Whether it's blood work, or a regular check up, here are a few things to help you clear up all the confusing "doctor talk."
Basic Blood Work:
CBC: Complete Blood Count, this provides information on the kinds and number of cells in the blood, especially red blood cells.
Iron: (Fe), blood cells carrying oxygen.
Blood cells that are lacking in oxygen can mean someone is anemic (low iron). This can lead to lack of energy and lethargy (very tired most of the time).
Cholesterol: (HDL, LDL, and combined) The amount of cholesterol in your blood can come from your diet, weight, or even genetics (hereditary trait).
- HDL: High Density Lipoprotein, this is also known as the GOOD cholesterol since it can provide protection AGAINST Heart Disease.
Above 60 milligrams/deciliter (mg/dL) is Above Average
40-60 mg/dL is Average
Below 40 mg/dL is Low
- LDL: Low Density Lipoprotein, this is also know as the BAD cholesterol since is can CAUSE Heart Disease.
Below 100 mg/dL is Above Average
130 mg/dL is Average
130-159 mg/dL is Border-line High
160 or more is High
- HDL + LDL are both levels combined.
What else happens at the Doctor's Office?
BMI: Body Mass Index, your doctors checks your weight range against the precautions of either being underweight or overweight in comparison to your body type.
FOR THE VAGINAS
Pap Smears: Your Gynecologist (GYN) does a swab of your cervix for abnormal cells. These can consist of pre-cancer or cancer cells.
HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) can cause abnormal cells in the cervix and is the leading cause of Cervical Cancer, which has NO SYMPTOMS!
Pap smears should be done every 3-5 years (once sexually active).
If you have ever had an abnormal pap smear, it is recommended to get a pap smear annually.
FOR THE PENISES
*Testicular Cancer is most common in men UNDER 40!
So don't forget to do this quick self exam! If there are any changes go to your doctor!
Hope this helped clear up some alphabet soup with your labs and appointments!
Stay Safe, Stay SMART!