Blood Testing Sale

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At the request of a reader, I’ve updated my supplements guide to include some basic blood testing. The tests are done by Life Extension.com,  and those that I’ve listed include ferritin, a basic male hormone panel (includes free and total testosterone, estradiol, PSA, DHEA), and a combined chemistry panel and complete blood count.

I wanted to draw your attention here to the fact that Life Extension is currently having a sale on blood testing. The prices are absurdly cheap, especially compared to what you’d pay at a full-service clinical lab. (Of course, insurance pays that cost for many people.)

For instance, the basic male hormone panel currently goes for $56. The comprehensive chemistry plus blood count goes for a ridiculously low $26. You might pay a couple hundred bucks for this at a full-service lab.

Ferritin, a test which measures stored iron and which I recommend to every adult, goes for $21.

Going the extra mile, fasting insulin and glucose are on sale too. Fasting insulin is a very important health marker, more so than fasting glucose even. A low fasting insulin indicates low disease risk; if it’s high, you need to get to work lowering it.

You don’t need a doctor’s orders for these tests; Life Extension takes care of that.

I was also surprised to find that there’s no extra charge to have your blood drawn at LabCorp, making these tests more of a bargain.

Check them out. As it’s about time for my annual check-up with my doctor who is not in my health plan, I just ordered the male hormone panel. I probably just saved $150 by doing so.

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Tuba says April 6, 2016

Good to know. Last Friday I paid $49 for DHEA test (first time) and $99 for the estradiol follow up. I’ll be cutting the Arimidex back by 50% and test in a couple of months. One mg drove it down 66%! Too low. The DHEA came in at 69 whereas normal range for my age is 49 to 269. So I will add 50mgs a day, half the dosing from a study on men my age and DHEA (taking my lead from the Arimidex experience.) So I will need a couple of tests in a while.

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jrm says April 6, 2016

On the chemistry panel and complete blood count, they list iron as being tested. What is it? Is it ferritin or unbound iron? Could you explain the difference?

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    P. D. Mangan says April 6, 2016

    It’s unbound iron, otherwise it would specify ferritin. Iron as it’s listed is usually used for a test of iron deficiency, although that’s usually accompanied by “Total Iron-Binding Capacity” (TIBC), and I don’t think without the TIBC it will be terribly useful. Ferritin is a measure of total body iron stores.

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Andrew Chang says April 6, 2016

Hey PD, what do you think about the other offerings, the Male Panel Blood Test for $199(http://www.lifeextension.com/Vitamins-Supplements/itemLC322582/Male-Panel-Blood-Test) and the Male Comprehensive Hormone Panel for $225 (http://www.lifeextension.com/Vitamins-Supplements/itemLC100010/Male-Comprehensive-Hormone-Panel-Blood-Test)?

The Male Panel Blood Test has Chem Panel, CBC, Testosterone, DHEA-S, PSA, Estradiol, TSH. The exclusives here are: Homocysteine, C-reactive protein, Vitamin D, hbA1C.

The Male Comprehensive Hormone Panel has Chem Panel, CBC, Testosterone, DHEA-S, PSA, Estradiol, TSH. The exclusives here are: DHT, Pregnenolone, SHBG, Free T3, Free T4, Cortisol.

They both have the Chem Panel and everything the Male Basic Hormone Panel has ($26 + $56 = $82). Are either of them worth the extra $120+?

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    P. D. Mangan says April 7, 2016

    Hi Andrew, they sound very good as far as price. The more esoteric the test, the higher the price you’ll pay generally. So, for instance, the chem panel + CBC, which contains a large battery of tests, consists of tests so common that the reagents are cheap, high level of automation, etc. When you get to things SHBG or pregnenolone, those aren’t ordered very much, the tests are more complicated and reagents more expensive, hence the difference in cost.
    Both panels are excellent value. I wouldn’t be surprised if a regular clinical lab charged over $500 for each panel.

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Allan Folz says April 20, 2016

I posted this on the sans phlebotomy post, but thought I’d repeat it here for folks specifically curious about the Life Extension/Lab Corp blood tests, and maybe not keeping up with all the comments on all the threads.

I ordered a pair of Ferritin tests on Saturday and opted for email delivery. I got forms to print out and take with me on Sunday. (Btw, the forms are good for 6 months, I don’t know if Life Extension always has a sale running, but you could order a couple tests at the current sale price and use them as late as October.) On Monday I went online and scheduled a blood draw for Tuesday at lunch. (Scheduling was tough, I had to search all three lab sites in our area and none of them had very many choices available. Trying to schedule two at the same time was virtually impossible, yet they allow walk-ins, so I scheduled one and crossed my fingers they could fit my wife in with me.) When we got there at noon sharp the place felt deserted and there was no problem with my wife joining me. We both got one vial of blood drawn in less than 5 minutes each. Total time from walking in to waling out was <15 minutes. I received another email with all the results this morning, less than 24 hrs from blood drawn to posted results. Nice.

I also ordered one of the comprehensive panels for my wife, a little ironically, the weight loss one. It seemed to have everything I was interested in at a good price, even though weight loss is not her/our primary concern. It includes another ferritin test, so we're going to wait a month or two before she actually goes in for that test to see how her ferritin has changed since she donated blood only a few days ago.

Good luck, folks.

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