The Importance of Biomarkers And Blood Work
Do you ever feel listless, tired or depressed? Are you eating the way you always have yet gaining weight or are you short of breath after even the simplest exertion? While the causes of these symptoms could be as simple as a lack of exercise or sleep, the true underlying cause could be much more serious including low red blood cells, low sex hormones (testosterone or estrogen), your glucose status, your level of inflammation markers, or your thyroid function among others. These underlying causes can only be detected or measured through clinical blood work or blood tests which measure these biomarkers to determine if they are within “normal” healthy parameters. To maintain optimal health you should have your blood levels checked on a regular basis to assure you have the proper balance of these biomarkers.
6 Reasons Why You Should Get Your Blood Work Checked. If you are experiencing any of the following conditions you should consider having your blood work checked:
- Feeling tired or lethargic? While both can be caused by lack of exercise, they could also be symptoms of hypothyroidism from abnormal TSH, T3 and T4 levels or low hormone levels such as testosterone. These condition can only be detected through blood work.
- Unexplained weight gain? If you follow your same diet and exercise patterns yet inexplicably gain weight, you may be experiencing abnormal hormone levels, insulin resistance and glucose and cortisol issues leading to Type 2 Diabetes, hypothyroidism as discussed above, or a number of problems with hormones that control fat metabolization and fat burning. Again, these conditions can only be detected through blood work.
- Shortness of breath? Do you have trouble catching your breathe? It could be caused by a lack of exercise, but could also be the result of low red blood cells, the cells that carry oxygen throughout your body or similar blood abnormalities. Shortness of breath could also be caused by too much fluid in your bloodstream caused by liver or kidney conditions. Any of these conditions must be detected by blood work.
- Restlessness, irritability or mood swings? Are you restless or having trouble sleeping? Restlessness and irregular sleep patterns are often caused by abnormal cortisol levels, melatonin imbalances or insufficient neurotransmitters. Problems with testosterone, cortisol or estrogen levels will increase your chances of mood swings and irritability which can lead to anxiety and depression if not corrected. Again, these conditions can only be detected through blood work.
- Changes in your skin, hair or nails? Aside from normal aging, changes to your hair or skin can be an indicator of abnormal hormone or thyroid levels that may cause dry hair and skin, thin and brittle nails and even hair loss. Abnormal testosterone or estrogen levels can cause hair loss or the appearance of new hair growth in unexpected locations. To determine the cause of these changes you should get your levels checked through blood work.
- Experiencing low sex drive? An estimated 40% of women report no or low libido, making it one of the most common female sexual complaints. Many men over 40 experience low sex drive or sexual dysfunction. These problems can be directly linked to abnormal testosterone and estrogen levels and can be treated once they are detected through blood work.
A simple blood test can help you take charge of your health, today and in the future. These simple blood tests can assess your overall health, and detect the silent warning signals that precede the serious diseases such as arthritis, diabetes and heart disease.
Don’t wait for problems or symptoms to find out if you have a chemical or hormonal imbalance. Good news, in most cases your insurance provider will cover the costs of your blood work.
We recommend BluePrint Health Services the most convenient way to get your blood levels checked. In most cases your insurance provider will cover the cost your blood work without needing an appointment.
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