Whole Body Checkup: Introduction, Related Assays, and Keynotes

Whole Body Checkup:  Introduction, Related Assays, and Keynotes
Fig. Collecting blood for Whole Body Checkup

Introduction of Whole Body Checkup

The ‘Whole Body Checkup’ is beneficial from the following points of view-

  • Diseases detection without symptoms: Anemia (minimal symptom)-CBC assay, Gallbladder and kidney stones (silent), fatty live-USG
  • Benefit from lower costs: Finding serious illnesses in the early stage can help to prevent financial burden.
  • Preparation for foreign travel: People are traveling abroad for studies, employment, and emigration. Most of the destination countries require normal medical tests before travel. Tuberculosis is a disease of concern. Tuberculosis should be negative prior to applying for foreign travel.
  • Infectious disease detection: Hepatitis B, C, and HIV infection are tested during whole-body checkups.
  • Prepare for pregnancy: Couples planning pregnancy can benefit from whole-body checkups. e.g. TSH assay, Hepatitis B virus test, HIV test, etc.
  • Undergoing regular screening: Doing this helps to detect illnesses in the early phase for possible cures. Pap smears in females are tested to screen for cervical cancer. Similarly, a mammogram is recommended for breast cancer.
  • Understanding of current health: Measuring body weight, BMI, blood pressure, fasting blood sugar (FBS), and blood cholesterol levels are important.

Related Assays

Package Contents-

A whole Body Checkup includes the following tests:- 

  1. Blood Sugar Fasting: It is a simple, common blood test to find out prediabetes, diabetes, or gestational diabetes. Prior to testing, 8 to 12 hours of fasting is mandatory except for drinking water.
  2. Liver Function Test (LFT): LFT includes SGOT, SGPT, Alkaline phosphate (ALP), Total Protein, and Albumin: Its functions clear from the title, and thus it helps to screen for liver infections, disease prognosis, alcoholic hepatitis, liver cirrhosis, and monitor possible effects of medications.
  3. RFT: Sodium, Potassium, Urea, Creatinine: Healthy kidneys help remove waste from the body and RFT function tests check how well kidneys are working.
  4. Lipid Profile: Serum total cholesterol, serum HDL cholesterol, Serum triglycerides, LDL. This panel of tests assists predicts the risk for heart disease and stroke.
  5. Uric Acid test: It is a product of the metabolic breakdown of purine nucleotides and its increased level is encountered in gout, kidney stones, kidney failure and also taking medication for diabetes.
  6. CBC (Complete blood count): A count of the total number of red blood cells (RBCs), white blood cells(WBCs), and platelets present in the blood.
  7. ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate) test: It is used to diagnose conditions that cause inflammation like temporal arteritis, autoimmune diseases, cancers, and infections.
  8. Urine Routine Examination (urine R/E): Urine R/E is mainly used to detect and manage a wide range of disorders like urinary tract infections (UTIs), kidney disease, and diabetes.
  9. HbA1c (Hemoglobin A1c )/Glyco Hb: It is a very useful test reflecting blood glucose levels over a period of the last 10 -12 weeks.
  10. TFT: Thyroid function(TFT) includes T3, T4, and TSH-Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH): It is a pituitary hormone that stimulates the thyroid gland to produce thyroxine, and then triiodothyronine which stimulates the metabolism of almost all tissues in the body. This is the reason, TSH is the common hormone test requested by the doctor to check your body’s metabolic activities. If the level of TSH is higher than normal, the condition is called hypothyroidism while a level less than normal, is called hyperthyroidism.
  11. Blood calcium test: It is used to check the level of calcium in the blood for your general health. It is clinically significant in clinical conditions like bones, kidneys, digestive system, thyroid, and parathyroid glands.
  12. ECG: It is normally used alongside other assays to help diagnose and monitor conditions affecting the heart.
  13. USG Abdomen & Pelvis: USG stands for ultrasonography which is also called an ultrasound scan. It is a common clinical test that uses high-frequency sound waves to take live images from the inside of the body. It is also safe from other imaging techniques due to lacking radiation.

Keynotes on Whole Body Checkup

  • It is a general whole-body checkup test list.
  • Tests may be added to the above list according to the age of the client and gender.
  1. Basic Health Check-up Package
  2. General Health Check-up Package
  3. Executive Health Check-up Package
  4. Well Women Check-up Package
  5. Senior Health Check-up Male/Female Package

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