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This panel is for the athlete training at high volumes and intensities who wants to improve their performance, endurance, training, recovery, and nutrition. The panel includes tests for markers of inflammation, bone health, iron status, thyroid function, adrenal function, muscle damage, vitamin D levels, and much more.
Fitness Profile — Elite can help athletes identify areas of concern that may be impacting their performance. Identifying these issues can help athletes make adjustments to their training and nutrition programs to improve their overall performance.
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If the neutrophil count is high, this may be indicative of an acute infection, stress, muscle damage, rheumatoid arthritis, or other inflammatory disorders. If the neutrophil count is low, it may be the result of a bacterial infection or medical condition. A consistently low neutrophil count, in the absence of disease, may be a sign of overtraining.
Monocytes can be elevated because of an infection, inflammation, allergic reaction, or asthma. During exercise, the number of monocytes in circulation increases. However, the number of monocytes in circulation normally returns to resting levels when exercise stops. Athletes, especially endurance and female athletes, may normally have lower monocyte counts than the reference range. This is often considered an adaptation to training.
An elevated lymphocyte count may mean an infection or other immune challenge. If the lymphocyte count is low, it may be the result of a medical condition. A low lymphocyte count may also occur from under-nutrition, stress, use of corticosteroids (such as prednisone), or high exercise volumes.
If the eosinophil count is high, it could be the result of an infection, allergic reaction, eczema, or asthma. Certain medical conditions such as autoimmune diseases, hay fever, or leukemia are also associated with elevated eosinophil counts. If the eosinophil count is low, it may be the result of high levels of cortisol in the body or alcohol intoxication.
Like eosinophils, if basophil numbers climb too high, they can contribute to allergies and other inflammatory reactions in the body. A low basophil count may indicate that the athlete is unlikely experiencing an allergic response and this is generally not a cause for concern.
People who exercise frequently tend to have lower levels of triglycerides in their blood because their bodies use more triglycerides for energy during exercise. Distance runners and other endurance athletes usually have the lowest levels of triglycerides because they use the most energy during exercise. Triglycerides are an important source of energy for athletes, helping them to maintain their performance during exercise.
If TSH is high, the thyroid gland is likely not producing enough thyroid hormones or working as it should. Underactive thyroid function can affect energy levels, growth, mood, and performance. Because of fatigue, hypothyroidism can make it difficult to exercise, and your capacity to train as an athlete is significantly reduced.
When the TSH level is low, it means that the thyroid gland is overactive and producing high amounts of thyroid hormones. An overactive thyroid may make maintaining muscle mass difficult. The over secretion of thyroid hormones can have a catabolic effect on skeletal muscle tissue.
Importantly, athletes can maintain healthy thyroid hormone levels and avoid these complications with proper diagnosis and treatment.
Although commonly used interchangeably, salt and sodium are not the same. Table salt is sodium chloride, a specific type of sodium obtained through the diet rather than produced naturally by the body. However, more than 70 percent of dietary sodium is obtained through packaged and prepared foods, not from table salt added while preparing or eating food.
It's possible to have an iron deficiency while maintaining a normal hemoglobin level despite your body’s being deficient in iron. However, a person with iron deficiency anemia has neither sufficient levels of hemoglobin nor iron. It's important to note that anemia can also be caused by issues other than iron imbalance, such as blood loss, inflammation, and certain health conditions.