January 15, 2012
As more and more people are starting to sit up and pay attention to their health and fitness level, it’s important that you stop and consider some of the most important medical tests that you should have performed that will help to ensure that you are maintaining your most healthy state.
Many people often neglect getting yearly physicals and this can really hurt them in the long run. Often some of the symptoms that they may be setting themselves up for problems will remain hidden until the issue is full blown and in full force, so by getting regular medical testing done to see where you stand, you can help to avoid it from getting too out of control.
Likewise, it’s also going to help to ensure that you are taking any health precautions that you need to be in order to maintain good health.
So which medical tests should you have taken?
Let’s go over the main ones to take note of.
The first of the tests that you’ll want to have taken are your thyroid hormones. Some people who struggle with their body weight for years keep going on diet after diet when the real problem is simply that their thyroid isn’t quite functioning effectively.
If your thyroid isn’t working as it should, this will mean that you’ll burn fewer calories over the course of the day, thus making it more difficult to see weight loss taking place.
Checking in with the thyroid levels will allow you to see where you stand and whether medication should perhaps be prescribed.
The second thing that you should take note of is what your cortisol level is at. Cortisol is a stress hormone that’s released in the body in times of high stress that will cause you to note only break tissues down faster, but could also potentially cause the body to store body fat in the abdominal region as well.
If you’re highly stressed out or aren’t recovering between your workout sessions, there is a much greater chance that cortisol will be running high and this could eventually cause health problems to occur.
While there’s nothing you can do medically to reduce cortisol levels, it can give you a wake-up call that there may be certain factors of your life that you need to consider adjusting.
Finally, the last test to consider having taken is your fasting glucose levels. This will be a good test for many people as it will indicate how responsive your body is to glucose after consumed and how well your insulin system is working.
Those who are pre-diabetic, or possibly even diabetic and don’t realize it will show abnormal results to this test, so it’s definitely one to get tested for. If you don’t and develop diabetes without realizing it, you could definitely be putting yourself in danger.
So there you have the main things that you must keep in mind regarding the main tests to have taken on a regular basis. If you can make sure that you are doing these, you can feel confident that you’re doing everything possible to promote optimal health in the long run.