4 Big Misunderstandings About Blood Testing

Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, David_Jones

Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, David_Jones

We are in the age of the consumerism of healthcare.

You are able to have an inside look at your body and how it functions at a level that simply wasn’t there before. Healthcare is transforming because of digital and mobile innovation. More people every day gaining access to health management tools, apps, devices and software that empower them to take control.

The State of Consumeriezd Healthcare Today

Commonly recognized items are devices like FitBits, heart rate monitors connected to your smartphone, and food logging apps. If you took a survey of additional healthcare technology services in your life, you might remember a doctor patient portal or prescription reminder service you’ve signed up for at one time or perhaps still use as needed – all dialed in to data and technology to make for more efficient and effective care.

When it comes to blood tests, however, there are still some cloudy areas about the need for regular, proactive testing. This is no surprise to us at WellnessFX — Diagnostic testing has long been perceived by consumers as a reactive step, typically done after health issues have evolved into symptoms.

Since our inception in 2010, we at WellnessFX have worked hard to educate consumers on why preventative data is valuable. If you have your biomarker data – an inside look at what your blood is doing –  you can proactively influence the outcome. Data saves lives — transforms them — to not just be “less sick,” but be Optimally Healthy. The best You that you can be. What’s better than that?

On our continued path to educating on how this data is valuable and why we emphasize proactive healthcare, we’ve addressed a few common themes here we feel are valuable – this is the healthcare experience we know to be real and actionable.

4 Big Misunderstandings About Blood Testing

1. “I am healthy, I don’t need to test.”

You can not assess your health merely by how you look and feel. Consider vitamin D, a hormone that is increasingly being recognized for its important role in bone development and general health, as well as its link to inflammation, mood and increased risk for chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer.

Sounds important, right? Now consider (the overwhelming statistics of) how 70 percent of the population has low levels of vitamin D, though most don’t realize it. That’s an estimated one billion of the world’s population being vitamin D deficient.

The FDA’s Nutrition Facts Label is an additional strong indicator of vitamin d’s importance – their latest update in progress proposes listing vitamin D, with the intention to help consumers meet the nutrient requirement. It’s that important.

So you can stop a preventable, chronic disease before it starts, or experiencing the pain and discomfort of symptoms before needing to turn your attention and efforts to managing the disease.

2. “I don’t need to do a blood draw because I get an annual screening through my work.”

There are certain advanced biomarkers that tell a more complete picture of what your body is up to and what is going on behind the scenes, such as HbA1c, hs-CRP, and ApoB, to name a few.

These biomarkers go beyond the handful of routine markers you’d find (i.e. total cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure and weight) in an annual physical or check-up. In fact, many with heart attacks have normal cholesterol – meaning there are other factors. The reality is that – right now – these markers are not always the first go-tos, but to know their status is invaluable if you’re looking to prevent a problem before it becomes a problem.

Additionally, did you know that your blood regenerates every 120 days? Waiting an entire year to see if you need to make course corrections seems unreasonable when your health and well being is at stake.

Routine biomarker testing gives you a regular check-in to see how your diet, exercise, supplements, and lifestyle are impacting your health.  You can then take the necessary steps toward improvement.

3. “I don’t want to accidentally pay for tests I don’t need.”

Part of the value of health technology is delivering care not only efficiently but effectively – and there is a difference.

Across a variety of testing packages, 80+ biomarkers collectively make up our testing menu. While you’re welcome to leave no stone left unturned and test everything, it’s helpful to know that those 88 biomarkers have also been segmented into packages designed by physicians that address specific goals and needs. Each marker serves a purpose and works in conjunction with others to show you the whole picture, whether it’s:

  • Overall wellness
  • Weight loss
  • Fitness
  • Performance
  • Advanced Heart Health
  • Male/Female hormones
  • Advanced Thyroid
  • Omegas

Deeper insights that align with your goal(s) mean that not only will you have exactly the data you need to make informed decisions about your body, but you can rest easy that each marker in your testing package is useful and provides value.

4. “After I get the data, I’ll have no one to interpret the results for me.”

WellnessFX’s mission is to make health accessible and approachable, so there are a variety of ways to learn more about your health data so you can take action:

  • Easy-to-read charts with summary descriptions of the biomarkers
  • Video content where you simply click to learn more by watching
  • A one-on-one telehealth consultation with licensed health practitioners
  • Exportable results (via XML or CSV) that you can take bring to your Primary Care Physician, Nutritionist or Dietician

How WellnessFX Can Help

WellnessFX, in addition to providing customized blood tests and access to personalized clinical advice, is a secure web-based platform that guarantees our members’ medical records remain safe and confidential.

If you want to get started by testing and monitoring your own biomarkers, our flagship Baseline panel empowers you to understand and improve your underlying health by combining advanced biomarker analysis with an intuitive health dashboard to track your results. Include a 20-minute nutritionist consultation for personalized recommendations you can implement immediately. Cheers to being on the road to a healthier you, with you in the driver’s seat.

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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.