As a Naturopathic Doctor, I have noticed that what motivates people is objective data… numbers they can see. This can include blood or urine test results, blood pressure score, body composition analysis and body weight.
Ideally, having blood tests done every 3 months will help you see how your efforts are paying off… and provide great incentive to keep going!
Here is a sample of some tests you should be monitoring every 3 months:
If you have: Test these:
Diabetes HbA1c, CRP, cholesterol, creatinine
Cardiovascular disease CRP, homocysteine, cholesterol
Elevated cholesterol Cholesterol, glucose, liver enzymes
Obesity Body composition analysis, CRP, HbA1c
Hypothyroid TSH, T4, iodine skin test
For example, a person with Diabetes will be able to see how well their blood sugar has been regulated over the past 80 days (HbA1c); observe whether inflammation is likely occurring in their blood vessels or heart tissues (CRP); monitor an indicator of kidney function (creatinine) and keep track of their cholesterol levels.
Just like this diabetes patient, wouldn’t you like to see how the changes you’ve made to improve your health, such as diet and exercise, are working for you?
Tests such as these help us understand how well your body is functioning, and are not limited to simply identifying disease. Your naturopathic doctor can order these tests and help you to understand the results.