But that pinch we feel at a blood draw is so worth it! After all, our blood holds an immense amount of clues and signs that you don’t want to miss out on so that you can take actions to improve your health, feel and look better or even prevent serious disease!
The doctor I see regularly orders a rather thorough annual blood workup, and from my reading and research, many other doctors are regularly ordering more specific blood tests, too. Come take a look and see if you may want to ask your health care provider if any of these tests listed here might be a good idea for you and your family members as well.
COMMON ANNUAL BLOOD TESTS
Here are some of the more common blood tests your doctor may order annually for most age groups as well as a bit about what important information it can provide. Do any of these sound familiar? Please note sometimes the names of tests can be different for the same test:
2. Chemistry Panel
3. Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP)
This test gives information about the current status of your kidneys, liver, and electrolyte and acid/base balance as well as your blood sugar and blood proteins.
7 MORE BLOOD TESTS TO CONSIDER FOR YOUR BEST HEALTH
1. C-Reactive Protein (CRP) Inflammation within our body is not a desirable thing! The C-Reactive Protein tests provides a biomarker of inflammation, which can point to your risk for cardiovascular trouble, diabetes, macular degeneration, and cognitive decline.
There is another CRP test called the highly sensitive cardiac CRP test which measures C-reactive protein in the blood at very early stages of vascular disease, allowing for appropriate intervention with diet, supplements, or anti-inflammatory therapy. The cardiac CRP test detects much smaller levels of inflammation than the basic CRP test, so is, therefore, able to identify at-risk patients earlier, even among apparently healthy persons.
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2. Complete Thyroid Work-UpAn underperformed thyroid (hypothyroidism) is incredibly common and I suffer from it myself! Because the symptoms of thyroid imbalance may be nonspecific or absent and may progress slowly, and since many doctors do not routinely screen for thyroid function, people with mild hyper- or hypothyroidism can go undiagnosed for some time. Undiagnosed mild disease can progress and create elevated cholesterol as well as many other conditions.
- TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone)
- free T4
- free T3
- TBG (thyroid binding globulin)
- T3 uptake
- For those with an autoimmune disease or family history of thyroid disease, TPO antibodies and anti-thyroglobulin antibodies
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3. Hemoglobin A1C This test measures a person’s blood sugar control over the last two to three months and is an independent predictor of heart disease risk in persons with or without diabetes. It can also detect pre-diabetes so that measures can be taken to avoid full onset.
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