Don’t you want to be healthy for as long as possible? Staying healthy actually starts while you are still healthy.
Getting your regularly scheduled checkups can help you preserve your health and wellbeing for as long as possible.
If you're already living with some disease it is even more important to make sure you get your checkups. This can help you to manage and possibly reverse your illness and take you back to health.
Basic Blood Work!
There is so much information that we can learn just by getting blood drawn on a regular basis.
Here are tests that should be run on your blood:
• Complete blood count to see the state of our red blood cells and our white blood cells.
• Metabolic panel to look at liver, kidney, spleen function along with basic blood nutrients.
• Blood glucose and HbA1c which looks at your blood glucose over a 3-month period.
• Lipid panel to check total cholesterol as well as your specific good and bad cholesterols. The ratio between your HDL and total cholesterol levels should also be checked.
• HIV test looks at your human immunodeficiency virus viral load if any.
• Thyroid panel including TSH levels, T3 and T4 levels. As women get older their thyroid function can get derailed and cause havoc on the metabolism.
• Estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, FSH and LH are our female hormones and as we move into menopause they can cause a number of symptoms including hot flashes and mood swings.
While you are in the office getting your blood drawn there are a few physical exams you can have done that give information about your health status and risk factors.
Get Your Blood Pressure Checked
Normal blood pressure is around 120/80 mmHg. As the blood pressure increases so does the risk for heart attack and stroke.
Check Your Weight
Body mass index (BMI) tells you if you are overweight based on your height and weight measurements. It is one of the first measurements for obesity. Obesity is a risk factor for chronic diseases like heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes.