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List of 6 Medical Tests You Should Get Done Routinely

You know how they tell you that prevention is better than cure. Well, they are right, it is absolutely essential for you to know how your body is doing, even if nothing seems to be wrong, because health is not just the absence of a disease or infirmity it is a state of total physical, emotional and mental well being.

We have a list of tests for you that we recommend you get done at least once every six months to keep a tab on how you are doing without having to shell out as much as you think you’d have to.

These tests are pretty basic, but they tell a lot more about your health than you previously thought they would.

1. LFT – Liver function test

What does it cost?

Average cost for liver function test at a good path lab is Rs. 300-400.

Why get it done?

Liver function test is a blood test that measures liver function. This test tells you how healthy your liver is, and in turn how effective the metabolism of food is in your body. Keeping LFT values in check is important as it affects the way that your body metabolises and uses food.

It also accurately predicts small changes that define your overall health status. Recent short span studies have pointed that liver function could also be linked to malignant transformations within the body. Once this fact is established, this would make LFT and important adjunct test when diagnosing cancer.

Who should get this done?

People who have a history of chronic or acute liver disease in their family and people who have suffered from Jaundice at least once.

How frequently should this test be done?

We suggest that this test should be done once every 4 months, i.e. every trimester.

2. KFT – Kidney Function test

What does it cost?

On an average getting a KFT done costs Rs. 450 at a decent facility.

Why get it done?

Kidney function test is an indicator of healthy functioning kidneys, this test tells you how efficient your kidneys are at removing toxins from your body. And how well your kidneys function. This function is measured by measuring your GFR (glomerular filtration rate).

Who should get this done?

People who have a history of renal diseases in their family.

How frequently should this test be done?

We recommend you getting this test done at least once every 8 – 10 months.

3. Glycosylated haemoglobin

What does it cost?

Glycosylated haemoglobin costs, on an average Rs. 450 at a decent lab.

Why get it done?

Glycosylated haemoglobin is a test that tell you your entire blood sugar profile for the last 4- 5 months, it is a far more reliable source of information than the Random, Fasting and post-meal system of assessing blood sugar, that is still in use. As this does not need repeated and frequent tests.

This is the test of choice in countries offering national health services, where the person’s healthcare is provided for by the government.

Who should get this done?

Long standing diabetics who want to assess their status more effectively, people who are genetically inclined towards diabetes.

How frequently should this test be done?

We suggest you get this test done at least once every six months.

4. Complete Blood picture-

What does this test cost?

Getting a complete blood count done is not expensive at all at most labs asking for just rs.200for the test.

Why get it done?

Complete blood count is a haematological analysis of all the components of your blood this includes Red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, neutrophils, eosinophils and everything else in between.

This is a microscopic examination that tells you the count of any and every deficit, if at all regarding your blood.

Who should get this done?

Everyone, seriously. This is a test that tells you everything that you need to know about your blood and is very cost effective. More specifically people who have recently started feeling fatigued and tired.

How frequently should you get this done?

We recommend you get this done every 4 months even if you feel absolutely fine.

5. Vitamin D test/ other vitamin deficiency tests

What does this test cost?

This is a slightly pricey test, costing around Rs. 700.

Why get this done?

Nutrition deficiency plagues the Indian subcontinent more than most pathological conditions.

Did you know for instance that vitamin D deficiency leads to poor bone growth among children and mood swings and unexplained depression amongst adults. The deficiency also impairs cognition and is often neglected simply because people are unaware of the tests diagnosing it.

Who should get this done?

Children mostly, because vitamin D is crucial for their growth and mental development. Adults who are beginning to feel less than fine cognitively and feel that they might be having unexplained mood swings.

How frequently should I get this done?

We recommend you getting this test done once every year.

6. Treadmill test

What does this test cost?

This is probably the priciest test on the list, with labs charging rs.1500- 2000 for this, but it is still worth every penny.

Why get this done then?

Also called the stress test, this test puts your heart under stress as you run on a treadmill and evaluates you ECG (electro cardiogram) in real time under the stress, this test basically evaluates your how fit your heart is, and lets you evaluate your fitness.

This test is of importance as India is touted to be the heart attack capital of Asia. With most of us ignoring fitness in our hectic daily lives it is very important to be evaluated for any potential heart conditions.

Who should get this done?

Typically any male within the age bracket of 40-60 years should get this test done. But women within the same age bracket concerned about their health should too.

How frequently should I get this done?

We recommend you getting this test done every 1 – 1.5 years.

Now the big question arises. Where exactly do you get these tests done?

You need not worry about figuring all this out. Just go over to Zureka and find the most convenient labs with the best deals for you.

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