Blood markers to test

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Regarding blood markers to test, and recommend a range of essential biomarkers for assessing overall health and specific conditions.

Dr. Casey Means' Recommended Blood Markers:

  1. ApoB - Important for cardiovascular health
  2. Uric Acid - Indicator of gout and kidney health
  3. Fasting Insulin - Crucial for understanding metabolic functions
  4. HOMA (Homeostatic Model Assessment) - Measuring insulin resistance
  5. Iron Levels - Key for detecting anemia and other conditions
  6. hsCRP (high-sensitivity C-Reactive Protein) - Marker for inflammation
  7. Liver Function Tests (GGT) - Assessing liver health

Andrew Huberman's Recommended Blood Markers:

  1. IGF-1 (Insulin-like Growth Factor 1) - Linked to growth hormone levels
  2. Testosterone - Important for both men and women
  3. Estrogen - Present as estradiol in tests, relevant for both genders
  4. Free Testosterone - Measures unbound testosterone
  5. Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) - Important for androgenic activity
  6. Cortisol - Should be checked in the morning, fasted
  7. Creatinine - Monitors kidney function, consider creatine intake
  8. LDL Cholesterol - Key cardiovascular risk factor
  9. ApoB - Another cardiovascular marker
  10. Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) - Relevant for hormone transport
  11. Progesterone and Prolactin - Especially important for women

For women, it's crucial to time these tests according to the menstrual cycle (mid-follicular or mid-luteal phase) for consistency. This helps accurately measure hormonal fluctuations and related health insights 1 2.

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