc.

More information: http://kidshealth.org/parent/general/sick/labtest5.html

4.     Homocysteine – energy, inflammation, immunity and future risk of many diseases.

More information: http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/23/9/1348.full.pdf

5.     CRP—indicates inflammation, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc. indicator

More information: http://kidshealth.org/parent/system/medical/test_crp.html

6.     HgA1c Diabetes screen – blood sugar control/diabetes

More information: http://www.cpnonline.org/CRS/CRS/pa_hemoa1c_pep.htm

7.     Ferritin level – evaluates iron level in the blood – iron overload/inflammation

More information: http://kidshealth.org/parent/system/medical/test_ferritin.html

8.   Gluten intolerance antibody test – for those with strange health problems and gut issues

More information:  http://glutenintoleranceschool.com/gluten-intolerance-in-children/

9.   Body composition testing – percentage of body fat, water, muscle & metabolic rate

More information: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2082845/

10.  TSH – free T3 and T4 – metabolic rate, weight, thyroid hormone problems

More information: http://kidshealth.org/parent/system/medical/test_tsh.html

Posted on October 8, 2012 and filed under Bounce, Editorial by Dr- Wald.