The C-Reactive Protein (CRP) Blood Test Use CRP to keep track of infections and diseases that cause inflammation, such as:
- Diseases of the immune system,
such as lupus.
- Painful swelling of the blood
vessels in the head and neck (giant cell arteritis).
- Painful swelling of the
tissues that line the joints (rheumatoid
- Swelling and bleeding of the intestines (inflammatory bowel disease).
- Infection of a bone (osteomyelitis).
- CRP levels normally rise within 2 to 6 hours of surgery and then go down by the third day after surgery. If CRP levels stay elevated 3 days after surgery, an infection may be present.
The Gamma-Glutamyl Transpeptidase (GGT) Blood Test
- Measures the amount of the enzyme GGT in your blood. Enzymes are molecules that are necessary for chemical reactions in your body.
- GGT functions in the body as a transport molecule, helping to move other molecules around the body. It plays a significant role in helping the liver metabolize drugs and other toxins. GGT is concentrated in the liver, but is also present in the gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, and kidneys.
- GGT blood levels are usually high when the liver is damaged and not functioning properly.
The Anti-Gliadin Antibodies Test (AGA) and the Deamidated Gliadin Antibodies Test (DGA)
- These tests determine the presence or absence of antibodies for gluten. A positive AGA or ADGA test indicates active Celiac disease or developing but silent Celiac disease where no noticeable intestinal damage has occurred .
DHEA and Testosterone level testing
- Testing these secondary hormones is important to determine whether stress and lifestyle choices are depleting the functioning of the adrenals for producing cortisol (a primary life sustaining hormone). People with poor functioning adrenals are at a higher risk of developing an autoimmune disease. Cortisol production is a crucial component of the stress response and the immune system does not work properly when it is dysfunctional.