Confidence in the future: a check-up for women over 40

The children have grown up, the house is settled and equipped. 40 years for many women is a milestone that finally allows them to do what was previously postponed – moving up the career steps, traveling and taking care of their beloved. Energy, youth, beauty and good health are necessary for the realization of these plans. How can you support it?

Not a single pathological process in the body occurs without it being reflected in the blood. Lab tests can check for many markers of inflammation, cardiovascular changes, weak bones, and neoplasms.

You can contact a therapist and get referrals from him for blood tests, and then come to the appointment again. Perhaps, organizationally, it is more convenient to first pass a set of tests, and go to the appointment with the results ready. Thus, you save both time and money: after all, a suite of tests is cheaper than the same tests individually. In addition, if the tests clearly indicate problems with the liver, cardiovascular system, or reproductive organs, you can immediately make an appointment with a specialist doctor, rather than a general practitioner.

Age of responsibility

40-49 years is a crucial period for women’s health. During this time, the levels of female sex hormones (estrogen and progesterone) change significantly. The reproductive system begins to prepare for the transition to rest mode during menopause, which normally takes place between 45 and 55 years. Powerful changes in such important hormones are reflected throughout the body. Therefore, starting from 40 years old, it is so important to do a check-up once a year.

The complex of laboratory tests “Here and Now” includes 21 parameters of the blood test, which are most informative for women 40-49 years old.

A clinical analysis of blood with a leukocyte formula and the erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) reflect the inflammatory and immune status of the body. These tests can determine if there are signs of a bacterial or viral infection, latent allergies, anemia.

Aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alanine aminotransferase, total bilirubin, gamma glutamyl transferase (GGT), alkaline phosphatase are indicators that allow assessing the state of the liver and gallbladder. According to their value and, most importantly, the ratio, one can see the incipient disturbances in the outflow of bile, chronic hepatitis, and other damage to the hepatobiliary system. In combination with other parameters, the risks of other diseases are also assessed.

General bilirubin in combination with a clinical blood test allows you to see the cause of anemia.

The AST / ALT ratio shows if there is damage to the heart muscle.

Alkaline phosphatase, total calcium, inorganic phosphorus – these indicators reflect the exchange of calcium and phosphorus, and the state of bone tissue.

Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) regulates the thyroid gland. Diseases of the thyroid gland are quite common among women. The TSH level will show how the thyroid gland is working, even before the onset of obvious symptoms of thyroid insufficiency or hyperfunction.

Total vitamin D (25-OH vitamin D, calciferol) is known to be essential for strong bones and muscles. At the same time, it is also necessary for the production of cells of the immune system, and reduces the risk of autoimmune and oncological diseases. Its blood level must be monitored if you live in an area where there are few sunny days and often have to wear clothes that cover your arms and legs, are overweight or have bowel disease.

Variety of maturity

A set of laboratory tests “Without unnecessary problems” is specially designed for women 50-65 years old. It includes 27 indicators: those that we described above as part of the complex for women 40-49 years old, and a few more.

Ultrasensitive C-reactive protein is a sign of initial damage to the walls of blood vessels (onset of atherosclerosis). Before the onset of menopause, the walls of blood vessels are protected from this by the female hormones estrogens, so atherosclerosis is more typical for men. Therefore, with a decrease in ovarian function, it is important to control the signs of inflammation of the vascular walls.

Cancer-embryonic antigen (CEA) is an important tumor marker. It can increase not only in cancer, but also in other chronic diseases. In combination with other data, it allows one to suspect hepatitis and cirrhosis, pancreatitis, ulcerative colitis, bronchitis and some other diseases. In the presence of tumors, the degree of increase is proportional to the mass of the tumor tissue.

The CA 125 antigen is known as a marker for ovarian cancer. At the same time, its slight increase may indicate inflammatory diseases in the liver, pancreas, lungs, and pelvic organs.

Conduct a planned check-up, take timely measures to prevent the development of diseases and do not waste money and nerves on emergency treatment!