Blue Blood

So you think you might bleed blue blood if you were to nick yourself? Growing up, it was fancy to consider that you might have lineage from royalty and one of your ancestors was somehow a prince. In today’s quantified world blue blood might be more easily defined as having a great set of numbers when you get yourself tested, blue or otherwise. So if you are not averse to being injected even before you have had your tea or coffee, here is what you should test for.

A complete blood count tests for your basic count of blood cells including red and white. It will provide a wide range of indications for infections including any vascular, liver and kidney related diseases.  A chemistry panel tests for your cholesterol and indicates the state of your cardio vascular system. It is important to test for your HDL level, LDL level, overall Ratio of HDL to Cholesterol and also the particle size of your cholesterol. Along with this it is important to test for morning sugar and your three month average sugar usually called HBA1C. Many of us are deficit in minerals and vitamins and therefore testing for calcium, Vitamin D, B, potassium and iron is also useful.

Another important factor to test for is fibrinogen. Fibrinogen is an indicator of inflammation of the tissues. A high level of fibrinogen is often an indicator of cardio-vascular diseases, inflammation of the kidney or rheumatoid arthritis. Finally it is useful to get yourself tested for C-Reactive Protein which is a test of inflammation of the body. A high reactive protein can be a good indicator of cardio-vascular disease, but can also indicate inflammatory bowel disease and autoimmune diseases.

Getting yourself tested once a year is highly advised by most doctors as early indicators of your numbers being out of norm can lead to early resolution including making lifestyle changes.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.