Bodybuilder Blood Test Panel- Basic
This panel provides smart bodybuilders with information that can help minimize potential short and long-term side effects and risks. This basic bodybuilder panel includes the following gold standard tests/panels: Cystatin C (The only accurate kidney function test for bodybuilders), hematocrit (blood viscosity factor), CMP (glucose, liver & kidney function, and electrolytes), total and free testosterone (LC/MS assay-no upper limit and no interference with anabolics), ultra-sensitive estradiol (The only accurate estradiol test for men), & lipid cholesterol panel. Fasting is required.
This panel provides smart bodybuilders with information that can help minimize potential short and long-term side effects and risks. It includes gold standard tests that do not have interferences. This basic bodybuilder panel includes the following tests/panels:
All androgens like testosterone and AAS can increase red blood cells and their proportion in the blood (hematocrit), increasing blood thickness. This panel is essential since it determines when you reach a hematocrit of 53, the value indicating that blood donation or therapeutic phlebotomy is needed. High hematocrit increases blood thickness which can cause high blood pressure, headaches, and cardiovascular risks.
Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP)
A CMP lab test is used to evaluate several body processes and functions, including:
- Liver and kidney health
- Blood sugar levels
- Blood protein levels
- Acid and base balance
- Fluid and electrolyte balance
- Metabolism (glucose)
- Side effects of some medications
Fasting is required.
Testosterone, Total, LC/MS, and Free (Equilibrium Ultrafiltration) (No Upper Limit and No Interference with Anabolics)
This panel includes total testosterone measured by the most accurate method (LC/MS: liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry), free testosterone percent by equilibrium ultrafiltration, and free testosterone calculated from percent free T. No upper limit, so it is adequate for men on high testosterone or AA doses. The LC/MS assay also prevents interference of anabolics and biotin on testosterone blood levels. Note: This test panel is the most accurate and does not get affected by the presence of anabolics in the blood, unlike the regular ECLIA-based testosterone test used by doctors not educated on laboratory assay differences.
Estradiol , Ultra Sensitive (LC/MS) Blood Test (Gold Standard Test for Men)
The commonly used estradiol test may overestimate estradiol. That test uses immunoassay technology that cannot differentiate C-Reactive Protein (involved in inflammation) from estradiol, so it reads the combination of the two as estradiol. This ultrasensitive estradiol test is based on liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (LC/MS), an assay technology that does not have that limitation. Please be aware that estradiol is important in men and that treating it aggressively may get in the way of gains.
Cystatin C with EGFR Kidney Test (The Most Accurate Kidney Test for Bodybuilders)
Cystatin C is much more accurate than a plain CMP to determine kidney function in people with higher muscle mass since using only creatinine as the main variable can give your doctor an impression of kidney issues. Unlike the commonly used creatinine test, Cystatin C is unaffected by higher muscle mass, protein intake, and creatine supplementation. Another one of the measures of kidney function is the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR). The glomerular filtration rate describes the flow rate of filtered fluid through the kidney. Creatinine clearance rate (CCr or CrCl) is the volume of blood plasma cleared of creatinine per unit of time and is a helpful measure for approximating the GFR. eGFR under 60 may indicate issues that are affecting kidney function.
Lipid Test Panel
This panel includes LDL (bad cholesterol), HDL (good cholesterol), and triglycerides (fatty acids dissolved in the blood). A higher dose of T and AAS can increase LDL and decrease HDL and triglycerides. Severely decreased HDL may cause cardiovascular issues in the long term. Fasting is required.
For a more comprehensive bodybuilder panel, check this one out: Comprehensive Bodybuilder Panel
Also, look at the Post Cycle Therapy panel
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