Lab Work


Louisa Nicola discussed various aspects of lab work, particularly focusing on interpreting blood test results in athletes and understanding biological markers.

Key Insights

  1. Importance of Specific Biomarkers: When interpreting blood test results, markers like liver function tests (ALT and AST) can be influenced by recent hard workouts. Biomarkers such as Slastatin C and a basic CBC with differentials provide insights into iron status, immune function, and inflammation. These markers need context-specific interpretation, especially for athletes 1.

  2. Biology of Aging: Lab research related to aging focuses on cellular and molecular mechanisms that cause aging. Understanding these mechanisms can potentially delay or reverse the declines associated with aging. The research utilizes various models, from yeast and worms to mice, and aims to translate findings into practical applications, such as in companion animals 2.

  3. Optimization and Personalization: Lab work, especially blood work, is often underutilized in clinical settings. There's an emphasis on developing personalized reference ranges to optimize health outcomes rather than relying on standard reference ranges, which may not be ideal as they are often based on the average population that could be increasingly unhealthy 3.

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  4. Application in Brain Optimization: In the realm of neuro athletics, lab work such as blood labs and cognitive assessments are integral to understanding and optimizing brain function. Tools like EEG scans are used to map brain activity and identify areas of dysfunction or hyperactivity 4.

These discussions underline the critical role of detailed and context-specific analysis in lab work, particularly for athletes and individuals aiming at optimal health and performance.