Would you like to learn about how your nutrition can impact your cardiac and metabolic health? Consider Lifestyle Testing today!

At Rebecca Bitzer & Associates we utilize specialty testing through Boston Heart Diagnostics to evaluate your cardio-metabolic health.  In other words, you will learn more about your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and more.   Your Registered Dietitian Nutritionist will be able to give you specific recommendations based on your Boston Heart report results.

See here for a Lifestyle Testing Sample Report

Results will give you a snapshot of your health and include measures of blood sugar to assess diabetes risk/ status of the progression of diabetes.  The lipid profile will show us not only cholesterol but also particle sizes and some heart related genetic markers.  The testing also includes measures of inflammation, thyroid function, genetic markers, fatty acid balance and whether you are a cholesterol absorber or producer.  Your dietitian will use these results to determine nutritional recommendations and supplement needs.

Process of getting your results:

  1. Meet with your Registered Dietitian Nutritionist  in order for them to review your medical history, family history, symptoms, and goals.  Your dietitian will be able to evaluate if this testing is a good option for you!
  2. Join us on our monthly blood draw to get the blood work taken.  We have a certified phlebotomist in our Greenbelt and Columbia offices monthly. Your dietitian can schedule you for this at your initial appointment.
  3. The test is FASTING- no food for 12 hours if possible, you can drink plenty of water. Take your medications as prescribed, if you need to take medications with food please do what you need to to get to our office safely.  Consult with your doctor to determine a game plan for blood test day.
  4. Results typically come back to us within 3-4 weeks, our office will alert you when we have received them in order to follow up for an appointment to discuss your results. You will be given multiple copies and we urge you to share with your doctors!

Interested in getting an in depth view of your health from the inside out?  Contact us at 301-474-2499 to schedule an initial appointment with one of our Registered Dietitian Nutritionists or fill out our contact form here.

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