What are the most important blood tests to get?

Hm I posted a similar thread here: http://www.longecity.org/forum/topic/48882-most-important-blood-tests-to-get/page__p__462871__fromsearch__1#entry462871

The ones that I would consider very important are Hemoglobin A1c (for glucose),IGF-1, Lp(a), glucose, insulin, homocysteine, blood lipids, and testosterone

Full thyroid panel, 25OHD (D3), blood lipids including LP(pla)2 to determine how oxidized LDL is, and full sex hormone panel (not just testosterone/estrogen)

Does anyone have a favorite place to get saliva hormone tests?

I have used www.personalabs.com to get my blood tests done. The prices seem pretty good but the format in which they output their test orders was very confusing to the lab and they ended up missing a couple of tests. I had to make another trip to the lab to get the tests that they missed.

What about C Reactive Proteins?

Saliva Hormones:

Adrenal Stress Plus Profile - Saliva http://www.metametrix.com/test-menu/profiles/hormones/adrenal-stress-plus
Adrenal Stress Profile - Saliva http://www.metametrix.com/test-menu/profiles/hormones/adrenal-stress

Genova – Saliva

If you are interested in these I can order them for you.

Note, insurance companies will not cover saliva testing due to the fact that they do not consider it equivalent to hormone testing.

Hi InquilineKea,

This is an useful post:) . Well i know name of few blood tests which i want to mention here.
Thyroid hormon, Insulin and glucose, Ferritin, Cholesterol, Triglycerides, Hemoglobin A1C, Complete Blood Count etc.:heart:

The most important question is: for what? Are you just looking for screening?

The problem is that if you are not looking for a specific symptom or condition, you can get yourself really confused and scared due to the statistical up and down variability that all blood tests have. I’m a pathologist (doctor of lab medicine) and we have over 3000 tests in our menu!

Normal ranges are based on 95% probabilities which sounds great until you think that 1 out of 20 random variables will be out of range, just randomly. If you do 20 blood tests, it’s real easy to get false elevations or depressions of values that are just flukes and then you’re signed up for a bunch more testing. These are called false positives and false negatives and ALL lab tests have them.

That said…
Heart screening: get a complete lipid panel and pay the most attention to HDL and triglycerides. Total cholesterol is not worth much; it is statistically a poor predictor. Oh, C reactive protein to measure inflammation is also a good one to get. If you want a higher level screen, more money, get an ApoB or a LDL-p particle count by NMR. (in US.) They also do a big genetic profile for cardiac risk that only needs to be done once in your life. For a good lay introduction see Cholesterol Clarity by J. Moore.

Get blood pressure checked.

Thyroid: TSH is usually a good screen unless you have some thyroid symptoms; check with your doc. Thyroid disease is common but less common than the scams that have come up around thyroid disease which gets blamed for everything.

Liver function tests are probably a good idea to get every once in a while; hepatitis has good treatment now. ALT, AST, Alkaline Phosphatase, Bilirubin.

Hgb A1c measures the average blood sugar over several months and is a good test for diabetes which is epidemic in this country.

CBC, complete blood count, has a lot of complex information but is probably worth adding.

Hormones? They vary a lot through the day, menstrual cycle, etc. See paragraph above: what question are you looking to answer?

Cancer screening: women get pap smears annually unless recommended less frequent. Paps are the single most successful cancer screen ever devised. Also ask your doc about mammograms.

Everyone get a colonoscopy; ask your doc. Most people start at 50 unless you have family history. Stop smoking yesterday!

Doc Jim

It depends on what should be tested. There are some popular tests, but it doesn’t make them important. It will be better to visit your doctor, ask what tests should be ordered and then order lab tests online. It will save you some time and money.