I like to see an annual blood panel. You can go to directlabs.com and get the Comprehensive Wellness Profile or pretty much anything you want to look at and at a very reduced price. It is direct to the consumer. The test runs about $97 and once a year they offer it for $59, unless you can get all of those panels from your doctor. What I like most about it is that it includes Thyroid w/TSH.
Now interpretation of those lab results will still be delivered under the standard pathology reference ranges, but if you know the optimal reference ranges or a practitioner that offers a review of these it would be best.
Along with that it is helpful to know annually your adrenal status and I like to see if via saliva (Diagnostechs is my fav). If you get the flexi-matrix you can get a whole range including secretory IgA (gut/immune status), FSH/LH (pituitary) and additional reproductive (testosterone, progesterone, all 3 estrogens and the PG/E ratio) hormones for about $160.
I agree with the thermography. An initial test and then at the discretion of your health care provider. Unless there are some hot spots you shouldn't need one every 3 months as some of them recommend but annually depending on age or longer depending on health status.
So to recap:
- Annual serum labwork - a practitioner who uses functional or integrative reference range can tell volumes from these tests alone.
- Annual saliva labwork - fleximatrix covers adrenal, hormones and pituitary (which is important if you take birth control)
- Occasional thermography - both breast and abdominal images would be optimal
- Dental but be on the look out for a mercury free or better dentist.
It really depends on how you are feeling too. Are you in healthy range for body fat, W2H ratio, weight.
Yes, vitamin D measurements are important too. Also CRP and homocystine if you are older or looking for inflammation (HDL is over 80).
So, you can see that there are some basic testing or office visits that are helpful but this may not be a complete list for everyone.
Hope this helps! ~j