The sooner you take charge your health, the better. Find a doctor that you are comfortable with and feel comfortable discussing health worries and questions with. Get regular checkups to monitor your weight, heart, and other aspects of your health. If you have questions, ask! The more knowledgeable you are about your body and your health, the better informed you will be.
The following are tests that can be done in regards to your overall health:
FSH & LH
The FSH, or Follicle Stimulating Hormone, is a test to measure the amount of FSH in your blood. This is a sex hormone that is produced by the pituitary glad. It stimulates the production of sperm in men.
This is a female sex hormone that is basically a for of estrogen. In men, it is used to assess estrogen production levels.
Testosterone is a male sex hormone. It helps maintain bone density, muscle strength and mass, sex drive, fat distribution, sperm production, and red blood cell production. Men's testosterone levels increase rapidly after puberty. As they age, these level will decline naturally. This test will measure the amount of testosterone in your blood.
This is a blood test which will detect and monitor inflammation in your body. It can confirm a doctor's diagnosis so proper treatment can be started, and monitored.
This is a blood test which measure the amount of protein present in your blood that indicates inflammation. It can also be used to assess your risk of cardiovascular disease. The high sensitivity of this test means that you can see if you have an increased risk of heart attack or heart problems. It can also determine if inflammation has damaged the lining of your arteries and check for infection after surgery, or see how well your body is reacting to treatment or determine if any infections or diseases are causing inflammation.
This is a test that measures the amount of RF antibody that is present in your blood. This antobody is able to attach to normal body tissue, which results in damage. A high RF level can be because of a number of autoimmune diseases and some infections. This test can be administered to help support a rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis, or to check whether a child who has polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis has an elevated level of RF.
High RF levels can be caused by many things including: rheumatoid arthritis, infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, syphilis, mononucleosis, and malaria. It can also be caused by other autoimmune diseases like systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma, Sjogren's Syndrome or vasculitis. Other causes could be: liver disease, such as hepatitis and cirrhosis, an infection of the heart or Leukemia.
Uric Acid, Serum
This test is administered to measure the level of uric acid present in your blood. Uric acid is a compound in the blood that can be used to diagnose gout (a form of arthritis).It can also diagnose the cause of recurring kidney stones. Several things can cause elevated levels of uric acid, such as high alcohol consumption, or high cell turnover during radiation or chemotherapy treatment. High levels can cause gout. People diagnosed with gout have a higher chance of developing kidney stones.
Antinuclear Antibodies, IFA
This is a primary test to help evaluate a person for autoimmune disorders that affect many organs and tissues throughout the body. It is most often used as one of the test to help diagnose systemic lupus erythematosus. This test is ordered when someone shows signs and symptoms associated with a systemic autoimmune disorder. Some signs and symptoms may include:
Thyroid Stimulation Hormone test checks your body's production of TSH and helps to screen for thyroid disease, hypothyroidism, and hyperthyroidism. The thyroid gland regulates how your body uses energy. It also produces hormones that are critical to proper cell and system function.
If you are always fatigued or your weight fluctuates, it may be a sign of a dysfunctional thyroid. A thyroid level imbalance in your body can cause you to be more susceptible to numerous things such as osteoporosis, heart disease, fatigue, and infertility. These disorders are more common in women and often happen after pregnancy and with older age.
This test is a total triiodothyronine test. It is used to assess thyroid function. This test is primarily used to help diagnose hyperthyroidism and may be ordered to help monitor the treatment of a person with known thyroid disorders.
T3 is produced by the thyroid gland. It helps to control the rate at which the body uses energy.
This test is to measure the total amount of thyroxine that is in your blood. Thyroxine is a hormone that is produced by the thyroid. It is also known as T4. High levels can be an indication of hyperthyroidism and low levels can indicate hypothyroidism. T4 levels may be elevated due to pregnancy or other high estrogen states, including the use of estrogen replacement pills or birth control pills.
Complete Blood Count (CBC) test.
This test can give you a general overall statement of your health. It gives important information about the kind and the number of cells in your blood. It can be used to evaluate symptoms, help diagnose conditions, and treat certain illnesses.
This test will measure the levels of ferritin molecules in the blood. Ferritin is a protein in the body which binds to iron. Low levels are found in those with iron deficiency anemia and high when iron levels are raised. Elevated levels can also be caused by liver dysfunction because the liver is unable to clear it from the body. The levels may also be increased when the body is inflamed or when an infection is present.
Iron and Total Binding Capacity
This test will measure the amount of iron that is present in your blood. Elevated or low levels can cause medical problems. This test is usually used to determine certain types of anemia.
Vitamin B12 and Folic Acid
This test is often used in conjunction to detect deficiencies and to help diagnose the cause of certain anemia types, such as pernicious anemia, an autoimmune disease that affects the absorption of B12. These two vitamins cannot be produced by the body and have to be supplied by the diet.