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Newbie: Question about Blood Work?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 23, 2012 at 1:51 AM

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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.

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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.

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

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on November 23, 2012
at 03:02 AM

Well I'm not a doctor... but Thyroid seems to be a common issue for females of all ages. Other than that focus on energy level. Depending on your PCP you may find they just want to dose you up with some pharmies. Stay adamant. Demand some sort of testing... nutrient levels, sleep study... get your hands dirty on the research end of it. Pay attention to repetitive, consistent information. And remember, your Dr works for you. Not to incite, I've just dealt with enough to know they'll try to spin you off the lab track if they can. Especially at your age, without serious complaint.

97d98cdf2f18fa2c0bd8567ea1159609

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on November 23, 2012
at 02:59 AM

I started switching to Paleo in September. Before Paleo I consumed a great deal of bad carbs such as bread, pasta, etc.

97d98cdf2f18fa2c0bd8567ea1159609

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on November 23, 2012
at 02:56 AM

CD - Honestly, I have no idea. I am a 25 year old female that wants to lose 80-90 pounds. I gained about 65 in one year after a surgery. I am concerned about issues relative to my weight and my energy levels. I have no idea what the most important and useful tests are. I have no idea what to ask for. Which is why I posted this question. Just to get an idea. Sorry, for the lack of information. I am still learning.

97d98cdf2f18fa2c0bd8567ea1159609

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on November 23, 2012
at 02:54 AM

Well I am due for a physical, which means I may be able to request blood work with my physical. Last time I received blood work it was covered under my insurance. Therefore, I can afford to pay a little extra. I am a 25 year old female, that wants to lose 80-90 pounds. I am overweight. I am primarily concerned about my energy levels, and anything genetically that may be going wrong with me or associated with my weight. I began switching to Paleo in September. What would be the most useful and/or important tests to request? Honestly, I have no idea what to ask for or what I need.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on November 23, 2012
at 02:13 AM

What kind of blood work are you asking about? cholesterol tests? genetic tests?

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Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

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.

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

(3452)

on November 23, 2012
at 03:02 AM

Well I'm not a doctor... but Thyroid seems to be a common issue for females of all ages. Other than that focus on energy level. Depending on your PCP you may find they just want to dose you up with some pharmies. Stay adamant. Demand some sort of testing... nutrient levels, sleep study... get your hands dirty on the research end of it. Pay attention to repetitive, consistent information. And remember, your Dr works for you. Not to incite, I've just dealt with enough to know they'll try to spin you off the lab track if they can. Especially at your age, without serious complaint.

97d98cdf2f18fa2c0bd8567ea1159609

(1047)

on November 23, 2012
at 02:54 AM

Well I am due for a physical, which means I may be able to request blood work with my physical. Last time I received blood work it was covered under my insurance. Therefore, I can afford to pay a little extra. I am a 25 year old female, that wants to lose 80-90 pounds. I am overweight. I am primarily concerned about my energy levels, and anything genetically that may be going wrong with me or associated with my weight. I began switching to Paleo in September. What would be the most useful and/or important tests to request? Honestly, I have no idea what to ask for or what I need.

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

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.

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