What Lab Testing Do You Need to Start Your Weight Loss Journey?

What laboratory testing is necessary when you start your weight loss journey on a Ketogenic, Low-Carbohydrate, Paleolithic or any other dietary changes?  Why do you need them and what are you looking for?  We discuss these questions and others on today’s PeriScope.  Lots of questions from around the world to day . . . this one lasted a bit longer than normal . . . 45 minutes to be specific.  But it’s a good one because of all of your fantastic questions!  You really don’t want to miss this one.

You can see the video below or watch the video combined with the rolling comments here on Katch.me/docmuscles.

A list of the labs that we discussed are listed below:

  • Fasting insulin with 100 gram 2 or 3 hour glucose tolerance test with insulin assay every hour
  • CMP
  • CBC
  • HbA1c
  • Leptin
  • Adiponectin
  • C-Peptid
  • NMR Liprofile or Cardio IQ test
  • Lipid Panel
  • Urinalysis
  • Microalbumin
  • Apo B
  • C-reactive protein
  • TSH
  • Thyroid panel
  • Thyroid antibodies
  • AM Cortisol

This list will at least get one started, provide the screening necessary to identify insulin resistance (Diabetes In-Situ), Impaired fasting glucose, diabetes and allow for screening for a number of the less common causes of obesity.

I would highly recommend that you get these through your physician’s office so that appropriate follow up can be completed.  These labs will need to be interpreted by your physician, someone who understands and is familiar with various causes of obesity.

Until next time . . .


One Comment on “What Lab Testing Do You Need to Start Your Weight Loss Journey?

  1. I appreciate the information that you provide, but it is extremely frustrating if you feel like you have to answer every question that people ask on periscope. Please try to keep information on topic and ignore “rabbit trail” questions. Please ask people to hold their questions until you are done. That way those of us who are only here to listen to you talk about your topic can leave. Thank you!

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