Cadmium Blood Test
The cadmium blood test measures the amount of cadmium, a poisonous metal, in the blood. Elevated toxic metals cause widespread damage in the body. Cadmium is widespread in the environment—it can be found in nickel-cadmium batteries, as a pigment in paint, and is used in producing polyvinyl chloride plastic, in cigarette smoke and sewage sludge.
Long-term exposure to cadmium through air, water, soil, and food leads to cancer and organ system toxicity such as skeletal, urinary, reproductive, cardiovascular, central and peripheral nervous, and respiratory systems.
While people can test cadmium and other heavy metals individually, frequently they test them as part of a toxic metals panel. For people wanting to test cadmium and other toxic metals, we created the Heavy Metals Panel II.
Methodology: Inductively Coupled Plasma/Mass Spectrometry (ICP/MS)
Water: Drink plenty of water to stay well hydrated.
Medications: Take all medications as prescribed.
Diet: Avoid eating seafood for 48 hours prior to sample collection.
5-7 business days
Result turnaround times are estimates and not guaranteed. Due to factors outside of our control, such as weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing or equipment maintenance, our lab may require additional time to complete tests.
Cadmium binds to mitochondria and inhibits their function, leads to cellular and DNA damage, and depletes critical antioxidants such as reduced glutathione (GSH) and important antioxidant enzymes, such as catalase, manganese-superoxide dismutase, and copper/zinc-dismutase.
Why Toxic Metals May Be Your Issue, by Dr. John Neustadt
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