Hi all, going on week 4 of paleo (haven't been 100% strict as I still cant stop my tsp of sugar in my coffee :( Working on it though! I'm going to see my new primary care doctor in a few weeks and I wanted to know which blood tests I should get to get a good feel about how my body is doing, like which deficiencies I may have, etc. I want to make sure I'm not missing anything with supplements. Is there just one general blood test or are there a few important ones I should ask for?
I already get my T4 and TSH tested, haven't had my cholesterol tested in awhile and last time I had my Vit D tested a few months ago it was in the lower 30's. Is that too low? Originally when I first tested it, it was 12.
I'm currently taking:
- Multi Vit for her with Iron and Calcium (gluten free)
- 3-4g of Fish Oil (I want to get Flaxseed to add to it this week)
- 500mg typically (unless I'm getting "stopped" up) of Magnesium
- 3000mg D3
- 75mcg Levothyroxine (generic Synthroid for Hypothyroid) I want to talk to my Endo about Armor Thyroid because its more natural. This is the only 'script' I am still taking.
I'm 28, female, no kids, never been pregnant, work in an office and am getting arthroscopic surgery on my right medial meniscus in a few weeks. I was moderately active prior to knee injury and hope to be hiking come spring! Eye sight is starting to go and am overweight but losing at a good pace from being on paleo. Bad to rush it!
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I wouldn't take a multivit. You would have to analyze each vitamin one by one. For example, vitamin E should be natural, not synthetic. It should be in the form of tocopherols, not tocotrienols, and it shouldn't contain just alpha-tocopherol, but a mix of all tocopherols. Otherwise, studies show you might get a negative effect.
I think it's a better idea to compute the average amount of vitamins you get from your diet to see which you need to take, and then study and figure out what is the best way to take that vitamin (oral, topical, in the morning, etc.)
I don't think it's good to take iron unless a blood test shows one is deficient in iron.
I believe polyunsaturated fats slow down thyroid function so I wouldn't take fish oils or flaxseed. I do take coconut oil.
I just get thyroid, lipid profile, and vit D. If I suspect something at a particular moment, I of course ask for that too.
Can you get iodine and selenium levels tested? Good to know for thyroid health. I've considered some of the following for the day I ever go in to get tests run:
Adrenal Panel: (Cortisol, DHEA, DHEAS)
Complete Hormonal Panel: (Total testosterone, free testosterone, Estradiol, GH stimulation tests, IGH-1, SHBG)
Mineral levels: calcium, zinc, copper, magnesium, selenium
Vitamin levels: A, B (all, especially B12 testing for Holotranscobalamin II), D3, K2
i always get a metabolic panel done when i do blood work.