Cytokine PanelItem Catalog Number: LCCYT
Life Extension® believes that chronic inflammation is the common denominator of all age-related disease. We offer a wide variety of tests which measure the level of inflammation in the body. A dietary and supplement regimen rich in nutrients that help to ease inflammation is an important first step towards longevity.
Cytokines are proteins that modulate the inflammatory response. This panel is used to identify elevated levels of specific cytokines. While inflammation is important for a healthy immune response, the cytokines themselves have the potential for inducing damage.
The following tests are included in this panel:
- Interleukin-1 beta (IL-1β)
IL-1beta is one of the key mediators of the inflammatory response to physical stress. Higher levels are associated with anxiety, panic disorders and cardiovascular risk.
- Interleukin-6 (IL-6)
Elevated IL-6 may occur in different conditions including chronic infections, autoimmune disorders, certain cancers and Alzheimer’s disease.
- Interleukin-8 (IL-8)
Elevated blood levels of IL-8 are associated with rheumatoid arthritis, tumor development and Hepatitis C.
- Tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α)
TNF-α is a growth factor for immune cells and osteoclasts, the cells that break down bone. It may be elevated in chronic infections, certain cancers and Hepatitis C. Fasting is not required for this test.
Take all prescription medications as prescribed, but do not take your supplements on the morning of the test. Each of these tests may also be ordered individually.