How does functional pathology testing differ from general pathology testing?
Functional pathology testing is designed to assess how well your body is functioning. This can include nutritional status and genetics. This differs from“General” pathology tests which are designed to screen for disease states.
One example: A colonoscopy can detect intestinal diseases but gives no info about a person’s absorption efficiency. An Intestinal permeability test gives specific information on how well a person is absorbing their nutrients.
Another example: A blood test for oestrogen levels gives no info about oestrogen metabolism. An oestrogen metabolite test gives info about how efficiently the body is processing oestrogen and clearing it from the body.
Functional pathology tests can be used to investigate many different aspects of our physiology. Including:
- Cardiovascular health
- Gut health and digestion
- Mental health
- Hormonal health
- Allergies and Intolerances