WHAT IS TESTED FOR IN A HEAVY METALS PANEL?
This panel tests for the following heavy metals:
WHAT IS THE PRICE OF A HEAVY METALS PANEL?
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HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET MY LAB TEST RESULTS?
Test results are generally available within five (5) business days after your specimen is collected.
Metals are natural elements from our Earth but are extremely toxic (even in low concentrations) and can have damaging effects on your body (especially your lungs and kidneys.) You can be exposed to certain types of metals from the air, household products, contaminated foods and drinks, and possibly at your place of employment (manufacturing facilities) or at home.
Lead is dangerous and can be found in batteries, old houses (paint), cigarettes (and second hand smoke), and other places. Chronic exposure can cause cerebral edema, coma and convulsions.
Mercury is a shiny, silver gray metal that is a liquid at room temperature. It can be found in thermometers, barometers, batteries, fluorescent lights and electrical switches. It may be in household paints in older houses. If inhaled, it can lead to severe nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever and several other symptoms.
Arsenic is a natural element found in soil and minerals. Its compounds are usually used to preserve wood. You can become exposed to Arsenic in small amounts through air, water, food and working in areas where arsenic is made or used. Chronic exposure to arsenic can cause many health problems including death.
Cadmium is a soft, bluish-white metal and is similar to mercury and zinc. Short term inhalation exposure to cadmium affects the lungs. Chronic oral or inhalation exposure to cadmium leads to a buildup of cadmium in the kidneys and can cause kidney disease.
Chromium is a steely-gray, lustrous brittle metal. Chromium, although required in small amounts to help regulate sugar and lipid metabolism, it can be toxic in greater amounts and can be recognized as a human carcinogen.
WHY DO I NEED A HEAVY METALS PANEL LAB TEST?
Exposure to metals can have very serious consequences for your body, especially children. The problem is you may not even know you’ve been exposed.
If you and your family live in an old home (with old paint) or in a location with a lot of industry and manufacturing, you should strongly consider this panel. Employers also monitor their employees for specific heavy metals exposure, depending on the industry.
Find out if you’ve been exposed to heavy metals.
OTHER RELEVANT TESTS:
Customers that choose the Heavy Metals Panel are also interested in general health overview tests such as the Comprehensive Male Panel or the Comprehensive Female Panel.
WHAT ARE THE TEST RESULT RANGES?
|Lead||40 µg/dL or less|
|Copper||70 ‐ 150 µg/dL|
|Zinc||70 ‐ 102 µmol/L|
High Results Indicate:
LEAD: High levels could indicate lead poisoning.
MERCURY: High results could mean that you have been exposed to mercury, but it does not indicate which form of mercury you were exposed to.
COPPER: High levels could indicate exposure and indicates the need for further testing.
ZINC: Increased levels could indicate iron deficiency or lead poisoning.
Low Results Indicate:
LEAD: There are no low levels for this test.
MERCURY: Low levels are not a concern because it is considered to be a nonessential trace element in humans.
COPPER: Low levels can indicate a copper deficiency.
ZINC: There are no low levels for this test.
WHAT TYPE OF PHYSICIAN SHOULD I SEE IF MY TEST RESULTS ARE ABNORMAL OR OUT-OF-RANGE?
You should see your primary care physician.
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