Easy-to-interpret Test Results – Breaking the “General Population” Mold
Most laboratory reference ranges are set to categorize 95 percent of the tested population as “normal”. In 2014, the accepted reference ranges for diabetes markers increased simply because the general population had a higher incidence of type II diabetes—not because higher levels became “normal” overnight. This analogy holds true for hormones that are referenced to the general population and bracketed by age as well. When assessing a patient’s hormones, comparing them to patients who may already be deficient can lead to frustration when symptoms don’t match the “norm”.
Physicians Lab uses target ranges (optimal ranges) based on patients with and without symptoms both before and during treatment to establish the optimal and sub-optimal ranges instead of reference ranges. These optimal ranges provide more latitude in treatments and have a higher correlation with patient symptoms.