Amylase is an enzyme that helped our ancestors adapt to digesting complex carbs. Low levels have been linked to insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, obesity, and diabetes. High amylase can be due to issues with the salivary glands or the pancreas, which produce this enzyme. Interestingly, your amylase genes can tell if you do better on […]
Glucagon was long seen as a metabolic villain, insulin’s “bad” counterpart. It raises blood sugar levels and ensures they don’t drop too low. But scientists recently realized that it also increases satiety and helps burn fats. Abnormal glucagon levels can point to pancreas inflammation, liver disease, or diabetes. Keep reading understand the effects of glucagon […]
Lipase is a digestive enzyme released by the pancreas into the gut to break down fats. Lipase blood levels can increase due to pancreas inflammation or damage. Learn more about the lipase test, what abnormal levels mean, as well as how naturally blocking pancreatic lipase may help combat obesity.
Platelets are vital for blood clotting and wound healing. However, having either too few or too many platelets can cause serious health issues. Keep reading to learn more about high and low platelet counts and things you can do to improve them.
Transferrin is a protein that binds iron and transports it to where it’s needed. When there is enough transferrin, your body can effectively use the iron you get from the diet. Iron availability dictates transferrin production, but transferrin levels are also influenced by inflammation, liver, and kidney disease. Keep reading to learn more about high […]
Reticulocytes, or immature red blood cells, can tell you how well your bone marrow is working. They can help zero in on underlying health issues or tell if certain therapies are working. Keep reading to learn more about high and low reticulocyte counts and their effects on your health.
Total iron-binding capacity (TIBC) is a good indicator of your body’s iron levels. Keep reading to learn more about high and low levels and what they mean for your health, as well as how to increase or decrease TIBC.
Non-HDL cholesterol is all the cholesterol in the body that isn’t carried by HDL, the “good” cholesterol. Essentially, it is all the cholesterol that can cause hardening of the arteries and formation of plaques. Research shows that it is one of the best lipid markers in assessing the risk of heart disease, heart attack, and […]
Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) test is a blood test which checks if you have any inflammation. It can also track the progress of specific diseases. It is often called the “sickness index”. Read on to find out how ESR works, what can impact ESR levels in your body, and how it all relates to your […]