Let a long-time Registered Nurse help you with Understanding Blood Test Results. There are many different blood tests and interpreting blood test results is nearly impossible for the average person. And as doctors more and more give their patients a copy of their blood tests, while they have less and less time to teach YOU how to read blood test results.
While most sites out there give you all of the same boring dry information about how to read blood test results, this site is DEDICATED to helping you with ACTUALLY:
As a Registered Nurse, I have been interpreting blood tests for over 15 years, and as an alternative health practitioner, my research has led me to some startling facts about tests that many doctors may overlook, don't care about, don't know about, or just don't even understand at all- even when they THINK that they do! But by the time YOU are done here, you WILL know what's important and what is not important about your tests.
In this day and age of more and more complicated health care, you NEED someone to take the time to help you with understanding blood test results. And I'll walk you step-by-step through everything that you need to know about each individual test- which is the ONLY way that interpreting blood test results can be done.
While you and most doctors think that the results of most blood tests are useful and accurate, this is NOT necessarily the case. Many blood tests are useful and can give good information about your health. But many are inaccurate or completely useless- yet doctors STILL insist on using the poor information from these tests as if they were useful- hurting YOU in the process. So, part of understanding blood test results is knowing:
Please remember that you may not have had every single test listed here. I am explaining MANY different tests and I'll explain when these tests are most often done, but doctors do not do EVERY test onEVERY person- nor should they. However, if by reading what a test is for, you may believe that you DO need one. If this is the case, then you can ask your doctor for them, or you can do some Alternatives to Blood Tests that you can do with or without the help of your doctor.
If you are not sure what the letters on your blood test mean, take a look at the Blood Test Abbreviations page before you get started.
Understanding blood test results for certain vitamins and minerals can be VERY challenging. Most doctors DON'T do tests, like a Vitamin D Level that is EXTREMELY useful and accurate- while they frequently rely on tests that are inaccurate! It's up to YOU to be understanding blood test results.
The majority of people with a chronic health problem haveSigns of Magnesium Deficiency. Unless it is HIGH, your magnesium level does not provide useful information. Please read the Magnesium Level page for more information.
Another 'worse than worthless' test that should NOT be relied upon. If you have had this test done, please read the Vitamin B12 Levels page because being told that you have a 'normal' level is meaningless. A MUCH better test for B12 Levels is aMethylmalonic Acid Test.
This test IS accurate and useful, but it's NOT a measure of whether or not you need calcium! Abnormal calcium levels often mean that you have a metabolic problem and should see your doctor. Please read the:
pages to learn more.
The Complete Blood Count, also called the CBC, is a measure of the actual blood cell portion of your blood and measures the numbers and types of Red Blood Cells, White Blood Cells and platelets. It is one of the most frequent blood tests done. If you have had a blood test, then you have had a CBC. The CBC can give information about anemia, infections and bleeding problems.
Tests that are included in the CBC Blood Test are:
The Red blood cells are Further categorized by their shape and volume in tests that are called:
The Metabolic Panel Blood Test is another test that is nearly ALWAYSdone when blood tests are done. It gives information about your electrolyte and kidney function. It can tell you about some basic nutrients, the cause of electrical disturbances and fluid status problems like dehydration. Some tests that are done on the CMP is a :
The Celiac blood test or Celiac sprue blood test. These tests are also called:
While these tests are considered 'Accurate' for getting a diagnosis of Celiac Disease they are NOT accurate to determine if you willBENEFIT from a gluten free diet!
Diagnosing Gluten Allergy is not so straightforward, and doctors almost NEVER even consider the very real diagnosis of Non Celiac Gluten Intolerance which can greatly affect health. Gluten intolerance and Celiac Disease are some of the most UNDERDIAGNOSED medical problems in the world! Doctors are NOT understanding blood test results for Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity and are leaving TENS OF THOUSANDS of people undiagnosed for decades. Do NOT rely on the Celiac blood test. Trying a Gluten Intolerance Diet is really the ONLY way to know for sure if you will BENEFIT from eliminating gluten from your diet.
Understanding Blood Test Results is extremely important because your doctor is NOT always right or necessarily looking out for YOUR best interests. YOU need to be looking out for YOUR best interests by understanding blood test results for yourself and questioning your doctor when something just doesn't seem right to you.
Or, better yet, you can take your health into your own hands and find out about Comprehensive In Home Nutritional Tests as an Alternative to Traditional Blood Tests...
Hydrochloric Acid Deficiency Test- For those with heartburn or digestive problems. A simple test to see if you make enough hydrochloric acid.
Alternatives to Blood Tests- Take a look at these accurate tests that your doctor will NEVER tell you about and that you can order yourself without need for your doctor's help or approval!
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The Blood Chemistry Analyzer- Will help you understand your blood tests in ways no one ever discussed with you before.
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