Five blood tests after 40

Blood Test

Of all the machines on this planet, none of them is more complex than the human body. Yet, most of us don’t realize this and choose to ignore the early signs of malfunction. The current lifestyle subjects the mind and body to immense stress leading to various lifestyle disorders.

While a healthy lifestyle is important, routine check ups are equally important. This becomes all the more essential as you grow old and your body loses its ability to withstand continuous stress. Here are 5 tests that you should go for annually:

1. Complete Blood Count: CBC helps evaluate your erythrocytes (oxygen carrying cells), leucocytes (help fight infections and allergies) and platelets (blood clotting cells).

2.Thyroid Profile: Thyroid is an endocrine gland which secretes thyroid hormone which plays an important role in metabolism and any imbalance can lead to hyper/hypothyroidism. Periodic TSH, T3 and T4 estimations help to evaluate thyroid functioning.

3.Blood sugar: More than 7.5% of adult population in India suffers from Diabetes, making early detection important.

4.Liver Function Test: Liver helps detoxifying the body, aids metabolism and maintains hormone balance. SGOT, SGPT, ALP and albumin levels tell us how healthy our liver is.

5.Lipid Profile: This evaluates the total cholesterol in your body and separately gives values for the good (HDL) and bad (LDL, VLDL) cholesterol, thus alerting those with potential cardiovascular risks.

While other tests are significant, these 5 tests are absolutely essential for adults to get checked annually.

Author: Dr. Abhishek Chaudhuri

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