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Navigating Your Way through Your Blood Work Report, & Luncheon

July 14 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sunday, July 14th, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
at Ranch Runamuck, Pine Grove, home of Herbal Med Rx

Confused about all the readings on your blood test report? You’re not alone! Understanding laboratory test results can be a challenge. Hopefully you have a great primary care provider who explains the results to you. Over time, you should get more and more comfortable with the results and especially trends in any abnormal results (stable, improving, getting worse).

Common lab tests include: basic and comprehensive metabolic panels (BMP and CMP, respectively), complete blood count (CBC), lipid panel, hemoglobin A1C (HAIC) and thyroid tests. Of course, there are many others as well!

Metabolic panels look at glucose (blood sugar), kidney function, electrolytes like potassium, sodium and calcium, and a CMP also includes liver function and protein levels.

HA1C is a longer-term measure of average blood sugar over 120 days and can be used for people with diabetes or pre-diabetes.

The CBC provides information about anemia, platelet counts and signs of infection as well as some much less common blood cancers.

The lipid panel includes information about cholesterol which isn’t that helpful on its own. It also tells us about good and bad cholesterol levels (HDL and LDL respectively) as well as triglyceride levels.

The most important thyroid test is the thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). It can be especially confusing because the TSH level is inversely related to the amount of thyroid in your blood. When the TSH is low, you actually have too much thyroid hormone (due to the dose of thyroid medication or other reasons if you don’t take thyroid medicine).

Depending on the tests your doctor ordered, there may be other results as well. We probably won’t have time to go into urine test results, pancreatic enzymes, vitamin levels, HIV tests or the myriad other tests that may be ordered for you.

Dr. Michelle Roland has graciously agreed to help you begin to decipher what some of those abbreviations and numbers mean on your report. Bring a copy of your own blood test report (with your name blacked out), or just listen in to discover what it all means while she goes over general information and learn to read your own results. She won’t be going over individual people’s medical condition, medications or results other than to point out which ones she is discussing more generally if you can’t find it on your report. She won’t be giving any medical advice either.

Dr. Michelle E. Roland is an internist in Jackson, California and is affiliated with Sutter Amador Hospital. She received her medical degree from University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and has been in practice for 30 years in Amador, the Bay Area and even overseas in Africa. Dr. Michelle E. Roland has expertise in treating chronic diabetes, chronic kidney disease, chronic high blood pressure, among many other conditions.

Dr. Roland’s talk is free of charge, but if you’re staying for an organic delicious lunch, it is $20, and you can book it here online.

Otherwise, call 209-296-2120 to reserve your space for the talk only, by July 11th. Limited to 15 people.
Bring your swimwear if you’d like to take a dip in the pool. No children or pets please.


July 14
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Herbal Med Rx at Runamuck Ranch
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Ranch Runamuck
Pine Grove, CA 95665
Pine Grove, CA 95665 US
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