You are planning a full body health check-up and have decided the time has finally come to put your health at first. Many congratulations on taking this important decision! We understand how daunting it can be to understand what all the tests mean and what you should choose first. The blood tests included in the preventative health screening will depend on the package you select.
What is a Full Body Health Check-up?
A full body health check-up is an extensive range of diagnostic tests. It helps in the overall assessment of all the systems and organs of your body. It also includes different tests that provide an insight of your present health condition. The check-up covers at least 60 tests to confirm the health of each organ of your body such as your – heart, kidneys, lungs, liver, bones, thyroid, eyes, dental, and more.
Benefits of full body health check-up
- Detecting hidden diseases early: Conducting a routine health check-up may help to identify unknown ailments or health problems at the early stages. This can increase the chances of getting cured completely. When you detect an illness at a later stage, some internal damage may already be present.
- Diagnose any kind of illness: With a full body check-up, it becomes possible to identify almost any type of illness in any body part.
- Proper treatment planning: The detection of minor and major diseases at an early stage as well as early intervention can save valuable time in treatment planning. With proper examination and testing, doctors will be able to diagnose and prescribe treatment at the earliest possible time. They can even guide on necessary measures to take and prevent further potential damages.
- Awareness of probable threats: Regular checkups can increase awareness related to probable health concerns. The diagnostic tests can help doctors to screen risk factors early, offer preventative measures, evaluate suitable remedy and maintain progression of the disease.
- Evaluate present diseases: If a person is already suffering from any illness, a full body check-up can help the doctors to know the exact stage of the disease and evaluate its severity. The check-up will provide a comprehensive overview of ongoing treatment and its effectiveness.
Important tests in a full body medical check-up
The full body health screening in London consists of thorough physical examination which includes your family and social history, resting electrocardiogram (ECG), follow-up consultation session and medical report.
Our medicals include at least 45 blood tests and some of them are listed here:
- Full haematology profile which include complete blood count and information on red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets.
- Inflammation markers and infection
- Full cholesterol screening which means LDL levels (bad cholesterol) and HDL (good cholesterol) because it is cardioprotective, main constituents of body fat and triglyceride levels.
- Kidney function screening assessing hydration and filtration for an indication of any abnormalities and how well your kidneys are functioning and how quickly body waste can be removed.
- Liver function screening such as – ALT, AST enzymes and Gamma GT present in liver cells which leak into blood if liver cells get damaged. An increase in bilirubin causes jaundice. Albumin is the protein made by liver which makes up 60% of entire protein in your blood for the maintenance of tissue growth and repair.
- Muscle damage markers which denote any damage to the heart
- Calcium screening to assess and diagnose a range of conditions related to bones, kidneys, teeth, nerve and heart.
- Potassium levels
- Sodium levels
- Iron profile which include serum iron and ferritin levels
- Glucose level which is taken when you fast to detect signs of diabetes.
- Vitamin D levels
- Thyroid Function screening to detect the levels of thyroxine (T4) and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). This can monitor and evaluate the level of hypothyroidism and T3 as well as monitor and assess the level of hyperthyroidism.
- Urinalysis to detect signs of infection, sugar, blood and protein.
- Prostate-Specific Antigen testing for men to identify the levels of prostate-related antigen protein in the blood.
- HPV screen and smear test for women for all types of HPV infections such as – HPV 16, HPV 18/45, HPV 31, 33, 35, 52, 58, HPV 51 and 59, and HPV 39, 56, 66, and 68.
- Hormone screening which includes progesterone, prolactin, oestrogen, and testosterone. There is a tool to diagnose men’s and women’s health concerns and understand age-based changes, fertility issues and more.
- Sexual health screening which include hepatitis B, hepatitis C, syphilis, HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhoea and bacterial infection tests for full reassurance.
Additional blood tests may include food intolerances, deficiencies, several cancer markers and allergy profiles which depend on the examination and any present complaints. With the help of yearly check-ups, you can conduct a free full blood profile within the next 6 months to maintain a track of any unusual markers.