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What Blood Tests Should I Have Done?

In our last blog, we took a look at why you should regularly have a blood test. While there can be no denying the many benefits that it provides, there are various types of tests available which can make it difficult to know which is right for you. 

We have curated three screening panels from basic, which provides a baseline of your health markers, through to standard, a broad screen providing more in-depth results, to an advanced screen which offers a detailed dive into your health and wellness. We will soon launch a package for those interested in sports and fitness, designed to improve performance.

In addition we offer a free consultation with our Doctor if you are unsure of the tests you need or if you have a specific health concern.

Here are just some common tests that you many want to consider:

  • Complete Blood Count (CBC)

The Complete Blood Count or CBC test is one of the most common types of blood test available and should always form one of the basic tests of any annual check-up. This is an important test to have as it helps to measure the red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, haematocrit and haemoglobin in your body.

  • Comprehensive Metabolic Path (CMP)

Another blood test that should form part of your basic healthcare check-up is a CMP test. This measures your fasting glucose levels as well as things such as sodium, potassium and calcium to determine your overall metabolism alongside kidney and liver function.

  • Thyroid Panel

This test will allow doctors to see how effectively your thyroid is producing and responding to certain hormones. Finding an abnormal marker could indicate an array of health conditions, including low protein levels, incorrect levels of testosterone or oestrogen or a potential thyroid growth. 

  • Vitamin D

If you are regularly feeling fatigued and tired, then you should have a Vitamin D blood test undertaken. Many of us do not get the required levels of sunlight that our body needs, which can lead to an array of autoimmune diseases and even certain cancers.

  • Coagulation tests

Clotting helps to stop wounds from bleeding, but a clot in your veins or arteries can be deadly. This test will examine how effectively your blood clots and how long it takes to do so, and it can also be used to diagnose conditions such as leukaemia, haemophilia, various liver conditions, vitamin deficiencies and thrombosis. 

Want to understand your health?

Are you looking to understand and improve your health? Blood tests can provide a fantastic insight into your health and wellness, which means that they should form an essential part of your regular check-up. 

Looking for a blood test in Derry ~ Londonderry? Click here to read more about our blood testing service and to book an appointment.

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