It’s Time You Include These Five Blood Tests in Your Annual Checkup –
Annual blood testing is the most important step adults can take to know what’s going on in their body and to take charge of their health. It’s also critical to prevent life-threatening diseases. Why we say that is because with blood test results in hand, it’s easy to observe any suspicious changes happening in the body before the telltale signs develop into heart disease, diabetes or worse, cancer.
It’s important to be aware of one’s well-being or all impediments to good health. Most annual medical checks involve routine blood tests if asked for. Remember that the results can help you work toward boosting energy levels to controlling obesity.
Apart from the routine tests, here are a few blood tests that should be taken into consideration:
CBC and differential: This blood test measures your red blood cell and white blood cell count along with platelets, as well as the shape, size and sub-cells. The results indicate anaemic tendency (low red blood count) and even problems in the bone marrow (change in number and type of white blood cells).
Liver panel: This test measures your liver enzymes and the results are an indicator of general health. A check following your results may enable the physician to figure out whether you are ingesting any tablets that may interfere with the functioning of your liver.
Renal panel: This test is an indicator of the functioning of your kidneys—levels of sodium, potassium, calcium, urea nitrogen, creatinine, carbon dioxide, chloride, glucose and phosphate.
Lipid (cardiac) panel: You can get this test done only after fasting for eight hours. It measures cholesterol levels, LDL – bad, HDL – good, and the triglycerides. You can ask for related tests to measure C-reactive protein, which can show if there’s any inflammation indicating cardiac risk independent of cholesterol, and homocysteine, which can reveal whether there is a toxic amino acid present in your body.
Blood glucose: This test analyses how well your body is utilizing sugar. It can confirm diabetic tendency or diabetes as well as long term blood sugar control.
Urinalysis: Last but not to forget, this is indeed not a blood test, you’re right! However, a physical test should ideally include a urine test, as this has the potential to detect problems that aren’t very evident, such as traces of blood in the urine.
Your blood knows it all. All you need to do is get it checked regularly and know your body better!