Healthy - now and in the future:
Blood test as the best prevention
Our blood makes up one-twelfth of our body weight, takes just one minute to flow throughout our entire body, and can be the key to a longer and healthier life. Supplying our cells with oxygen as well as essential nutrients and removing waste products (such as carbon dioxide as well as urea), is essential for our everyday survival.
But it also performs to the full in exceptional situations: it fends off harmful pathogens, regulates our body temperature, and helps seal wounds by clumping together. However, all this only works if the ratio of cells and molecular substances is in balance.
If, on the other hand, there is a lack of blood cells, platelets, or nutrients, our blood can no longer fulfill its functions in the body and our health is at risk. But how do we recognize that we are ill or that the blood count is out of balance? By a blood test!
Preventive & acute blood tests: The right time is now!
Blood tests are one of the easiest and most effective ways to check overall health and gain insight into how our bodies are functioning. Therefore, they are not only useful before operations or when symptoms are present, but should also be performed regularly by healthy individuals. The inexpensive and minimally invasive procedure offers the opportunity to proactively prevent the onset of disease and minimize health risks. Medical professionals therefore recommend a blood test at least every three years or when the following signs appear:
In the case of diffuse symptoms that cannot be assigned to a disease, a blood count is ordered to establish the diagnosis. Thus, malnutrition, food allergies, and certain diseases can be identified.
Even in the case of life-threatening situations, diagnoses can be confirmed promptly by rapid tests in order to initiate appropriate treatment. For example, protein building blocks in the blood can identify a heart attack.
Blood tests are performed at regular intervals for many diseases to monitor the course of the disease or to prevent secondary damage. This is the case, of lipid metabolism disorders, diabetes, and hypothyroidism in order to achieve an optimal medication setting.
Prior to any planned surgery, preliminary examinations are ordered, which always include a blood count. This is to rule out possible risk factors, such as blood clotting disorders or acute inflammation.
Many diseases are initially asymptomatic but can have far-reaching health consequences or be contagious to other people. This is the case, for example, with sexually transmitted diseases (such as HIV, hepatitis B/C, and chlamydia.), which is why a blood test can provide certainty here.
Dementia & Cancer Screening
To counteract the increasing prevalence of diseases of old age, blood tests can now be performed for early disease detection. For example, protein analysis can be used to determine the risk of Alzheimer’s disease or to confirm cancer diagnoses even before the onset of acute symptoms. Both processes are still in the development phase but have already achieved great success in recent years. The eight cancers that will be identified in the future using blood tests include ovarian cancer, liver cancer, stomach cancer, pancreatic cancer, esophageal cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer, and breast cancer.
In view of the increase in diseases of civilization, physicians advise having the relevant blood values checked regularly. In this way, circulatory diseases, metabolic disorders, or even various types of cancer can be detected earlier and better treated or even completely prevented. Blood tests should be performed more regularly for certain risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure, recurrent infections, nutrient deficiencies, or persistent symptoms of fatigue.
The small and large blood count
To confirm certain diagnoses, the blood is tested for a specific indicator. For all other diffuse symptoms or for regular monitoring, however, small and large blood counts are ordered. This most common form of blood testing examines the cellular components of the blood in more detail.
The small blood count
The examination is a routine part of general health care and when various diseases are suspected. Anemia, infections, inflammations, and deficiencies can thus be excluded or confirmed. If necessary, the physician can also consult other values and, for example, have the liver or kidney values analyzed.
The large blood count
In addition to the values of the small blood count, further blood components are collected in the differential blood count. The laboratory concentrates on the white blood cells (leukocytes) and evaluates the percentage of granulocytes, monocytes, and lymphocytes to confirm the diagnosis.
The exact procedure of a blood collection
The blood test usually takes place in the early morning. The reason for this is hormone fluctuations depending on the time of day as well as the interval between the last meal. This is because, in order not to falsify the values, it is crucial for most blood tests that the blood sample is taken on an empty stomach and that no medication has been taken. Therefore, the last meal should be the dinner of the previous day. Water, on the other hand, is still allowed, but sugary drinks and alcohol should also be avoided.
The actual blood collection then takes only a few minutes and is usually performed via the vein in the crook of the arm. Depending on the purpose of the examination, various samples are taken, labeled with the patient data and a specific barcode, and then sent to the laboratory.
Because certain components of blood volatilize very quickly, some blood samples must be frozen or taken directly to a laboratory. Normally, however, it is sufficient if the blood samples are collected by a special transport service and analyzed in the nearest laboratory.
The results are then sent back to the treating physician and are available to the patient for consultation one to two days later. In order to clarify possible countermeasures and the need for treatment in the event of abnormal blood values, a follow-up appointment must be arranged with the doctor.
Cost & reimbursement of various blood tests
The small blood count is part of the regular health tests, which are covered by the statutory health insurance as a preventive measure every 2-3 years. Normally, however, the same applies to both GKV and PKV patients: Anyone who arranges a test at his or her own discretion must also bear the costs.
If, on the other hand, it is ordered by the physician to exclude or confirm a disease, the small as well as the large blood count is covered by the insurance. For the individual patient, it is therefore advisable to find out in advance whether the costs are covered by the health insurance or how high they are in each individual case.
Make an appointment for laboratory analysis now
The blood sample does not necessarily have to be taken by the general practitioner, but can also be taken by other trained specialists with a blood collection certificate. Currently, blood collection for various purposes also takes place at the pharmacy, medical laboratory, DRK blood collection centers, or other medical facilities.
To avoid longer waiting times for an appointment at the doctor’s office, these options can be a real alternative, depending on the individual case.
The advantages of blood testing with Probatix
A blood draw is a minor procedure that can achieve great results in prevention and therapy management. Through it, diseases can be prevented, alleviated, or cured more quickly. Therefore, this low-threshold diagnostic tool is worthwhile for individuals as well as the entire population, as it can greatly reduce the burden on the healthcare system, create a healthier population, and be used as an effective prevention tool.
Although the blood draw itself takes only a few seconds, it is currently still often associated with a time-consuming visit to the doctor. Long journeys, waiting times, and awkward appointments often make the quick check-up a procedure, especially if it is not a routine examination but blood values have to be taken regularly due to a temporary abnormality or a long-standing illness.
Probatix, on the other hand, aims to provide patients with low-threshold and easy access to testing. With our software, users can retrieve their blood values more quickly, easily and flexibly and obtain information about preventive examinations performed, regardless of location.
This makes daily life considerably easier, especially for the chronically ill, but also has a great benefit for healthy people. Often the way and effort to a contact point (such as pharmacy, laboratory, DRK) shorter than to the nearest doctor’s office. Probatix subsequently transmits the results.
If values are conspicuous here, they can be discussed by telephone with the attending physician. If, on the other hand, all values are in order, you do not need to do anything further until the next routine examination. The path to a healthy future can be this simple with Probatix Take the test and stay healthy!