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Question from Alida:

Is there an app to keep track of the highlights of my lab reports? And what are the highlights, anyway? 

I have been reading about a correlation between low vitamin D and Time to First Treatment, yet I don't see that on my lab results. 

Dr. Leclair:

The problem with all of those apps is that they give you the reference ranges which may not be valid for the tests which were performed for you.  For example, a typical reference range for a hemoglobin is 13-15 BUT if you are an adult male living in Colorado—the range could be closer to 15 – 17 if you are an adult female, the range could be closer to 12.5 - 13.5 if you are an adult nationally ranked runner/athlete, the ranges are different still.

Ditto for 5 different ranges for children as they grow.  And there is some discussion about setting up different ranges for the elderly.

For values that are not gender specific, there is the issue of different methods. Glucose can be measured by at least 4 methods:

     #1    reference range    80 - 120

     #2    reference range    60 - 80

     #3    reference range    75 - 100

     #4    reference range    100 - 120 This one is the capillary puncture method used by most folks at home.

Now add onto that the issue of fasting.  If you are not a diabetic, then the fasting (8 hour fast) glucose should be within reference range (whatever that is) and the 2-hour post-prandial (after eating) should be within 10 mgs of the fasting.

And the others can get worse with different times of the day giving you different levels of compounds, etc.

The following resource might be helpful: http://labtestsonline.org/

Please remember the opinions expressed on Patient Power are not necessarily the views of our sponsors, contributors, partners or Patient Power. Our discussions are not a substitute for seeking medical advice or care from your own doctor. That’s how you’ll get care that’s most appropriate for you. 

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