Specialty Testing Specialist

Denise R Bogard, MD, FAARFM ABAARM -  - Anti-Aging

Well Aging Med

Denise R Bogard, MD, FAARFM ABAARM

Anti-Aging, Integrative & Functional Medicine located in Roseville, CA

Specialty testing can help determine what’s causing your food allergy, why you have insomnia, and which of your hormones are out of balance. If you have unexplained symptoms or problems like allergies or an inability to sleep properly, Denise Bogard, MD, FAARFM, ABAARM, of Well Aging Med in Roseville, California, can help. Dr. Bogard is an experienced internist and expert in diagnosing and treating conditions like these using specialty testing. Call Well Aging Med today to find out more or book an appointment online.

Specialty Testing Q & A

What is specialty testing?

Specialty testing is a service Well Aging Med provides that tests you for specific health problems. Many are hormone-related, like:

  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Thyroid hormone imbalance
  • Low testosterone
  • Depression
  • Nutrient deficiencies

These types of conditions and many others are associated with hormone production and, in many cases, a lack of one particular hormone. By testing your hormone levels, Dr. Bogard can determine whether you would benefit from hormone therapy to address any hormonal imbalance. Specialty testing can also identify the causes of problems like food allergies and insomnia.

One of the hormone problems Dr. Bogard sees most frequently is adrenal fatigue.

What is adrenal fatigue?

Adrenal fatigue is a common problem that’s widely undiagnosed. Your adrenal glands sit on top of your kidneys and make several hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol. Adrenal fatigue can result from a lack of cortisol, which causes symptoms like:

  • Difficulty getting up
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Chronic stress
  • Craving salty foods
  • Weakened immune system

You might find you have higher levels of energy in the evenings, and even find it hard to sleep. During the day, you might be relying on caffeine and other stimulants to keep you going.

How does specialty testing find the causes of food sensitivities and allergies?

To identify the cause of your food sensitivity or allergy, you need to keep a record of everything you eat and drink, to see if there are any links between specific foods and the symptoms you’re experiencing. Dr. Bogard also analyses your family's medical history and carries out a physical exam to rule out other causes of your symptoms.

She might ask you to stop eating specific foods to see if your symptoms improve. You could also do a food challenge, where you undergo monitoring after eating a particular food.

There are also two tests you can have for sensitivities and allergies. One is the skin prick test, where Dr. Bogard injects small quantities of potential allergens into your skin and checks for any reactions over the following few days. The other is a blood test to check for allergy-causing antibodies called immunoglobulin E.

How does specialty testing find the causes of insomnia?

When you visit Well Aging Med with insomnia, you need to undergo some routine health checks. Then, Dr. Bogard discusses your symptoms with you and any lifestyle factors that could be affecting your ability to sleep.

Very often, it’s poor sleep habits that cause insomnia, like eating late at night, drinking caffeine, or using electronic screens before you settle down. Or it can be problems like stress or adrenal fatigue. A blood test can check for these kinds of causes.

Specialty testing for insomnia involves taking part in a sleep study, where Dr. Bogard can monitor your:

  • Brain waves
  • Heartbeat
  • Breathing
  • Eye movements
  • Body movements

To find out more about the comprehensive range of specialty testing available, call Well Aging Med today or book an appointment online.