Ask Jenny: Which Annual Health Tests Do You Recommend?
I love that you say ‘test, don’t guess’ as I really believe its important to know your own numbers, but can you please advise which tests we should be undergoing on a yearly basis?
- Robin, Boston
Such a great question Robin, and as you know I am so passionate about empowering ourselves and our health by advocating for our own health in the conventional medicine space - and a big part of that is knowing our numbers!
Below are the GENERAL tests that I recommend my clients undertaken every 6-12 months, but please its important to highlight that everyone is different, and may require further testing depending on health status, current medications and family history. This is a conversation to have with your healthcare practitioner before they requisition your lab work.
At home testing and tracking can also be super useful for understanding your own health and for communicating with your doctor. Women should always be tracking their menstrual cycles (even if you are on the contraceptive pill), and personally I use the Clue app, and I also recommend tracking fasting blood glucose with a simple monitor.
1-2 Times A Year
• Complete Metabolic Panel and Complete Blood Count
• Metabolic Markers: Hemoglobin A1C, Fasting Blood Glucose, Insulin, Lipid Panel
• Essential Nutrients: Iron, Ferritin, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, Magnesium
• Broad Thyroid Panel
• Women: Pap Smear every 5 years, Mammogram every 1-2 years after the age of 45
• Men: Prostate Exam after the age of 50
• Food Sensitivities Test
• Heavy Metals and Mineral Status
(these will not be covered by insurance, however I work with a clinic in Newton Centre that offers this testing. Please email me for more details).