Author: Dr. Michelle Durkin on 24 October 2017
One of my favourite quotes is, “It’s easier to stay out of trouble than to get out of trouble.” Another more visual way of putting it, courtesy of a patient who was a high level accountant, is it’s easier to avoid stepping in s#*t than trying to remove it once you’ve done so. This could not be more true, especially when it comes to our health.
So here are 5 blood tests that I consider worthwhile checking every year to make sure you are on the right track and identify if you need to get serious about cleaning some s#*t:
Now I would love to hear from you! What is your favourite strategy for staying out of trouble when it comes to your health? Leave a comment below and I’ll be back next week with another edition of Doctor as Teacher Tuesday!
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6 Replies to “Blood tests you should do on yourself once a year”
Will a GP do these tests or can your office? I used to be a patient of Dr. Bates but havent been for a year.
You can still have them done at our office through Dr. Bates. It is unlikely that your GP will do hsCRP, GGT, or Vitamin D. None of them are covered through OHIP for general screening.
How much would it cost to have the blood work done on an annual basis – can you refer us to life labs for this blood work.
Yes, patient’s would pick up a requisition from me and then they would go to Life Labs. Current pricing with the lab is $83.52 for this blood work.
Are the blood tests covered by most extended health plans?
Every extended health care plan is a little different. You would have to check with yours to be sure but most of the time blood tests are covered.