Once a year I try to do a blood test to see what my current health might be. One blood test will never tell me if I’m healthy, but I’ll have an idea where I might be at. I’m very curious and I like to check myself, see the changes in my body and blood testing is actually a good way to keep an eye out on what’s going on.
What does my testing look like?
- Full blood panel
- Glucose and insulin (in a fasted state)
- Creatinine (to check if my kidneys are functioning)
- ASAT/ALAT and bilirubin (to test liver function)
- Triglycerides (high triglyceride levels can be an indicator of possible heart problems)
- C-reactive protein (CRP) (shows inflammation in the body)
- TSH, free T3, reverse T3, free T4 (shows thyroid function. And NO – it’s not enough just to know your TSH levels, because that can sometimes be normal, but you can still have thyroid dysfunction, so I am always checking all of this)
- Cholesterol, HDL/LDL (just to make sure)
- Lactate (because I regularly work-out I want to know if my body gets rid of lactate)
- Immunoglobulins – IgA, IgG, IgM (shows if there’s something wrong with my immune system)
- Amylase and Lipase (shows if the pancreas is doing its job by producing these digestive enzymes)
- Magnesium (needed for healthy bones, heart, muscles, and nerve function. If insufficient – I might need to supplement it)
- Selenium (needed for thyroid function, DNA synthesis, reproductive system, lowering infection risks. Again, if insufficient – might need some supplements)
- Vitamin B12 (needed for brain health, blood cell production, and proper nerve functioning. And this too – might need some supplementation)
- Vitamin D (this is the only thing I am supplementing throughout the year because it’s essential to have good vitamin D levels)
- Folic acid (makes red blood cells, which delivers oxygen to your entire body)
This year I have also decided to do a saliva test for cortisol and test candida and parasites with stool tests.
For me, the most important test to do is sex hormone test. On the 3rd day of my cycle, I check estradiol, FSH, LH and testosterone. Since the hormone levels change throughout the cycle, I will do another test during the same cycle to see the changes and test progesterone (around 21st day of the cycle, but that is if the ovulation occurs on the 14th day).
Here you can see how the levels should rise and fall, depending on what you are interested in seeing – you can figure out the days on which you need to do the blood tests. Or better – talk to your gynaecologist about this and depending on your case – test when the doctor suggests it. Also, if you want to read a little more on this, you can find some information HERE.
Oh, and one more thing that I have learnt about the tests – once I get my results, I print them out and I write down how I am currently feeling if I have any issues or maybe I will look at it for my “baseline” because I am feeling fantastic. It’s important to write it down because a few years later, I doubt that I will remember how I felt during the testing, but it might be useful information at some point.
If you’ve got some ideas of what else should be useful to tests, do let me know!