Is your cholesterol level the most important lab you can check? Are the recommended ranges accurate for you? Do these ranges include healthy and non-healthy people? Before you go and get your annual physical, ask yourself these questions.
Do research on doctors in your area that think and look outside the box. For example, Integrative Clinics conduct more comprehensive testing than general lab testing.
Some of the recommended ranges are not accurate if you are trying to lose body fat or enhance your physical performance. For example, Fasting blood glucose levels range is normal if they are 70-100 mg/dL. I have noticed for fat loss, it is more difficult if you are over 90 mg/dL.
Besides lab testing, research these other tests in your area to discover more information about yourself.
For Both Men and Women
- Fasting Blood Glucose
- Thyroid Panel
- Advanced Cardio Lipid Panel
- Body fat testing
- RMR & VO2 Testing
- Vitamin D
- Food Allergy Testing
- Comprehensive Stool Analysis and Parasitology
- SpectraCell Nutrient Testing (Resource: Tim Ferriss; Four Hour Body)
- Colonoscopy (after 40)
- Inflammatory marker testing – C-Reactive Protein (CRP), Homocysteine, Fibrinogen, Glyco A1C
- Basic blood chemistry panel – red and white blood cells, metabolic profile, cholesterol, lipids (LDL, HDL, triglycerides)
- Liver enzymes – alanine transaminase (ALT) and aspartate transaminase (AST)
Recommended Labs and Tests for Men
- Testosterone (total and free)
- Luteinizing hormone (LH)
- Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH)
- Dihydrotestosterone (DHT)
- Prostate-specific antigen (PSA)
Recommended Labs and Tests for Females
- Daily Self exam, Thermography and Mammogram for Breast Health
- Annual Pap Smear & Pelvic Exam
If you have experienced other testing therapies that have supported your health. Please share and comment below.