Routine Blood Testing is a common way to monitor your health, and as a preventative measure, it can assess your risk for developing certain diseases. Many disease treatment plans are successful due to the use of Routine Blood Testing, which helps doctors identify diseases early on and provide steps to avert the impact those diseases may have on your general health.
The following Routine Blood Tests are commonly requested by doctors to help determine how well your body is functioning, provide insight into your general health, and assist in identifying potential or underlying health-related issues.
Complete Blood Count (CBC): The CBC test is one of the most common blood tests doctors order and is used to evaluate your overall health by measuring the cells in the blood and their type (red/white blood cells and platelets). This test is necessary for assisting the doctor when diagnosing a patient who may be suffering from excessive blood loss due to the inability of blood to coagulate or is suffering from other symptoms such as weakness and fatigue.
Basic Metabolic Panel (BMP): A series of tests that measure several substances in your blood such as glucose, sodium, potassium, and gives your doctor important information related to the state of your body’s metabolism. The BMP helps diagnose diseases such as diabetes and kidney disease (You may be required to fast before blood drawing).
Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP): The CMP is similar to the Basic Metabolic Panel but with six additional tests that focus on evaluating how your organs are working. This test also helps health care professionals to identify diseases such as kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and liver disease.
Lipid Panel: The Lipid Panel helps to evaluate your risk for developing cardiovascular disease and monitor/measure the level of lipids in your blood. Doctors can use these results to detect high cholesterol levels in the blood, detect the underlying symptoms of a stroke such as a blocked artery so that the probability of a patient suffering from a stroke is less likely. Fasting is typically required for this test. A patient may be advised against consuming any food or substances other than water within a period of ten to twelve hours; to prevent the patient’s cholesterol levels from being affected before the blood testing.
Thyroid Stimulation Hormone (TSH): Usually requested by a doctor if a patient has a swollen thyroid gland or is showing signs of hypo or hyperthyroidism. This test can determine whether the thyroid is over or underactive. Thyroid-stimulating hormones are very important as they assist in brain development, bone health, digestion, and the wellbeing of your heart. However, too little or too much of these substances can prove to be detrimental to a patient. Therefore, the TSH test is done to evaluate thyroid gland function and determines if any disorders are present by measuring the amount of Thyroid-stimulating hormone in the blood.
While the benefits of routine blood testing are undeniable, it can sometimes be challenging to understand your test results. We encourage you to have open conversations with your doctor and discuss any questions or concerns you may have when pertains to your results. It is important to keep in mind that, if your doctor has not ordered blood testing for you, you can order testing for yourself.
Remember blood testing can act as a preventative measure which can help you:
- Assess your risk for certain diseases such as heart disease
- Evaluate whether your prescribed medications are working
- See how well your organs are functioning
- Diagnosis diseases or conditions such as diabetes or cancer
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