Metabolic Advice

Metabolic Screening

If you are interested in establishing your metabolic health, make a short appointment with our doctor to arrange the following tests. The results are reviewed at a second consultation.

The parameters we assess are key to identifying potential energy disorders, but may not be routinely screened by your health professional. Our metabolic pathology screen may help to improve monitoring, management and outcomes.

We look at your family history, medical history and current physical measurements along with the results of the following:


  • Full Blood Count
  • Fasting Cholesterol and Blood Lipid Profile (HDL, LDL and triglycerides)
  • Biochemistry including Liver Function Tests
  • Inflammatory Markers
  • Fasting BSL, HbA1c and Insulin
  • Thyroid function
  • Vitamin D level
  • Iron studies
  • Other tests if relevant
  • Calculated scores, eg triglycerides/HDL ratio and HOMA2 insulin resistance measure.

Body Composition Scan


A very low dose X ray, to measure:


  • Body Fat, including a separate value for visceral fat (in your belly)
  • Lean Muscle Mass
  • Bone Mass


This is done at a radiology clinic and provides a good baseline before changes to diet and exercise are made and, when repeated, a measure of improvement. This is the Gold Standard.


Visceral fat is inflammatory fat and attempts should be made to reduce it; we can tailor our advice according to the amounts present. A thin person can have a lot of visceral fat.


Lean body muscle mass is important as it will help guide us when recommending the amount of protein you require, this should be around 1-1.5 gram of protein per kilogram of lean body mass. 


Meat is not all protein, it is comprised of protein, fat and water.

Metabolic Function

ECAL, an Indirect Calorimetry device which measures:

  • Energy Expenditure
  • The ratio of fat to carbohydrate metabolised
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Mitochondrial Health
  • Effectiveness & progress of dietary or other interventions (eg. exercise)

Preparation for ECAL testing

An appointment is necessary as the following preparations are essential:
  • Do not eat or drink anything apart from water for at least 4 hours prior to the test
  • Do not smoke, consume caffeine or nutritional supplements at least 4 hours prior to the test
  • Continue to take all prescribed medication
  • Do not exercise for at least 12 hours prior to the test
  • Wear casual, comfortable clothing
  • If unwell, re-book the test
  • Conduct subsequent tests at similar times of the day

What we offer

  • Keto-Metabolic Support
  • Metabolic Screening


 Low Carb Clinic

4 Suez Street, Gordon Park, QLD 4031

(20 minutes North of Brisbane City)