We’ve all heard the adage of “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” and when it comes to your health, that’s definitely true! Committing to regular checkups and blood work can help you stay on top of your wellness, and catch issues early. It’s also an easy way to invest in your long-term self-care! Regular yearly physicals or wellness exams are recommended for everyone, regardless of age or gender, but they become more important as we get older and for those with chronic conditions. Most routine doctor’s visits include blood work, which can give you a priceless picture of what’s going on inside your body.
While blood tests are never 100% accurate, and shouldn’t be treated as the end-all-be-all of your medical care, they are a valuable tool. Your doctor should order routine blood work at least once per year to check for standard things like:
- Complete blood count (CBC)
- Lipid panel (includes total cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL, and HDL)
- Comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP)
- Hemoglobin A1C
- Thyroid panel
- Vitamin D levels
Depending on your unique medical history and current health concerns, your doctor may also order tests for your liver and kidney function, inflammatory markers like hsCRP, hormones like estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, or others.
The results of your blood work can indicate where you are in terms of your health, whether your current medications are working, and whether you may need to make other changes to your diet, lifestyle, or medication routine. Getting blood work done is easy, and you can often get results in a matter of days! Thankfully, like with most routine medical concerns, you can receive regular blood work testing at your local urgent care clinic, and don’t need to wait for an opening at a doctor’s office or pay the high costs of a hospital visit.
If it’s time to schedule your yearly physical or other wellness exam with routine blood work, come down to DuPage Immediate Care!