"I'm heading to a physical, and I want blood work done. Dr. Livingood, give me some guidance. What should I be looking for?"
Glad you asked!
Here's a laundry list of what to look for in your blood work:
1. A Complete Blood Panel Ok this one isn't uncommon but I wanted to be sure you don't stop here, this is the basic.
3. Fasting Insulin Levels - Going deeper than blood sugar and A1C levels will help give more understanding of insulin resistance and prevention of diabetes and heart disease.
4. Ferritin Levels. This is a powerful stroke risk predictor as it helps to measure the "weight" of your blood and how much iron it is carrying. 2
5. Uric Acid is going to measure how your body is breaking down fructose. This is important for ...