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What Can My Bloodwork Tell Me?

What Can My Bloodwork Tell Me?

Blood tests are like a preventive tune-up for your body - they give our health care providers the lowdown on your inner workings, helping us detect potential issues before they become major problems. When our team at Summit Primary Care in Colorado orders a blood test, we check for specific conditions and monitor your body's general well-being. Every detail matters when it comes to understanding your health. 

Let's translate the vital signs in your bloodwork and uncover what they're trying to tell us.

Bloodwork basics

Bloodwork involves analyzing a sample of your blood to measure different substances and cells. When you're getting checked out, our doctors will likely order a series of tests, including the complete blood count (CBC), basic metabolic panel (BMP), and lipid profile, to cover all the bases. 

Imagine your body is a complex system; each test gives us a close-up look at a specific part.

Detecting anemia and infections

One of the most common uses of bloodwork is to check for anemia and infections. When we order a CBC, we look for more than just a numerical score. We’re seeking a personalized map of your health down to your red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. 

If you're perpetually drained and weak, it may be related to a shortage of red blood cells, a key indicator of anemia. Elevated white blood cell counts, on the other hand, can signal an infection or inflammation somewhere in your body.

Monitoring organ health

Blood tests like the BMP can also assess the health of your organs. It measures blood sugar, calcium, and electrolytes – a health trifecta. Add kidney function indicators like creatinine and blood, urea, and nitrogen (BUN), and you get a comprehensive picture of your body's inner workings. 

High blood levels of certain substances can signal trouble, such as diabetes, kidney problems, or a wonky electrolyte balance. 

Evaluating heart health

A healthy heart equals a healthy life. It's a simple yet crucial equation, and evaluating your heart health is the first step toward balancing it.

Why do millions of people still die from heart disease each year? One major reason is that they don't know their lipid profile numbers. Don't let that be you - get tested and take control of your heart health. This cholesterol test examines the good, the bad, and the worrisome - referring to HDL, LDL, and triglycerides. 

You want to avoid high LDL and triglycerides coupled with low HDL cholesterol – a formula that catapults your risk of heart disease and stroke to alarming heights. Armed with your test results, we can develop a personalized plan to get your heart health back on track.

Identifying nutritional deficiencies

Blood tests can also help identify nutritional deficiencies. For instance, a test measuring your levels of vitamin D, vitamin B12, and iron can pinpoint deficiencies that may cause symptoms like fatigue, muscle weakness, and mood changes. 

Identifying hormonal imbalances

There's a delicate balance to your hormones, and when it's disrupted, it can ripple out to affect your mood, energy levels, and reproductive health - basically, your entire quality of life. Blood tests can measure thyroid hormones, insulin, and sex hormones (e.g., estrogen and testosterone). 

Pinpointing chronic conditions

Imagine having a comprehensive roadmap to managing chronic diseases like diabetes, thyroid disorders, and liver disease. That's exactly what bloodwork provides – a detailed snapshot of the body's internal environment. 

For example, the hemoglobin A1c test helps to diagnose diabetes or monitor its management by measuring your average blood glucose levels over the last three months. Getting a clear picture of liver health requires more than just a hunch. That's why liver function tests are essential, tracking enzymes like ALT and AST to spot any damage or inflammation.

Early cancer detection

Some blood tests can even aid in the early detection of certain cancers. Tumor markers are substances found in higher-than-normal amounts in the blood, urine, or tissues of some people with cancer. When these markers start trending upward, we take notice. This usually triggers a round of additional testing to see if cancer is a possibility.

Get your bloodwork done today

Blood tests are more than just a poke and a pill. They offer a microscope into your health, helping us detect hidden problems like anemia, infections, and nutrient deficiencies, and keeping you one step ahead of chronic conditions.

To schedule an annual exam with bloodwork, call the office nearest you in La Junta, Denver, Colorado Springs, or Pueblo, Colorado, or click here to schedule online today.

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