All Blood Tests in One Place
The average person is much more interested in proactive management of their own health these days, and that is a good thing. People who are active participants in their own care generally get better results in terms of overall health and well-being than those who take a more passive role. If you are a person who would like to take control of your own health, you should know that your local Health Testing Centers blood test lab can be an invaluable resource for you, offering all the tests you need to stay on top of your health status. Here we'll go over the basics of blood testing, as well as some top tests everyone should be aware of as they strive for optimal health maintenance.
What can blood tests detect?
The answer to that question depends largely upon the blood tests ordered. However, in general, blood tests look for or measure specific markers that provide information that help medically evaluate a person's health status.
- Discover proteins, bacteria, antigens or other substances that indicate various infections, diseases or cancers.
- Measure levels of critical hormones to assess the function of glands, organs and bodily systems.
- Measure the blood level of certain body chemicals to assess the health of the heart and circulatory system.
- Analyze and measure blood cells to detect conditions like anemia and other blood-related diseases and conditions.
- Assess nutritional status, measuring levels of essential vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.
- Screen for and/or monitor diabetes and other metabolic syndromes.
- Detect genetic issues that threaten or directly impact health, among many other detection purposes.
Includes a complete blood count (CBC), comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP) and a urinalysis to help assess overall health
Includes a complete blood count (CBC), comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP), urinalysis, hemoglobin A1c, and lipid panel
This test includes the Expanded Wellness Package plus testosterone, thyroid, and vitamin D
This test includes the Expanded Wellness Package, plus thyroid and vitamin D
This test includes the Men's Basic Health Package, plus additional tests including hormones.
This test includes the Women's Basic Health Package, plus additional tests including hormones.
This package combines the Men's Expanded Health Package ,Men's Cancer Screening, Vitamin Package, plus Free T3, Free T4 and Homocysteine.
This package combines the Women's Expanded Health Package , Cancer Screening, Vitamin Package, plus Free T3, Free T4 and Homocysteine.
Used to determine blood group (A, B, AB, or O) and Rh type (positive or negative)
Measures the level of alanine aminotransferase (ALT), an enzyme found in the liver and kidneys
Measures levels of 8 individual components to assess overall health
This test measures BUN and creatinine levels to evaluate kidney function and how well the kidneys are able to filter waste products.
Measures the level of C-reactive protein (CRP) to help assess risk for heart disease
Measures red and white blood cells, hematocrit, hemoglobin and platelets
Measures levels of 14 individual components to assess overall health
Measures level of ferritin to assess iron deficiency or iron overload
Measures glucose level to screen for diabetes or hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
Measures level of iron to assess iron deficiency or iron overload
Measures the amount of iron available to bind to proteins, providing additional information about possible iron deficiency or iron overload
Measures levels of cholesterol and triglycerides to assess risk for heart disease
This OmegaQuant at home test kit may be used to measure your Omega-3 index, Omega-6 : Omega-3 ratio, AA:EPA ratio, Trans Fat index and a full Fatty Acid Profile by a simple finger stick.
This OmegaQuant at home test kit may be used to measure your Omega-3 index, Omega-6 :Omega-3 ratio, AA:EPA ratio and a Trans Fat index by a simple finger stick.
Measures the level of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) to evaluate prostate function in men age 40 and older
The Prothrombin Time(PT/INR) and Partial Thromboplastin Time (PTT) test is used to measure how long it takes the blood to clot.
Measures the amount of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) to evaluate thyroid function
Measures the amount of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) and free thyroxine (T4) to evaluate thyroid function
Examines a urine sample for the presence of proteins and other signs of infection
Measures the amount of vitamin D, an important factor in bone strength
How long does it take for a blood test result?
This depends to a great extent on the specific blood test ordered. It also depends upon the lab that will be processing your blood sample and compiling your tests results. Here at Health Testing Centers, most blood test results are delivered directly to the patient within one or two business days, although there are a few specific tests that can take slightly longer to complete.
What do abnormal blood test results mean?
While this varies according to the specific test or tests done, blood tests results generally display their findings of the targeted markers as compared to a normal range. An important thing to consider as you go over blood test results is that there is a reason that normal is expressed as a range, rather than an absolute number; No two people have the exact same normal. This natural variation among individuals is the reason that routine blood testing is recommended, because it works to establish your own personal baseline on important health markers – a baseline that can be compared to newer results year after year to track any changes in your health status.
So the bottom line is that abnormal test results may, depending upon the specific test, be cause for concern, especially if you are displaying other signs and symptoms of health issues or have tested cancerous, or they may simply be natural variations or prompted by diet, medications or other factors, rather than indications of ill-health. The exception to this rule are blood tests that give clear positive or negative results for the presence of disease-related markers – specific bacteria or viruses, for instance. For that reason, discussing your results with a healthcare provider or testing professional is a necessary component of the testing process.
What are some of the most important blood tests for overall health maintenance?
Regular blood testing is an essential component of good health maintenance, since it can detect health issues in their earliest, most treatable stages. Screening tests that are important for the average person to have regularly to ensure health and well-being include:
- Complete Blood Count – This test evaluates blood composition, measuring red and white blood cells, hematocrit, hemoglobin and platelets. This is important for detecting issues like anemia and other blood disorders, as well as infections, among other purposes.
- Comprehensive Metabolic Panel – This blood test examines a number of components in the blood, including electrolytes, glucose, enzymes and proteins, that provide information on the function of critical organs, such as the kidneys, liver and pancreas.
- Hemoglobin A1C (HgbA1c) – Measures the average amount of glucose in the blood over the previous 2 to 3 months, making it an essential tool for screening for or monitoring diabetes and related metabolic conditions.
- Lipid Profile – Measures levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood to help assess vascular health and heart disease risk.
- Thyroid Function Panel – A blood test that measures levels of essential thyroid hormones, including TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone), T3 and T4, this tests helps evaluate overall thyroid function for the detection of thyroid disorders.
- C-Reactive Protein Highly Sensitive (hs-CRP) – This test helps detect inflammation that can be related to atherosclerosis, a major risk factor for heart disease.
- Homocysteine test – Since high levels of homocysteine in the blood are a risk factor for heart disease, this test helps evaluate heart health.
- Men Only: Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) – Measures levels of PSA in the blood, a protein produced by the prostate gland. High levels of PSA can signal the presence of conditions that include enlarged prostate, prostate inflammation, or prostate cancer.
These are general recommendations suitable for the average person in good general health. If you have specific health issues or are at greater than average risk for certain diseases or conditions, your personal healthcare team has likely recommended a more personalized routine of regular tests, screenings and assessments.