This test is used to identify elevated levels of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha).
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-alpha is the common denominator of all age-related disease.
TNF-alpha can be elevated in chronic infections, certain cancers, and hepatitis C. TNF-alpha 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.