Healthy Aging

Healthy Aging | Article

Research has identified several action steps we can take to maintain our health and function as we get older. From improving our diet and levels of physical activity to getting health screenings and managing risk factors for disease, these actions may influence different areas of health.

Regularly scheduled screenings and tests to maintain healthy aging include self-checks, clinical exams, laboratory tests, and other non-laboratory tests (such as X-ray and imaging tests). It's easy to take these tests for granted, but their power to keep you healthier longer should not be underestimated.

General Laboratory Screening Tests

Several major health organizations recommend routine health screenings for some conditions and diseases. Getting routine lab tests even though you have no symptoms, can help detect problems early, and prevent diseases. 

 

LTD TEST NAME 

WHY GET TESTED?                     

Complete Blood Count W/Diff

To diagnose and/or monitor an illness affecting your immune systems, such as an infection or inflammatory condition, or cancers that affect your white blood cells, such as leukemia.

Metabolic Panel

Monitor the current status of a person's metabolism, the health of the kidneys and liver, electrolyte, and acid/base balance as well as levels of glucose and proteins in your blood.

Lipid Panel

To help assess the risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Thyroid Hormone Panel

Evaluate thyroid gland function and help diagnose thyroid disorders.

Vitamin B12 Test

To diagnose one cause of anemia or neuropathy.

PT/INR Blood Clotting Test

To help detect and diagnose a bleeding disorder or excessive clotting disorder.

Ferritin Test

To determine your body's total iron storage capacity and to help diagnose iron deficiency or iron overload.

Arthritis Profile

To assist in diagnosing certain types of arthritis.

Diabetes Profile

To help determine a person’s increased risk of developing diabetes.

How can I get tested?

You can order your own blood tests right now, without consulting a health care provider. Choose the test of your choice, pay for it, and our board-certified physician will authorize you to have the test performed. After you order the test, you will receive a laboratory requisition in your email that you can bring with you to more than 50 convenient Health Network Laboratory locations where we will draw your blood for testing.

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