The Dos (and One Don’t) of Dealing with Blood Test Results

When you get your blood tested with WellnessFX, it’s like getting your doctor to turn their clipboard around to face you so you can take a good look at your stats. For some people, this idea is intimidating. Some fear that when a person learns about their biomarkers, it only leads to fear and poor decision-making. But understanding comes from data and the tools we provide to interpret it. And that provides the confidence that people need to take control of their health and take effective action.

Detractors of self-testing believe that people would be driven to distraction by every little variation in their lab values, and that one abnormal number would send them down into an endless rabbit hole of checking and rechecking their biomarkers. Or they think that testing can result in false positives, leading the patient to take unnecessary action and cause actual damage to their bodies. Others even think it’s like astrology, where you can find whatever it is you’re looking for in any blood screening.

At WellnessFX, we believe that knowledge is power, and we allow you 24/7 access to your blood test results and personal health data displayed in a useful and easy-to-read format. Here are a few helpful guidelines for examining what’s in your blood:

DO: Check how far off your lab values are. Numbers in the “moderate” or “borderline” range are generally less of a concern than values in the “high risk” range. If a number is wildly out of range, take special note.

DO: Look at related biomarkers. Finding more than one abnormal lab value in a category is a better indicator of health issues than having a single outlier.

DO: Read more about the biomarkers and what they mean. The WellnessFX app explains a great deal about each biomarker, or you can check trustworthy websites like the Mayo Clinic, the NIH, or even a well-sourced Wikipedia page.

DO NOT: Try to diagnose yourself. This cannot be stressed enough. You, your lab values, and WebMD are no substitute for a medical professional.

DO: Schedule an appointment with a healthcare professional. If you have the type of relationship with your PCP where they respect your input, have enough time to listen, and feel free to create a plan of action, then by all means take your lab results there. But if your doctor is like many today, they are less able to deal with your health issues until you are showing symptoms of disease. If this is the case, our knowledgeable practitioners are ready to help you—on your schedule.

DO: Notice any trends. Nutrition, time of day, and even the weather can affect various biomarkers. Having your test re-done in the next 3-4 months can show you which way your data is trending.

DO: Try to manage your anxieties. Catching an abnormal lab value early is a blessing, not a curse. Staying on top of stress—using adaptogenic herbs, meditation, exercising, etc.—can keep your brain from spinning wild stories and creating worst-case scenarios. Remember, worry and stress are physical conditions that can be managed.

With knowledge comes responsibility. WellnessFX enables you to take ownership of your health and get insightful, actionable and personalized recommendations to help you feel better, work stronger, and live healthier.

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.