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Red Blood Cells
Red blood cells contain a protein called hemoglobin, which carries oxygen from the lungs to all parts of the body Checking the number of red blood cells in the blood is usually part of a complete blood cell (CBC) test.
White Blood Cells
White blood cells are part of the body's immune system. They help the body fight infection and other diseases. Types of white blood cells are granulocytes (neutrophils, eosinophils, and basophils), monocytes, and lymphocytes.
White Blood Cells
A low white blood cell count usually means your body is not making enough white blood cells. It can increase your risk of getting infections. A high blood cells, it usually means you have infection or inflammation in your body.
Vitamin B12, like the other B vitamins, is important for metabolism. It also helps form red blood cells and maintain the central and peripheral nervous systems. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that promotes healthy teeth.
Platelets are small, cell fragments in our blood that form clots and stop or prevent bleeding. Platelets are made in our bone marrow, Bone marrow contains stem cells that develop into red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.
Your thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located at the front of your neck under your skin. It's a part of your endocrine system and controls many of your body's important functions by producing and releasing certain hormones.
Help the body absorb and retain calcium and phosphorus; both are critical for building bone. Also, laboratory studies show that vitamin D can reduce cancer cell growth, help control infections and reduce inflammation.
Prostate cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the prostate. Signs of prostate cancer include a weak flow of urine or frequent urination. Tests that examine the prostate and blood are used to diagnose it.
Endometriosis is a condition in which cells similar to the lining of the uterus, or endometrium, grow outside the uterus. Endometriosis often involves the pelvic tissue and can envelop the ovaries and fallopian tubes.
How to unerstand your blood work without freaking out! Please listen to this recording when you look at your bloodwork, before making an appointment.
Potassium is an essential mineral that is needed by all tissues in the body. It is sometimes referred to as an electrolyte because it carries a small electrical charge that activates various cell and nerve functions