why should I do bloodwork while I am still young and healthy


Bloodwork is essential at all ages, including when you're young and healthy, for several reasons. According to and his guests, it helps:

  1. Assess Healthspan and Lifespan Trajectory: Bloodwork can provide insight into healthspan, the trajectory of health and well-being, and lifespan, by identifying potential risks for diseases tied to heart health, dementia, etc 1.
  2. Early Detection of Genetic Factors: Some genetic factors, such as LP Little A, significantly contribute to atherosclerosis; hence, early detection can be vital for life-long health management 2.
  3. Monitor Vital Health Markers: Regular bloodwork can reveal factors influencing immediate and long-term health, allowing for early interventions when necessary 3.

    Blood Work and Healthspan

    Peter Attia breaks down the two vectors that make up longevity, which are lifespan and health span, and how blood work can provide insight into lifespan. He discusses the blind spots of blood work and how it can be helpful in predicting risk for atherosclerotic disease and dementia, but not so much for cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.

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    Dr. Peter Attia: Exercise, Nutrition, Hormones for Vitality & Longevity | Huberman Lab Podcast #85
  4. Baseline Information: Getting bloodwork done early in life can provide baseline measurements of health markers, against which future changes can be compared 4.
  5. Informed Decisions: Bloodwork can guide lifestyle changes or medical interventions and enable shared decision-making with physicians for health optimization 5.

recommends that everyone should be screened early in life, with the first comprehensive screening ideally after puberty and then establish baselines in mid-20s. Follow-up could be about every six months, especially after interventions to optimize health. From age 40 and on, a yearly check is advised for a thorough assessment of hormone levels and to monitor vital health metrics 4 5.

Please consult with a healthcare professional to determine your specific needs and the timing for your bloodwork.