Take charge of your health: the power of regular blood work panels

Approximately 70% of Adults feel as though they are more health-conscious after the COVID-19 pandemic. However, while many would like to better their health, they often do not know where to begin when it comes to making long-lasting changes. This is where regular blood work panels can come in handy!

Why regular blood panels matter

There are many reasons why regular blood panels matter – no matter how healthy you may currently be! 

  1. Early Detection of Potential Health Issues. The sooner you know of potential health issues, the sooner you (and your physician) can take action. This means you can make actionable changes that reduce the risk of becoming unwell in the future. 
  1. Monitoring existing health conditions. Regular blood testing can also help monitor a wide range of pre-existing health conditions, such as anaemia, liver disease, or high cholesterol. 
  1. Identifying risk factors for chronic diseases. Blood tests analyze various health markers, which could make it easier to identify whether you are at risk for developing a specific disease or health condition.
  1. Tracking the effectiveness of treatment plans. Lab test results focusing on your blood can also help you track the effectiveness of treatment plans, especially when you compare the results to previous tests. 

What blood work panels can reveal

While they are primarily referred to as a preventative health measure, you’d be surprised about just how much is revealed during a routine blood work panel. They can measure: 

  • Complete Blood Count (CBC). This includes your red and white blood cell levels, which are responsible for transporting oxygen through your body and fighting off infection, respectively. A CBC will also reveal your hemoglobin levels and the number of platelets in your blood.
  • Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CPM). A CPM will provide physicians with insight into your electrolyte and blood sugar levels, alongside a wide range of bodily functions, such as your kidney and liver function. This can be essential when managing chronic conditions such as diabetes. 
  • Lipid Panel. A Lipid panel will measure the lipids (fats) in your blood, i.e. your cholesterol levels. They will measure LDL (Low-Density Lipoprotein), HDL (High-Density Lipoprotein) and triglycerides.
  • Thyroid Function Tests. Thyroid function tests will analyze your thyroid hormone levels, which can provide you with insight into your bone health, heart function and more. 

If you have a pre-existing health condition or are worried about the possibility of hereditary conditions, you can also arrange for other specialized tests to be carried out. 

Understanding your blood work panel results

When receiving your blood work panel results, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. After all, they may feature medical jargon you aren’t familiar with, making it difficult to decipher what information is being conveyed.

While your healthcare practitioner will be able to go through this in more detail, common terms/phrases you’ll see include: 

  • Red Blood Cells (RBC). A healthy range for RBC is 4.7-6.1 million cells/uL for men and 4.2-5.4 million cells/uL,
  • Platelets. Platelets are responsible for blood clotting; a healthy range is between 150,000 and 450,000 platelets/uL.
  • Hemoglobin (Hgb). This is the protein found in red blood cells, and a healthy range is between 13.5-17.5 g/dL for men and 12.0-15.0 g/dL for women.

However, the above list is by no means extensive. If you have any questions about your results, you should ask your doctor. They will be able to describe them in more detail, easing your mind. Remember to follow up on any recommendations or suggestions they make! 

See a full list of biomarkers in our blood panels.

Preparing for your blood work panel

If you have decided to take a proactive health test to find out more about your body and your overall health, there are certain steps you should follow ahead of your appointment. 

  • Follow fasting requirements. Some blood tests, such as lipid testing, require you to fast ahead of time. This allows for more accurate, specific results. Your doctor will let you know whether fasting is a requirement and the amount of time you should fast—typically between 8 and 12 hours.
  • Stay hydrated. Staying hydrated is also useful when undergoing blood testing, as this makes it easier to draw blood. 
  • Avoid certain medications. Some forms of medication, such as antibiotics, may impact the result of your blood tests. As such, you may have to miss a dose before your blood work panel takes place. 
  • Speak to your doctor. If you have any questions or concerns about your blood work panels, speak to your doctor ahead of time. They will be able to put your mind at ease! 

Taking control of your health after the panel

So, you’ve got your results. Now what?

Once you’ve received the result of your blood work panels, it’s time to change your lifestyle according to the findings. For example, if certain health markers, such as high cholesterol levels, were identified, you should begin making lifestyle changes to accommodate this, such as altering your diet.

Generally speaking, however, working to maintain a healthy weight through regular exercise and enjoying a healthy, balanced diet is beneficial no matter the results. If necessary, you should also ensure that you schedule follow-up appointments so that you can keep a close eye on any complications or conditions moving forward.

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Luis Martinez

Dr. Luis Martínez is a Regenerative Medicine, Antiaging and Cell Therapy specialist, clinical researcher and biomedical consultant. He earned his medical degree at The Ponce School of Medicine and completed his residency training at the prestigious University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Martinez is also CoFounder of the Clinical Peptide Society, a US based professional organization aimed at educating physicians and advancing the use of peptide therapeutics.

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