June 1, 2023
When I give educational seminars about healthy aging, I always stress the importance of seeing a healthcare provider on a regular basis (at least once a year) for lab work in addition to exercising, eating healthy, and getting plenty of rest.
Common labs to request are a complete blood count (CBC), comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP), and lipid panel. Other essential, often overlooked labs include a thyroid panel, hormone levels for both men and women, and sexually transmitted infection tests (specifically, hepatitis C). According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, baby boomers (people born between 1946 and 1964) are five times more likely to have the hepatitis C virus. Thankfully, this is the one type of hepatitis that is now treatable.
It is never too late to take charge of your health by developing healthy habits and getting recommended screening tests.
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