“We’re on a trajectory that soon everyone will be diabetic. You have to check your markers. Don’t be part of that statistic.” – Dr. Shakha Gillin, co-founder of The Warrior Clinic

What does the home lab test tell me?

Choose your kit to give you easy to understand results right from home, so you can be a Warrior of your own health. It starts with looking at what’s going on inside the body.

The Warrior Kit 

  • Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) for prediabetes and diabetes
  • Lipids profile for cardiovascular disease
  • Test at home or in a lab

 

The Warrior Kit Plus

  • Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) for prediabetes and diabetes
  • Lipids profile for cardiovascular disease
  • High sensitivity CRP (hsCRP) for inflammation
  • Test at home or in a lab
Fasting Insulin Test for prediabetes and diabetes. Available in-lab only.

What’s tested: Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c)

This is a biomarker for diabetes and prediabetes. Hemoglobin A1c reflects your blood glucose levels over the last 3 months.

Why it’s important

If your HbA1c comes back elevated, shifts in your diet and lifestyle can reverse the status. You can take action.

Let’s Dive Deep  

Eating too much sugar and refined carbohydrates leads to elevated insulin and insulin resistance. When this occurs the pancreas has to make more insulin to push glucose into the cells. Initially glucose levels remain normal, but eventually the body cannot store glucose and hyperglycemia (type 2 diabetes) develops.

When blood glucose levels are elevated, a portion of the sugar attaches irreversibly to hemoglobin in the red blood cell. This is what the HbA1c measures. The average life of a red blood cell is three months, so HbA1c is a good indicator of blood glucose levels over an extended time. An elevated HbA1c indicates insulin resistance and hyperinsulinemia.

Test results can be affected by conditions that cause rapid turnover of red blood cells, increase their lifespan, or change the type of hemoglobin present such as anemias, hemoglobinopathies, and recent blood loss or transfusion.

What’s tested: Lipid Profile

This is a biomarker for cardiovascular disease. This test includes total cholesterol, high density lipoproteins (HDL), low density lipoproteins (LDL), and triglycerides.

Why it’s important

These numbers can be predictors of heart disease. Sounds scary, but this is preventable and reversible through proper nutrition and exercise.

Test Tip: You need to be fasting for 10 hours before this test so it is best to do the blood test in the morning.

Let’s Dive Deep  

Triglyceride and HDL levels and the triglyceride/HDL ratio are important to us. The ratio of triglycerides/HDL has been shown to be a strong predictor of atherosclerosis and coronary disease.

We report total cholesterol and calculated LDL. However, the current guidelines from the American Heart Association do not emphasize specific numbers for cholesterol, but instead look at the overall picture.

What’s tested: hsCRP

High sensitivity C reactive protein (hsCRP) is a measure of systemic inflammation.

Why it’s important

Elevated hsCRP levels are associated with a greater risk of cardiovascular disease.

Test Tip: This test (available with The Warrior Plus Kit) will not provide useful information if you have an acute illness, infection, trauma or chronic inflammatory conditions such as an autoimmune disease.

Let’s Dive Deep  

For individuals without an acute inflammatory process, hsCRP is a good indicator of inflammation to the lining of blood vessels (endothelium) and is a risk factor for heart attacks.

Chronic elevation of hsCRP and endothelial inflammation occur in the presence of chronically elevated levels of insulin and insulin resistance.

What’s tested: Fasting Insulin

Fasting Insulin is a test for diabetes and pre-diabetes.

Why it’s important

Elevated fasting insulin levels are an early sign of insulin resistance. The good news is that this can be prevented and even reversed through proper nutrition and exercise.

Test Tip: For this test you need to be fasting for at least 10 hours. Fasting Insulin can only be done at the laboratory (In-Lab only).

Let’s Dive Deep  

Insulin is a hormone released by the pancreas in response to eating carbohydrates. The primary role of insulin is to store glucose in the liver and muscle cells for future energy.

Glucose is stored as long chains of glucose molecules attached together known as glycogen. The body can only store around 2000 calories (500 grams) of glucose as glycogen. Any excess glucose is converted into fat.

Insulin stimulates the conversion of glucose to fat (triglycerides) in the liver and stimulates the storage of fat in adipocytes (fat cells). Insulin also acts on adipocytes to block the release of energy stored as fat.

Normally insulin is secreted in a pulsatile manner and levels drop in between meals. The consumption of excess refined carbohydrates and sugar cause insulin to be released in high levels.

Eating continuously (meals plus snacking) throughout the day causes a steady release of insulin. This combination of elevated insulin levels and continuous release of insulin causes the cells to become less responsive to the effects of insulin. This is insulin resistance.

Once insulin resistance develops, the pancreas has to secrete more insulin to drive glucose into the cells.

Initially glucose levels remain normal with the elevated insulin getting the glucose into cells. But eventually the insulin resistance will reach a point where the insulin is no longer able to effectively store glucose in the cells and hyperglycemia (type 2 diabetes) develops.

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