Being health-conscious doesn’t just mean visiting the gym and following diets. It also means making sure you are healthy from within and that all your organs are functioning well. The best way to do so is by getting regular blood tests done and going for check-ups (annual/six-monthly) and consulting your doctor for any issues you might spot during the check-ups.
Sharing today, information regarding the various blood tests that one needs to do and how often. ( I asked a close friend, who is a gynaecologist, for the below information.)
COMMON BLOOD TESTS:
ROUTINE BLOOD TEST:
CBC – A Complete Blood Count that measures the haemoglobin levels and counts your red and white blood cells.
This blood test will help you know if you are anaemic, or suffering from an infection.
BSL – A test that’s usually advised by a doctor to check your Blood Sugar Levels. People with a hectic daily schedule, who don’t follow a set eating and sleeping pattern and whose diet includes more of junk food (because of their schedules) are advised to take this test. So, if you belong to this category, do enquire with your family physician about it.
LIPID PROFILE – This test measures your cholesterol, LDL (Bad cholesterol), HDL (Good cholesterol), and triglycerides (fats) in your blood). This test is for those who have a poor diet, follow no exercise regimen and have irregular sleeping patterns. Excess levels of these fats is harmful for your health. It clogs arteries and keeps your heart from functioning normally.
SERUM TSH ( THYROID) – TSH is the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone. This test checks if your thyroid gland is functioning well. Higher levels of this hormone in your blood could mean an under-active thyroid, and lower levels could mean a hyper-active thyroid.
URINE – Routine and Microscopy exam – This is advised to check for any Urinary Tract Infections, kidney problems and diabetes.
SERUM CALCIUM – To check your calcium levels.
VITAMIN D3 – To check your Vitamin D3 levels.
VITAMIN B12 – To check your Vitamin B12 levels, if you experience weakness and fatigue.
USG – Ultra Sonography – To study your internal organs like abdomen and pelvis, the uterus and the ovaries.
*Based on the results of the above tests (BSL, Lipid Profile, TSH), your doctor will advise you on how often you need to go for these tests. Usually, if all the reports come out normal, you could repeat it yearly, or once every two years, depending on your lifestyle and overall health.
OTHER IMPORTANT CHECK-UPS:
BREAST EXAMINATION – Checking your breasts for any abnormalities is best done by yourself at home. This will help you stay aware of any changes that you might notice in your breasts. Visit your gynaec if you do notice any changes in the breast’s appearance.
DENTAL CHECK-UP – A six-monthly dental examination will help in maintaining your overall oral health and hygiene.
ANNUAL EYE CHECK-UP – An annual eye check-up is most necessary today because of the number of gadgets we use. Staring at a screen for long duration can dry your eyes. It is advised to blink regularly and take regular breaks while using the laptop. So, if you work with the computer/laptop or are addicted to your smartphone, it’s best to get your eye health checked regularly.
These are some of the tests we need to get done on a regular basis. Mark your calendars or set a reminder in your phone, but do take care of yourself.
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