How Blood Work Can Help Determine the Best Supplements to Help Weight Loss

Apr 05, 2023
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Blood work can help determine the best supplements to aid your weight loss. The secret to weight loss is rooted in your chemical makeup, and blood work provides insights into blood sugar levels, nutritional deficiencies, and more.

Blood work can provide a snapshot of your health. A good blood workup analyzes your essential nutrients and hormones, giving health care professionals insights into your unique metabolism. 

Since everyone’s metabolism is different, no diet, nutrition, or exercise program works the same for everyone. Some people may have potential nutritional deficiencies hindering their weight loss, and a blood work panel is a great tool to identify the best supplements to help weight loss. 

If your weight doesn’t budge despite your best efforts, you may benefit from a supervised weight loss program to help you get to a healthy weight. Extra weight can affect your organs and joints, leading to diabetes, high blood pressure, and other chronic health concerns. 

Getting started with a weight loss program tailored to your body and lifestyle can be challenging. Anniesha Scott, DC, and our team at Hands On Health Wellness Center in Carrollton, Texas, start with blood work to assess your body chemistry. Lab testing can identify high cholesterol, prediabetes, and other potential issues, such as nutrient deficiencies and imbalances. 

Here’s how blood work helps determine the best supplements for weight loss. 

Analyzes blood sugar levels 

Weight loss and blood sugar levels go hand in hand. High insulin levels can lead to fat storage, while low levels can cause cravings and hunger. 

When your doctor analyzes your blood work, they identify imbalances that may contribute to weight gain and recommend supplements. Chromium, magnesium, and alpha-lipoic acid can help regulate your blood sugar levels and promote weight loss. 

Identifies nutrient deficiencies 

Vitamins B, D, and iron stimulate your metabolism; without them, you may feel tired and have trouble losing weight. Blood work identifies nutritional deficiencies and helps us address ways to supplement them. 

Evaluates hormone levels 

Balanced hormones help keep your digestive system running smoothly. They also promote healthy moods and energy levels. Yet, stress, insufficient sleep, environmental factors, diet, and age contribute to hormone imbalances. Your thyroid, testosterone, and cortisol (the stress hormone) levels all impact your body. 

A blood work analysis helps our experts identify your possible imbalances and recommend supplements to support weight loss. 

Assesses cholesterol levels

While cholesterol is essential for hormone production and digestion, too much LDL cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol) can increase your risk of heart disease, leading to strokes and heart attacks. Additionally, too much LDL cholesterol can reduce your energy levels, making it harder to exercise and contributing to insulin resistance. 

Genetics and lifestyle all contribute to your health inside and out. If you’re having trouble losing weight, a blood work panel can provide insights into your body’s chemistry and identify areas for improvement.

Dr. Scott and our specialists at Hands on Health Wellness Center can help you feel your best with supplements for weight loss. Schedule your consultation today by calling our office or booking an appointment online.