Nutrient Deficiency - What do These Lab Tests Mean?


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Happy functional medicine Friday, Dr. Julie McLaughlin here from McLaughlin care. We're gonna be talking about another lab test panel, the deficiency panel. If you missed some of our previous ones, be sure to check 'em out in our playlist on YouTube at McLaughlin care. And we have all kinds of videos on there for you.

The deficiency panel. So we're gonna talk about some blood tests that we do that look for different deficiencies. Deficiencies can also be called anemia. We look at B12 and folic acid. Both of these supplements are water soluble and the leading nutrient deficiency in the world.

In 2004, a study came out that said many parts of the world, including US, India, Mexico, central America, south America and Africa have the highest amount of deficiencies for these nutrients. Folic acid is also known as B9 and it's really important for sensitizing DNA, producing new cells, supporting your nerves, brain and your immune function and the conversion of folic into folate is dependent on a gene called M T H F R.

Sometimes if we have that gene and we can't convert it, we have a little problem so we always wanna look for that. With your B12, we want to have that greater than 900, and on the lab forms those are really the deficiency ranges. They're testing people who are not supplemented. So if you have a really high B12, it's totally good because it's water soluble. You're not going to be going crazy with it, but it's gonna be utilized every single day in your body.

When we look at the folic acid, we really want it greater than 20. And the folic acid helps us with our brain and our nervous system so these are really important. And these two vitamins deficiencies can also be called pernicious anemia. So we don't wanna have an anemia where we're deficient in our blood.

Some of the other things we're gonna look at is our vitamin D. And we know the vitamin D is huge. It supports our immune system, our heart, our bones, our brain, and it even can help with cancer spreading prevention, specifically melanoma, which is interesting, cuz we all say we get a lot of vitamin D from the sun. But really we're not getting as much as we think. Unless you're supplementing, you're probably deficient. The range that we like to see this in is between 60 and 80.

Some people just barely getting over into the range at 30, 31. They think that they have enough. But really you wanna be in this better range. And then on the other side, you don't wanna go too high. If you go too high, you can have a risk of getting kidney stones. So I would recommend getting your vitamin D checked regularly because it is something that different people absorb and hold onto vitamin D differently. And you don't know unless you test right.

The next one we're gonna look at is CoQ10 and we want it greater than 1.4. CoQ10 is probably one of my favorite supplements. It gives us energy and it's great for the heart. It's great for anti aging and magnesium. Magnesium, we want between 2.2 and 2.6 and it supports our brain, muscles, bone, and heart function. We'll do another video coming up on the different types of magnesium there's seven different types. And we'll talk about that a little bit later.

Let's talk about the benefits of vitamin D. It's gonna aid in weight loss and belly fat reduction, right? That's an awesome benefit. So immune system risks of cold and flu are reduced with it. It's gonna reduce your risk of osteoporosis, especially if we combine it with something called K2, another vitamin. It's been very beneficial in building bone and it doesn't have the risk that the calcium has that we now know about of hardening in the arteries and plaquing if you're taking too much calcium.

It's also great for heart health. It helps with our cholesterol. It helps preven