Have you ever felt tired or felt you could not lose weight, but all of the usual lab work returned results that indicated everything was normal? It's frustrating to deal with a problem that’s difficult to pinpoint. But did you know there are other testing methods that can reveal issues with your metabolic and gut health?
Organic acids testing, for example, allows Dr. Inga Zilberstein to dig deeper into your body's metabolism, and it’s available as part of her personalized medicine services at her office in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York. Here’s how Dr. Zilberstein’s modern testing and treatments help you learn more about your body and your health.
What is organic acids testing?
Organic acids testing (OAT) examines substances that your metabolism excretes through your urine. Doctors use organic acid testing — a simple urine test that a lab specialist tests for many compounds — to get a bigger picture of your metabolic health.
Metabolism is the body breaking down the foods you eat for energy. Your body can't reabsorb organic acids, so they're present in your urine in high amounts. The lab uses cutting-edge technology to separate the compounds and evaluate your urine for metabolic imbalances in your body.
Issues organic acids testing can uncover
Although Dr. Zilberstein doesn't use OAT as a definitive diagnosis for metabolic or gut disorders, it can give her a clue as to what's going on with your body's metabolism. It may reveal problems such as:
● Deficiency of essential vitamins
● Insulin resistance
● Mitochondrial dysfunction
● Deficiency of amino acids
● Deficiencies of minerals
● Improper carbohydrate metabolism
● Gut dysfunction
● Chronic inflammation
● Mood changes
For many of these issues, a doctor can use a specific test to diagnose the problem precisely — if they know what they’re looking for.OAT uses metabolic byproducts to look closer into the body's processes to help determine what could be behind general metabolic symptoms.
When is organic acids testing an option?
This test can reveal a patient’s metabolic signature, and Dr. Zilberstein may recommend it for healthy patients to identify a baseline profile. This includes levels of antioxidant vitamins A, E, and C and the B vitamins, substances such as CoQ10 and glutathione, omega-3 fatty acids, and more.
Dr. Zilberstein uses this testing to provide comprehensive metabolic profiling to reveal information about a patient’s underlying biochemical pathways.
The results of the urine test help Dr. Zilberstein understand what's going on in your body as far as metabolism and gut health are concerned. Then, using OAT and other test results, she designs a treatment plan specifically for you.
Take advantage of personalized medicine to ensure optimal wellness. Call or text the office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Zilberstein, or request a consultation through this website.