Blood Biomarker Test

Get a baseline and measure your progress with the LIFE Ascent panel. This test measures 72 important biomarkers to uncover the foundation for a healthier you.

How it Works

This test provides a baseline that you can use to measure your progress. The LIFE Ascent program will teach you the importance of each of these biomarkers and what you can do to improve them.

No one likes getting their blood drawn but this test is well worth it. You will go to any of the 2,000 Quest Diagnostics locations in the US and they will do a blood draw. You will get your results quickly, usually within a few days.

When you purchase the LIFE Ascent program, the price for the biomarker test is included. You will receive instructions on how to find and schedule your appointment.

Cardiovascular Health

The cardiovascular system is made up of the heart, blood vessels and blood. The heart acts as a pump to move blood through blood vessels and to the organs of the body. When blood returns from the tissues it is pumped to the lungs where red blood cells unload carbon dioxide and take up oxygen.

In addition to providing oxygen and removing carbon dioxide from the body, the cardiovascular system helps to maintain pH, temperature, deliver nutrients and remove waste products. Because of its important role as a delivery system the blood contains markers that are used as measurements of health. The levels of blood markers change over time but each has a range of values that can be used to assess cardiovascular health and help to diagnose illness. These markers are important to test because changes often occur before disease develops and detecting changes early allows for modifications to the diet or treatments to reduce the risk of disease.

Blood Health

The organs and tissues of the body rely on oxygen to work properly. Oxygen is delivered throughout the body via the circulatory system, which is composed of the arteries, veins and capillaries that carry blood and oxygen where they need to go.

When we take a breath, oxygen is taken into the lungs and exchanged for carbon dioxide in the blood. Newly oxygenated blood leaves the lungs and travels through pulmonary veins to the heart, where it is then pumped out through arteries to the tissues and organs. Once the oxygen has been depleted and replaced with carbon dioxide, deoxygenated blood returns to the heart via the veins and is pumped back to the lungs for the carbon dioxide-oxygen exchange.

In addition to its oxygen transport role, the blood also plays an important role in delivering nutrients and hormones, removing waste, transporting immune cells and regulating body temperature.

The main components of the blood are red blood cells (RBCs), white blood cells (WBCs) and platelets. 

Electrolyte Health

Electrolytes are charged particles that have key functions in maintaining your balance. They can either be positively or negatively charged.

Having a balanced and nutritious diet is usually sufficient to provide all the electrolytes to the body.

The electrolytes measured in the panel are sodium (Na+), bicarbonate (HCO3-, the most common form of carbon dioxide, CO2, in the blood), chloride (Cl-) and potassium (K+)1,2.

Metabolic and Endocrine Health

Every day thousands of chemical reactions happen inside your body’s cells. All of these reactions are collectively called metabolism. These reactions do not occur randomly: they are strictly coordinated and organized by substances in the body called hormones. 

The endocrine system is made of glands that are responsible for producing and releasing hormones into your blood. There are two types of glands: endocrine and exocrine. 

Endocrine glands are fully a part of the endocrine system, making and releasing hormones (for example, insulin and estrogen) into the bloodstream. Exocrine glands do not release hormones. Instead, they release substances through ducts to the exterior of the body (such as sweat and saliva).

Some organs in other systems have a secondary endocrine function besides their primary function. For example, besides pumping blood, the heart in the cardiovascular system produces hormones and releases them when necessary. The same happens with the kidneys, liver and gonads, among other organs.

Kidney and Urinary Health

Your urinary tract is composed of two kidneys, two ureters, the bladder, and the urethra that together collect, transport, store and expel urine. Cells in the brain and the spinal cord coordinate the muscle movements required to perform these functions.

Your kidneys participate in the elimination of waste products and toxins from the body, including urea, creatinine and uric acid. They also make hormones such as erythropoietin to produce red blood cells and renin to control blood pressure. Your kidneys control the amount of water and electrolytes in the blood. These electrolytes include sodium, phosphate, and potassium. When your kidneys stop working properly, fluid starts building up, causing swelling and increased blood pressure.

Liver Health

The liver is one of the largest internal organs of the human body, making up around 2% your body weight. It helps with digestion and metabolism and is thus connected to the endocrine and gastrointestinal systems.

The liver is involved in the following functions:

  • Production of bile, which digests and absorbs fats and helps eliminate waste products 
  • Storage of glucose
  • Storage of fat-soluble vitamins
  • Storage of iron and copper
  • Regulation of cholesterol
  • Metabolism and detoxification from drugs
  • Sex hormone metabolism
  • Production of plasma proteins, such as albumin, protein C, protein S and clotting factors 

Liver function tests are used to see how well your liver is working and to what degree its cells are damaged1. Cirrhosis is one of the diseases that can affect the liver. It’s caused by excessive drinking or by the hepatitis B and C viruses.

Jaundice, or yellowing of the skin, can be a sign of liver disease. Tumors such as hepatocellular carcinoma can also affect the liver.

Vitamin Levels

Vitamins are substances present in food that your body needs to function normally.

There are 13 essential vitamins:

  • Vitamin A
  • B vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, vitamin B-6,  vitamin B-12 and folate)
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K