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Noob question: How do I ask for labs? What do I ask for?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 02, 2012 at 4:01 PM

I've started on a new path of practice that includes whole30-style eating and fitness based on Body By Science. I'd like to get a set of labs done to see where I am now, but I've never even had a physical (I'm 32 years old) and I don't know what to ask my doctor.

Can anyone offer some advice on what to ask for and what numbers I should focus on?

A little history: - former smoker (15 years) - STRONG negative reaction to any/all grains, though never diagnosed for Celiacs/IBS - Somewhat active (walk 3-4x/week, mountain biking 1-2x/month)

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on September 02, 2012
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I just had one done. 14 hours fasting, although the way around this is to go first thing in the morning after not eating anything after like 5 or 6 at night (which is my cut off anyway). Here is what my lab sheet looked like:

CMP, CBC, TSH + T3/T4 diff and Cholesterol panel

Okay, I know you know what cholesterol is I'm sure, but basically those others are comprehensive tests for metabolic, liver, thyroid and kidneys. It's just a work up to see how my organs are working and my metabolism in general is functioning. If any of these looks whackadoodle, then they will probably let me know in my physical which is coming up this week. I would ask your doctor for general routine blood testing although the thyroid testing is not usually included.

Oh and for an example, here is a link below of the CMP test and what it covers:

http://labtestsonline.org/understanding/analytes/cmp/tab/sample

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on September 02, 2012
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You need to get a vitamin d level and thyroid panel. And testosterone.

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