After a routine checkup, your doctor might request that you have one or more laboratory tests to make sure your health is in good condition. Just because your doctor wants you to get lab work does not mean that there is a health issue – most lab tests are precautionary. Here are a few of the most common tests that we offer at our facilities:
Complete Blood Count
A complete blood count is done to evaluate your overall health or to monitor an existing condition. It measures several components of your blood including your red blood cells, white blood cells, hemoglobin, hematocrit and platelets.
Your complete blood count results will be able to determine if you have a certain condition such as Anemia, heart disease, bone marrow disease or an immune system disorder. If the test performed on your blood sample is solely a complete blood count, you should be able to eat and drink normally before your lab test.
Blood Glucose Level Testing
The majority of the food we eat is turned into glucose, which is a type of sugar. Our pancreas produces insulin that helps our organs absorb the glucose from the bloodstream. When our body doesn’t produce enough insulin to absorb the glucose, it can cause diabetes.
Blood glucose testing is the most common lab test for the diagnosis of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Testing your blood glucose level will be most accurate after fasting for 12 hours.
We need cholesterol in our bodies to produce cell membranes, vitamin D and bile acids, but our body produces a healthy amount of cholesterol on its own to take care of that task. If your body has too much cholesterol, it can block your arteries and even cause heart disease.
If your doctor wants you to have your cholesterol tested, you should choose a laboratory that measures HDL, LDL and other blood components. Cholesterol testing should be done after a 12-hour fast. The lower the cholesterol number the better your cholesterol level is, but your physician should help you read your lab results to make sure you have a complete understanding of your cholesterol levels.
We offer each of these lab tests at all of our locations. If you would like to learn more about Vista or the other lab tests we offer, call us at 352-536-9279 or visit our website.