I am a newbie to Paleo, and have been a member of PaleoHacks for about 1.5 weeks. Since I joined, I have seen several questions regarding blood work.
Is there a specific type of blood work I should get done in order to check my levels; Or is it general blood work? What sort of test should I request? Can I get the blood work done when seeing my Primary Care Physician; Or should I see a Specialist?
Sorry for all the questions, I am new, and still learning everyday.
Thank you for your time. All your advice and suggestions are welcome.
Ideally, I would like blood work done in order to check what I am lacking and what I am absorbing too much of. Which would then be implemented into my diet.
asked byPrimalFit_D (1047)
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on November 23, 2012
at 02:48 AM
This depends on a lot of things. First and foremost what can you afford? What can you get your PCP to justify to your HMO?
Once you figure that out, just prioritize. Any symptoms you're concerned about? Any hereditary conditions? Any goals that could be measured through bloodwork?
Really though, if you're moderately young, healthy, and not specifically driven to hack any physicality... you might not want to bother.
Personally I'd take advantage of any opportunity to gain empirical knowledge of my self.
on November 26, 2012
at 02:54 AM
My personal opinion is that you do not need any blood work. you've been eating this way for 1.5 weeks, give it 3-4 months. At that point if you are having issues (low energy, etc) then maybe it's time to get your levels checked.
You have a physical coming up, get the standard panels but don't put too much stock in them until you've had a chance to get used to your new way of eating.