Guest Blogger: Jenna
There are many silent diseases, or diseases that show no symptoms until they become serious or damage is done. Some routine blood tests can help monitor for these common diseases, which are import as the earlier you catch them, the better. Getting tested can be especially important for those of us who have diseases that run in the family, such as heart disease.
Blood Glucose. Diabetes can have confusing symptoms that could mean a variety of diabetes. It is important to be tested, particularly if it runs in the family. You could get lucky and catch it in the prediabetes stage. With healthy lifestyle choices, you may be able to bring your blood sugar levels back under control and avoid progressing into type 2 diabetes. If you do suffer from any form of diabetes, it is important to monitor your glucose. The first steps on finding a reliable glucose meter are to do your homework. This test generally requires fasting.
Cholesterol. A blood cholesterol screening test can determine if you have high cholesterol. High cholesterol can lead to serious heart conditions, such as a heart attack or stroke. This test generally requires fasting. High cholesterol can be maintained with diet or medication.
Thyroid Panel. A thyroid function panel can determine if your body is producing too many thyroid hormones (hyperthyroidism) or too few thyroid hormones (hypothyroidism). Symptoms of thyroid conditions can be vague, so it is important to screen for thyroid disorders to rule them out.
HIV. HIV is important in screening for people who are sexually active. Early diagnosis can lead to more effective treatment and can help slow the progression to AIDS. Early detection is also important in helping to prevent the spread of the disease. According to the US Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC), “At the end of 2009, an estimated 1,148,200 persons aged 13 and older were living with HIV infection in the United States, including 207,600 (18.1%) persons whose infections had not been diagnosed.”
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