Resources for tracking, understanding, and influencing your bloodwork

Dan Wich looking disgusted at a urine test

By: Dan Wich

Tracking bloodwork and other metrics

Thanks to Sean McSmartGuy (it's possible I made up an alternate last name for him) for alerting me to both of these tips:

WellnessFX for (free) bloodwork tracking

Premium "managed bloodwork panels" provider WellnessFX has the most useful bloodwork tracker I've seen, and you don't need to buy anything to use it:

General metric tracking (also free)

Screen shot of a Google Sheet in a Fluid app container with personal metrics in it.

I don't have a strong opinion on tools for general metrics tracking (like body temperature and pulse), but I like using Google Sheets for a few reasons:

For Mac users, I find Fluid useful for turning the spreadsheet into an "application" with a permanent dock icon and a dedicated window without all the browser cruft.

On mobile devices, everyone seems to love Nomie, though I've only looked at it long enough to find the mascot cute.

Understanding your bloodwork

If you've enter your labwork into WellnessFX's tracker as I described above, you can click on each value to get a summary of what it means.

From there, I find Healthline useful for a friendly overview of the test, and the AACC's Lab Tests Online useful for moderately in-depth explanations.

For community discussions, Patient.info's blood test discussion forums look active and helpful, though I haven't spent much time there yet.

Influencing your bloodwork

I'm a member of the seemingly-unhinged group of Ray Peat fans who have found his ideas useful in understanding health issues and tweaking things like bloodwork.

He's tough to wrap your mind around at first (I thought he was just some internet crackpot for a long time), but I have a couple of introductory suggestions if you're curious:

Other smart people talking about bloodwork:

If you're interested in self-testing as I am, check out my Facebook or Twitter account where I post interesting self-testing news and get a little too excited about blood test sales.


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Please leave a comment if you see a way to improve this page or if you have any questions. Keep in mind that I know little about the medical side of bloodwork, I just enjoy making sites with lists of things.

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