Functional tests can provide great insight into specifics about your health. It is less concerned about diagnosing illness, and more interested in finding out underlying factors, such as high levels of bad cholesterol, chronic inflammation, and biological dysfunctions like insulin resistance that may be contributing to health conditions, low energy levels, and cognitive decline.
Holistic medicine practitioners use the results of functional testing to determine the type of treatment that will best address the deficiencies a patient has and optimize the body’s physiological systems.
Functional medicine has been very useful in treating patients with allergies, metabolic disorders, and hormonal imbalances. There are many different types of functional tests. Here are a few examples that can help your doctor uncover healing opportunities for optimal health.
Micronutrient Blood Testing
This functional test can reveal information on vitamin, mineral, fatty acid, and amino acid deficiencies by analyzing your white blood cells. That’s not all! Micronutrient blood testing can determine how much of a vitamin you need and what amount just goes to waste, which can change your approach to diet and vitamin supplements. These micronutrient deficiencies over time can make you more vulnerable to illnesses and diseases.
Nutrigenomic Testing (NGx)
This test reveals genetic factors that can impact nutrient absorption and overall health, specifically testing the MTHFR, MTRR, and FOLR1 genes. It can provide insights into food intolerances and allergies. A couple of examples are lactose and gluten intolerances. It is very useful for patients experiencing gastrointestinal disturbances after eating certain foods since food intolerances and allergies can negatively impact your quality of life. The results will influence diet and meal plans arranged by your physician.
Pharmacogenomic Testing (PGx)
PGx testing analyzes your body’s response to certain medications, which helps physicians prescribe the most effective medication for your condition. This drug-gene test also helps prevent drug interactions that can range from unpleasant to dangerous. PGx testing can help guide your physician in your treatment, specifically by helping identify the right medications for you.
Should You Get Functional Testing?
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to optimizing health and wellness. With a complex web of biological processes and possible deficiencies, healthcare practitioners recommend a highly individualized approach when it comes to health management. Functional testing allows physicians and patients to take a proactive, knowledgeable, and preventive approach to illness and disease, which results in better outcomes.
Functional/Genetic Testing in Raleigh, North Carolina
At PAI Wellness Group, we provide functional and genetic testing services to patients who want to optimize their health and wellness. We examine your health history along with your functional testing results to get a clear picture of deficiencies and gene makeup as it relates to your health. Dr. Asha Pai Bohannon is a holistic doctor of pharmacy who truly cares about her patients’ long-term health and well-being.
If you are interested in functional testing, call PAI Wellness Group at (919) 529-3355 to schedule an appointment or fill out our online contact form. Our friendly staff looks forward to seeing you at our clinic in Raleigh.