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Important Medical Tests Your Doctor May Be Missing

When going for your regular doctor’s visit, there are a couple of common medical tests that are often asked to be taken by patients. These tests help assess common health markers such as blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and other gender-specific tests. 

Aside from these standard tests, there are a couple of important medical tests that are often overlooked. Check out with your doctor if a laboratory test or two from the following list is something that you should also get:

1. C-Reactive Protein Test

If your family has a history of heart disease, and you are already showing signs of higher-than-normal cholesterol levels, you should be tested for the presence of C-reactive proteins, especially once you hit 40. C-reactive proteins indicate inflammation in your body, and high levels of increases your likelihood to suffer cardiac arrest. 

2. Hepatitis C Test

Those born between 1945 and 1965 should be tested for Hepatitis C as this generation has a high chance of getting it since disposable needles were not available during this time yet, as well as the prevalence of risky acts such as recreational drug use during the 60s through the 70s. Hepatitis C could lead to liver issues such as liver damage, liver cirrhosis, and even liver cancer. 

3. Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) test

Females over the age of 60 are likely to have hypothyroidism. While thyroid gland function is normally tested, you should get more regular TSH test if you are exhibiting signs such as fatigue, being more sensitive to cold, having dry skin, and gaining weight. On the other end of the spectrum, those that have hyperthyroidism would exhibit rapid heart rate, nervousness, sweating, and tremors. 

4. Vitamin D test

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