Doctor usually order blood tests to be conducted to a patient to assist in diagnosing his health and well-being. The blood test basically involves taking a sample or your blood and running it through various medical analysis machines in order to see the various aspects of your condition such as blood count, glucose levels, cholesterol levels, and other enzymes and substances that affect the functions of the various organs in the body. Normally, the results will then be read, analyzed and interpreted by a physician but that does not mean that you can’t get a read on it as well. Here are some tips on how you can effectively read your blood test results.
- Take note of what was tested. While there is a standard blood test that evaluates each enzyme level in the body, sometimes, the physician will only order the analysis of certain aspects. This being said, once you get the results, look it over and take note of all the tests conducted. Typically, you will have standard tests on blood count, cholesterol, uric acid, creatinine, and glucose. These will be listed on the blood test results.
- Pay attention to the baseline value. Beside each test, there will be a value of the norm. This figure is the baseline of each enzyme or test that will help you compare the actual results of the test to the norm. The figures will be a percentage or range.
- Compare the results with the baseline value. Since the baseline value of each enzyme or test is displayed on the test, look at the actual results of each test made on your blood sample. Compare the results with the normal range of the baseline value. If the result is within the normal range, then that aspect of your body will absolutely normal. If the result is higher than the normal range, then there may be a problem inside your system in relation to that aspect. If the result is lower compared to the norm, then you may have certain deficiencies in that aspect. If all the results are outside the norm, then you definitely need to consult a physician as soon as possible in order to get the necessary treatment needed to put you back within the norm.
- Research. If you don’t plan to get a doctor to interpret the results and you are still confused as to what the results mean, especially if the result on each test is either higher or lower than the standard norm, then you may want to consider researching what it means. The Internet is a fantastic resource to get you some information as to what the results you got actually means. For instance, if you have high blood sugar or glucose, then you may find through research that you may be diabetic which means you will need to cut down on sweets.
While these tips will help you get a better understanding of your blood test results, it is highly recommended to have a doctor read and explain it to you. Yes, you may know which is which and what is what, but having someone who is medically trained to guide you through it is still your best option.