knowing own TEST values to stay healthy :)
Having worked in many health Care fields for 40 years, often people will get some symptom(s), & know that the MD's, & others want to test, next diagnose, & then medicate/manage the symptoms, until you are dead. --- Most people have been taught to believe that is all they can do. - But in fact, in most states you can do your own TESTS & then to make Nutrition & Lifestyle & Environment changes... with your goal of staying healthy.
Health is real wealth, and without it we have nothing. These tests are inexpensive and priceless. You must know the state of your health. You can do home blood spot testing for blood sugar & HbA1c, & T3, & T4.
You can use online labs like walkinlab.com or healthlabs.com without a doctor for any other tests.
(The standard blood multi-panel test is mostly useless, but looks good on the surface.)
Important LABS are: RE Homocysteine- Normal is 8, or under.
If you suspect a CHD condition, see a cardiologist and get an EKG, stress test, echocardiograph or other tests. CHD is the largest killer by far.
RE High sensitivity CRP : C-reactive protein (CRP) is a protein made by the liver. Measures 0.3 to 10 mg/L. of CRP in the blood and for seemingly healthy people to assess their potential risk for heart problems.
The regular CRP test is for those at risk for infections or chronic inflammatory diseases in the range from 8 to 1000 mg/L (or 0.8 to 100 mg/dL).
Kidneys can be tested with the usual standard blood tests for urea and creatinine, as well as chlorine, potassium and sodium levels.
RE Uric acid Normal values for women are 2.5 to 6 (mg/dL) and for men 4.0 to 8.5 mg/dL. Be at bottom of range.
RE ALT/SGPT- liver disease is epidemic and this is one of the two liver tests.
RE AST/SGOT- this is the second liver test.
RE Blood sugar- use an inexpensive home Tru® meter. Look for a level of 85 or less.
RE Insulin- a very overlooked test. You want a blood result of about plasma 4 to 5.
Americans run about 8-9 on the average. Do this in the morning fasting with an online lab.
RE HbA1c- can be done with a drug store blood spot test. The magic number is 4.6 as it equates to a blood sugar level of 85 (not the medically accepted level of 5.6. A level of 6.5 means you have outright diabetes.)
RE Glucose tolerance (GTT)- only necessary if you have high blood sugar and/or high HbA1c. Look for a level at least 10 points below the medically accepted one.
RE "Cholesterol- the ideal here is about 150. THE most important indicator of heart and artery health.
HDL and LDL are optional.
RE Triglycerides- the ideal here is under 100. Second most important indicator of heart and artery health.
RE Testosterone- for both men and women. Free, not bound or total. You want youthful levels, not the normal levels older people have.
RE DHEA- for both men and women. Again, you want youthful levels.
RE Estradiol- both men and women need to do this. Men and post-meno women want low range. 0.5 on ZRT.
RE Estrone- both men and women need to do this. Men and post-meno women want low range. 1.3 on ZRT.
RE Pregnenolone- anyone over 50 should do this. You must find a lab that will do a blood test, as saliva tests don’t exist. Overall, you can just take it if you're over 40.
RE Estriol- this is for women only. You want high range, not low.
RE Progesterone- this is for women only. You can only do this with a blood test, and not a saliva test.
RE T3- must be midrange, not "in range". Add high and low range and divide by 2.
RE T4- must be midrange, not "in range". Add high and low range and divide by 2.
RE TSH- Only diet and lifestyle will raise or lower it.
RE Melatonin- must be tested at about 3:00 AM. If you can find a saliva melatonin test you can do this. Otherwise don’t bother. Anyone over 50 should need melatonin.
RE Colonoscopy- everyone over 50 should get a colonoscopy. You must see an MD to have this procedure done.
Diagnostics is cheap, important, effective & necessary... when your goal is staying healthy/Youthful.