We hope that the year is bringing you the best of health so far.
As many of us continuously strive to get or stay healthy, using screening lab testing to set a baseline of health or track ongoing progress is a beneficial process. Checking a panel of useful lab test markers serves multiple purposes:
- Establish a personal baseline. In the same way that many people track fitness goals on an ongoing basis, measuring your own markers can help you establish your own personal lab test baseline and ranges. After all, while laboratory test manufacturers do their best to come up with generic reference intervals for their tests, they aren’t a perfect fit for everyone.
- Screen for abnormalities. Lab test data trends are more interesting than any lab test result in isolation. Repeating lab testing on an ongoing basis can help identify markers that deviate from trends and may help catch potential problems in their early stages.
- Commit to ongoing health. Some people don’t want to deal with the hassle of going to a lab and getting lab testing done. Getting tested is a great way to take action and build a commitment to ongoing health.
Here’s a list of 10 important tests to consider this year:
- Creatinine Test (kidney function levels). This marker is a good screen for overall kidney function.
- Glucose Test. High glucose levels suggest diabetes, a problem with regulating sugar in the body.
- Hemoglobin (blood test for anemia). This test helps screen for anemia, a condition which can cause fatigue and other symptoms.
- Hemoglobin A1c Test. In conjunction with the Glucose test, the Hemoglobin A1c test looks for abnormalities with regulating blood sugars over a longer period of time.
- Hepatic Function Panel (LFT lab test). This panel checks a variety of markers related to liver health.
- Iron Panel Test. This test checks an important element needed for red blood cell production in the body.
- Lipid Panel Test. This panel checks various cholesterol and lipid (i.e. fat) levels in the blood.
- TSH Test. TSH, also known as Thyroid-Stimulating hormone, is an initial screening test for thyroid health.
- Vitamin B12 lab test. Vitamin B12 has a number of functions in the body and can be supplemented when levels are low.
- Vitamin D lab test. Vitamin D is important for tissue health and it is earning more attention for other important roles it plays in the immune system.
It might seem like a lot of lab tests to get all at once but the good part is that it only takes one blood draw. Additionally, to make it easy to order all of these important lab tests at once, we’ve combined them and some additional markers into our Wellness 3 Panel.
Accesa Labs is motivated to help our customers achieve their health goals through lab testing. Please let us know how we can help you get or stay healthy.