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This test is used to identify elevated levels of tumor necrosis factor-ɑ (TNF-ɑ). While inflammation is important for a healthy immune response, the cytokines themselves have the potential for inducing damage. Life Extension® believes that chronic inflammation modulated by cytokines such as TNF-ɑ is the common denominator of all age-related disease.
TNF-ɑ can be elevated in chronic infections, certain cancers, and hepatitis C. TNF-ɑ is also a growth factor for immune cells and osteoclasts (cells that break down bone).
Fasting is not required for this test. Take all medications as prescribed.
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