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EmpowHER Friday: The Importance of Blood Tests

Me & My OBGMarch 13, 2015Articles

By having regular blood tests, you can learn a lot about your health. The more you know, the better you are able to take care of your body.

Your blood can tell you something is wrong even before you know there is something wrong. It is important to establish your personal baseline to measure against for the future. 

Blood TestThe list below does not include full medical descriptions and should not be used for diagnostic treatment. They are simply to help guide you to find out what tests are best for you.

Make sure to talk with your doctor regarding your laboratory tests so you can take charge of YOUR health.

  • Comprehensive Metabolic Panel: Gives you information about your kidneys, liver, electrolyte and acid/base balance, levels of blood glucose and blood proteins.
  • Lipid Profile (Cholesterol, HDL, LDL and Triglycerides): Measures cholesterol in your body and determines your risk of heart disease.
  • TSH (ultra sensitive): Evaluates thyroid function.
  • T3: Helps diagnose hyperthyroidism.
  • T4: Helps evaluate thyroid gland functions.
  • FSH: Measures the amount of follicle-stimulating hormone in the blood, which can be used to determine infertility.
  • Estradiol: The predominant sex hormone which impacts reproductive and sexual functioning, bone health, heart health nerves and metabolism.
  • Testosterone (Free and Total): Helps test for conditions relating to infertility, low libido and signs of masculinization.
  • CA 125: Identifies cancer cells and may be used to test for ovarian cancer.
  • NTx: Used to determine bone resorption. Important for women in menopause, women with eating disorders and certain breast cancer patients.
  • Cortisol (Free and Total): Measures hormone levels that may show problems with the adrenal glands or pituitary gland. Important for energy and to manage stress.
  • Serum Ferritin Level: Measures iron in the body.
  • Vitamin D, 25-Hydroxy: Measures Vitamin D in the body which helps control calcium and phosphate levels.
  • DHEA-Sulfate: Used to check the function of the adrenal glands.

KNOW YOUR NUMBERS! It is the single most important thing to know about your health.

Every lab is different so make sure to use the same lab for comparable results. When you are consistent with one lab you know when something is off. If a number went up or down you always want to know why. You have got to know your numbers.

Source: EmpowHER

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