Requested: Advice about what markers to ask for on a blood test

Answered on July 30, 2014
Created July 27, 2014 at 7:12 AM

I am a Type II diabetic, I get a fairly standardized blood test yearly through my national health service. I think my next one isn't due until January. However, it does not include things I would like measured. For example, last year I asked the doctor if he would include the 25-hydroxy vitamin D test in the analysis and his reply was that this could only be included if recommended by a specialist.

So I am thinking about going to a private clinic, if it's not too expensive and ordering up a blood test. What I want to know is what to include besides the standard glucose, A1C, hepatic, lipids, white blood cells...

I would like to include fasting insulin, vitamin D, NMR to test the size of my LDL particles.

Can folks suggest more markers to check? thanks

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on July 30, 2014
at 12:13 AM

Those are good tests. What about checking the thyroid function? I never remember which versions of T3 and T4 testing are best, perhaps someone else will chime in.

If paying privately, can't you skip the tests the NHS will pay for and order only those the NHS doesn't cover?

Even here in the US we have to do that. My HMO (insurance "health" maintenance organization) will not run certain tests, so I order them online and pay for them myself.

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