Do not ignore these 5 blood tests for the sake of your health

It is better to be safe than sorry, which is why you should not delay getting these blood tests done to detect any issues at the earliest.
Blood sugar levels determines hyperglycemia. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Gaurav Dubey Updated: 30 Oct 2023, 11:10 am IST
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Many problems dwell inside our bodies for a long time, and we remain unaware of them. When these problems manifest themselves, it gets too late, and the disease, at times, takes a horrible form. One solution to prevent these problems is their early detection – and that can be done through blood tests. Blood tests provide pivotal information crucial for diagnosis, not just for your doctor but, more importantly, for yourself.

While surrounded by modern life’s stresses, we need to establish a behaviour where prevention is given as much importance as cure. Going for early diagnosis through regular blood tests can help prevent conditions from exacerbating.

Here are the top 5 blood tests you need to get done, especially if you feel any of the following symptoms:

1. Lipid profile test (cholesterol)

Nausea, numbness, slurred speech, extreme fatigue, chest pain, shortness of breath, numbness or coldness in extremities and high blood pressure indicate that something is wrong with your cholesterol. If you experience these problems, it is time to get your lipid profile test done.

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Several cardiovascular diseases including high blood pressure, stroke, hypertension can be avoided with a lipid test. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

2. Blood sugar tests

Heavy thirst, blurry vision, frequent urination, increased hunger, numb or tingling feet, fatigue, sudden weight loss or gain are some issues that might indicate diabetes. For early detection, get your blood sugar tests done today.

3. Complete blood count and iron deficiency

Symptoms of low blood count and deficiency of iron include weakness, fatigue, fever, inflammation, bruising, or bleeding. If you notice any of the above symptoms, get the complete blood count and iron deficiency tests and start medication, if needed.

Iron-rich foods can help in you avoid anemia. Image courtesy: Shutterstock


Irregular menstrual cycle, absence of menstruation, heavy bleeding, excessive body hair growth, acne, and weight gain are some of the common symptoms of PCOD, which is a hormonal problem. Do not delay and get yourself tested soon, if you have any of these symptoms.

5. Thyroid

If you are experiencing anxiety, irritability, nervousness, trouble sleeping, or losing weight, you should get a thyroid test done. Thyroid has become a widespread problem today. If you have any of the symptoms mentioned above, get the tests done and start medication.

‘Prevention is better than cure’ may be an age-old saying, but it has never been more relevant than in the anxiety-ridden times we today live in. Apart from acquiring pocket-friendly health plans, establishing a regular habit of getting tested to keep a tab on your health may, after all, be the best way to live a healthy, fulfilling life.

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