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  1. All: (Crossposted from General Health; will take advice on eliminating one redundant posting, or both, at day's end). Life Extension has a very good sale on, which I just noticed this morning — and unfortunately, today is the LAST DAY of the sale. The prices on everything I wanted were significantly lower than WalkInLab , RequestATest, and a couple of other sites that came up via Google. A requisition is good for 6 months, so if you are due for a test in that time period (or up to the end this year, if you don't have some strong reason to delay until the very end), it's worth making the purchase now. If you're about to start CR, you really need to get some good baseline bloodwork,* and if you're on CR haven't had a good CR panel in significantly more than a year, you're really due. Jumping on this sale will save you a significant amount of money. Although it isn't practical to do this today to pick and choose your self-financed tests, you can also save a signifcant amount of money by talking to your doctor first if you have health insurance: nearly anyone will be able to get the Tier 2 tests on our website plus either fasting glucose or HbA1c or both. These are fairly inexpensive tests, but they do add up. * That list is suboptimal. If you're getting IGF-1, do also be sure to get IGFBP3; if you're already on CR and are male, testosterone is a good idea, but you really want testosterone by LC/MS-MS: Life Extension offers LabCorp's test #070038 for $48, but you can't order it online: have to call in and ask the blood lab for it.
  2. All: Life Extension has a very good sale on, which I just noticed this morning — and unfortunately, today is the LAST DAY of the sale. The prices on everything I wanted were significantly lower than WalkInLab , RequestATest, and a couple of other sites that came up via Google. A requisition is good for 6 months, so if you are due for a test in that time period (or up to the end this year, if you don't have some strong reason to delay until the very end), it's worth making the purchase now. If you're about to start CR, you really need to get some good baseline bloodwork,* and if you're on CR haven't had a good CR panel in significantly more than a year, you're really due. Jumping on this sale will save you a significant amount of money. Although it isn't practical to do this today to pick and choose your self-financed tests, you can also save a signifcant amount of money by talking to your doctor first if you have health insurance: nearly anyone will be able to get the Tier 2 tests on our website plus either fasting glucose or HbA1c or both. These are fairly inexpensive tests, but they do add up. * That list is suboptimal. If you're getting IGF-1, do also be sure to get IGFBP3; if you're already on CR and are male, testosterone is a good idea, but you really want testosterone by LC/MS-MS: Life Extension offers LabCorp's test #070038 for $48, but you can't order it online: have to call in and ask the blood lab for it.
  3. Zeta

    Extreme blood values

    It looks like I've developed mild -- maybe not so mild... pancytopenia. I'm wondering whether my CR, which really isn't extreme these days, might be part of the explanation? Has anyone on CR ever had white blood cell counts as low as mine (see below)? As for anemia, that also could be CR, secondary to CR-induced low testosterone. After reflecting on the recent Longo paper, I think I'm going to try a "4:2" diet (not 5:2, because the irregularity of the 2, then 3 days of feasting makes me nervous -- I could also call my diet "2:1": 2 days of feasting, 1 of quasi-fasting). I think Michael's right that there's no evid. in Longo's work that any kind of fasting that doesn't also reduce energy-intake overall will slow aging, but, at this point, I'm just trying to get some food-restriction benefits, while not feeling so weak.... Name --------------- me -------- units ------- reference range Albumin. ----------- 42 ---------- g/L --------- 36-45 Antitrypsin. -------- 1.1 --------- g/L ---------- 0.9-1.9 Orosomucoid ------ 0.3* ------- g/L ---------- 0.5-1.2 Haptoglobin ------ <0,05* ------ g/L ---------- 0.2-1.9 IgG ----------------- 7.5 ---------- g/L ---------- 7-15 IgA ------------------ 2.7 --------- g/L ----------- 0.9-4.5 IgM ----------------- 1.2 ---------- g/L ---------- 0.3-2.1 (Got tired of writing in the units here -- but just look at the ref. range.) Leukocytes -------- 2.1* -------- 3.5-8.8 Erythrocytes ------ 3.8* ----- 4.2-5.7 Hb ------------------ 121* ----- 134-170 EFV ---------------- 0.37* ----- 0.39-0.50 MCH -------------- 32 -------- 27-33 MCV --------------- 97 ------- 82-98 MCHC ------------- 328 -------- 317-357 Thrombocyte ----- 127* ----- 145-348 Neutrophils ------- 1.1* ------ 1.7-7.5 Esonphil. ---------- 0.00 -------- 0.0-0.6 Basophil. ---------- 0.00 ----- 0.0-0.2 Lymphocytes ----- 0.8* ----- 1.1-4.8 Monocytes -------- 0.20 ----- 0.1-1.0 Reticulocyte -------- 64 -------- 26-124 Rtc-MCH ---------- 33 ------- 24-36 The low haptoglobin with normal reticulocyte count was a head-scratcher for the doctors. Bone marrow biopsy yielded no signs of cancer.
  4. Other testing companies likely also have sales this time of year, but I found that Walk-In Lab had the best prices to begin with. Take 20% off the already low prices, and the prices are great: Discount code: THANKS20% Zeta
  5. Hi all, Quite while back, on the old email-based CR list, Michael Rae asked about web-based tools for tracking one's health data, and particularly one's bloodwork. Given how unwieldy and ugly my current method is (just a big HTML table - see this post), I went looking for a better alternative, along the lines of what Michael was looking for. I came across the service called WellnessFX. It looks pretty cool, and I'm wondering if anyone else has used this service. Hear are some of its features: A free account allows you to put in your data from prior tests. The have all the standard (and many non-standard) tests to choose from. Unfortunately, the process appears to require entering one item at a time - very tedious, but doable. Once you've uploaded your data (or gotten a blood test via them - see below), you can see tables and graphs of your data over time, which is pretty cool. See image at the bottom of this post for an example. Paying members get blood testing services, ordered through LabCorp or Quest, without a doctor's referral. Like the service I use (Private MD Labs). Their "Performance Package" appears to include almost all of the tests that the "Male Ultimate Anti-Aging with Free Testosterone" test from Private MD Labs that I use, plus a few more. Its somewhat more expensive though - although there appears to be a $100 coupon code available on-line that brings the cost down to the same ballpark (~$400). You can also order a custom panel of tests that you choose a la carte, although the price isn't specified for the individual tests - you have to ask them explicitly for the cost of the custom tests you want. They also offer (for a fee) consultations with physicians, registered dietitians and nutritionists about your results. They got a very good review from the website "Cool Tools". Here is another positive review. They comply with the US HIPAA regulations. Here is their privacy policy. I can't say that I've read or understand it all. Has anyone looked into WellnessFX, and/or used their service? --Dean Here is an example of the WellnessFX data visualization tools: If the image doesn't show up, here is a link to it.
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