Revivelife Clinic I Naturopath in Ottawa



This basic panel tests for fasting sugar (glucose), fasting insulin and haemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) test, which measures the proportion of haemoglobin protein affected by glucose in circulation in the body.
Best suited to those who want a screening of blood sugar health.


Assesses markers of the autoimmune components of diabetes. Can be used as a tool to identify reactivity prior to the onset of diabetes, and to monitor. Those who have diabetes to see how well treatment protocols are working.
Recommended for those with a family history or have Type 1 Diabetes, or severe/atypical Type I Diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and or gluten, dairy and or cerebellar ataxia

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Balanced blood sugar is vital for overall health. Chronically elevated fasting blood glucose levels or recurrent excessive spikes in glucose levels after meals is linked to heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, liver disease, thyroid or hormone concerns, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease (also referred to as type 3 diabetes). 1-8

Advanced testing helps to outline the best treatment strategies in optimizing your blood sugar.

The most common signs and symptoms of blood sugar imbalances include:

High Blood Sugar (Hyperglycemia)

Increased thirst
Frequent urination
Nausea and vomiting
Shortness of breath
Stomach pain
Fruity breath odor
A very dry mouth
A rapid heartbeat
Extra belly fat

Low Blood Sugar (hypoglycemia)

Shakiness or nervousness
Dizziness or lightheadedness
Difficulty speaking

The principal risks of increasing your risk of blood sugar imbalances include:

Poor Lifestyle – Diet, Lack of Sleep, Stress, Smoking
Chronic Inflammation
Excess Exposure: alcohol, chemicals, drugs, medications
Hormone Imbalance
Low Nutrients
Microbiome Imbalance

Your Naturopath or Nurse Practitioner will help assess which test is right for you, including an analysis of the most cost-efficient path of testing. We recommend a New Patient Visit with one of our Naturopathic Doctors for the most comprehensive approach to your health or a Pre-Lab Visit for a quick snapshot prior to lab testing as there are many tests available.  Lab testing alone is a one-dimensional picture of your health. The expertise of a health professional is required to create a three-dimensional picture for proper selection, and interpretation of lab testing. To complete your care, we recommend booking your Post-Lab consult 2 weeks after testing to review your results and receive your tailored health plan.

Most of the advanced blood sugar testing is not ordered by your General Practitioner under OHIP-based services on routine screening tests. Our goal is to assess your health by evaluating high-risk factors and then work in prevention.

Third-party insurance companies may cover all or a portion of your consultations. Most of other integrative testing is not currently covered by private insurance companies. Please check with your individual provider for details and how to submit claims.

Your Revivelife clinician will review all findings and create a tailored plan to you based on what are the root causes of your blood sugar imbalances. The Revivelife team will work with you to review your menu, lifestyle practices, current health, medications and blood sugar status to define ways to promote balanced blood sugar. Strategies may include nutraceuticals like:

Benfotiamine: Research shows that when participants ate a high-AGE (advanced glycation end product) processed meal, those that used benfotiamine a fat-soluble derivative of vitamin B1 with greater bioavailability had reduced vascular dysfunction, inflammation and oxidative stress. 9-14
Brown Seaweed Extract: In a randomized controlled trial, brown seaweed extract caused a 48.3% decrease in post-meal blood sugar spikes and improved insulin sensitivity.15
White Mulberry: has also been found to decrease post-meal blood sugar spikes.16,17

Advanced diagnostic testing which is often not found at your traditional medical doctor’s office helps address your baseline, and approach that is right for you. We target action to improve glycemic control if you are beginning to fall outside of optimal for the following markers:

Fasting glucose 70-85 mg/Dl18, HbA1C <5.5%19 or fasting insulin <5 μIU/Ml as the effects of high glucose take their effects long before the diagnosis of prediabetes in conventional medicine. 20-22 For Type 3 Diabetes (Alzheimer’s) and Metabolic Syndrome refer to Brain, Memory & ADD and Integrative Cardiology.

We recommend a New Patient Visit for the most comprehensive approach to your health or a Pre-Lab Visit for a quick snapshot before lab testing and a Post-Lab consult to review your results and receive your tailored health plan. To book an appointment, click here.

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