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June 16, 2023

Don't Put Just One Biomarker In Your Assessment Basket

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts… a perfect way to describe ODX’s Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis system.

ODX’s functional approach to blood chemistry analysis utilizes patterns and trends in biomarker results to piece together the complex puzzle of human metabolism.

No one biomarker or single set of lab results provides enough information to assess what is happening with someone’s biochemistry accurately. Instead, a series of results for each biomarker should be used to identify trends toward or away from dysfunction. Evaluating changes over time can also help assess the efficacy of recommended therapies or lifestyle changes.

Biomarker patterns are also instrumental in identifying what physiological systems might be trending toward or away from dysfunction. Several biomarkers may be involved in assessing a particular physiological function. For example:

  • Evaluation of blood glucose regulation includes fasting blood glucose, post-prandial glucose, fasting insulin, C-peptide, hemoglobin A1C, fructosamine, adiponectin, 1,5 Anhydroglucitol, and calculations based on specific biomarkers, including estimated average glucose, HOMA2, and QUICKI equations.
  • Inflammation and oxidation can be more accurately evaluated using patterns that include hs-CRP, GlycA, homocysteine, uric acid, ESR, and fibrinogen.
  • Iron status is not evaluated by serum iron alone but instead by using a variety of biomarkers, including ferritin, transferrin, transferrin saturation, TIBC, UIBC, and red blood cell indices.

The ODX system goes beyond just determining the presence or absence of disease. Instead, ODX identifies the evolution of dysfunction into disease and provides an opportunity to reverse dysfunctional trends and facilitate the ultimate Journey to Optimal Health.

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