Blood Tests & You

My ideal situation for when I see a client for the first time, is that they show me their blood results that they have just had!

It may be just the geek in me, but it has a lot to do with getting an insight of where you are at. I guess more of a ‘baseline’ of where you first start in your health journey.

It surprises me how many people haven’t had a blood test in years! I suppose my typical client does not like going to the doctors, but blood tests sure do give you a lot of information!

I get my bloods done once a year, just for a general sticky beak. See if things have changed…I have a  file dedicated to blood (and other tests) results.

What……. you don’t??

It is your right to have a copy of your results. It’s your information, and your entitled to be given a copy. Next time you do have some tests done- ask for a copy.

I have been receiving a lot of mentoring in the last 18 months on interpreting blood results. And I have been loving it!

As a simple baseline these are the general blood tests that you should request (after fasting the night before):

  • Cholesterol panel
  • Full Blood Count
  • General chemistry
  • Iron studies
  • Glucose
  • Renal studies
  • Liver Function Test
  • TSH + T4 + T3
  • Vitamin D
  • CRP

If I had my way…………..

  • All of the above
  • Active B12
  • Homocysteine
  • Serum folate
  • Serum zinc
  • Cortisol
  • Serum copper
  • Selenium

The first list is covered by Medicare (T4 + T3 are sometimes not). The rest can be covered by Medicare, it just depends on your doctor and how flexible they are. If you can give them a good enough reason, they generally are happy to request a blood test for you.

I often get a funny look when I suggest to people that they should go and get a blood test done. This is because my clients see me for gut issues, and they can’t connect the two together. As a naturopath, we treat the WHOLE person. And yes, your body works synergistically and if one area is under stress, it will put another area under stress too.

Below is a Facebook Live I put together on the topic.

Have a watch below!

 

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