Blood tests and advanced medical testing are very important for every individual as they help identify issues before they become a problem.
The results of blood tests help in the interpretation and advice that you get from your doctor and how that translates into actual changes in your life that will affect your health.
That is why there are a few key blood tests that you should do each year, which will help you take preventive measures before the health conditions get worse.
Parsley Health has, however, made it easier by indicating five essential blood tests that every individual needs to do every year.
They include Broad Thyroid Panel, Essential Nutrients, Complete Metabolic Panel and Complete Blood Count, Metabolic Markers and Inflammatory markers.
Here are more details:
1. Broad Thyroid Panel
Parsley Health indicates that in most primary care offices, if you are lucky, your doctor will check 1 or 2 thyroid markers. Usually, the ones checked are TSH and/or total T4. These give you a little glimpse as to how the thyroid is functioning.
2. Essential Nutrients: iron/ferritin, vitamin D, vitamin B12, magnesium
Iron, vitamin D, vitamin B12, and magnesium are so important for optimal bodily function, but they are usually not checked at a routine primary care visit.
According to Parsley Health, many people are deficient in these nutrients for various reasons, so it is imperative that you check these levels and supplement them when they are not optimal. Supplementation with any of these nutrients when people are low can be completely life-altering.
3. Complete Metabolic Panel and Complete Blood Count
According to Parsley Health, these are two blood tests that are always ordered at a primary care yearly and offer a lot of information. They are essential to understanding a person’s electrolyte and hydration status, kidney function, liver function, and blood cell values. These values would also indicate if someone is fighting an acute or chronic infection, has anemia, or clotting issues.
4. Metabolic Markers: Hemoglobin A1c, fasting glucose and insulin, lipid panel
Metabolic markers like these are essential to understanding how a person is processing the macronutrients that they eat.
Parsley Health indicates that in most primary care visits, a basic lipid panel and glucose level would be done yearly, and if you are lucky you will also get a Hemoglobin A1c.
However, patients at higher risk of heart disease need to run extensive lipid panels as opposed to a basic one to better determine whether there is actually increased heart disease risk from their cholesterol levels or not.
5. Inflammatory markers: hsCRP, homocysteine
Inflammatory markers like these are almost never checked at a routine primary care visit. hsCRP is an inflammatory marker which can indicate your the general inflammatory status. Even mild increases in hsCRP are associated with increased risk of things like cardiac events or depression.
According to Parsley Health, an elevation indicates that there is something inflammatory happening in the body that should be addressed, whether it be from physical trauma, emotional stress, oxidative stress, environmental toxicity, allergy, sedentary lifestyle, or food sensitivities.
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