1. Is there anything I can do to improve results of my CBC?
People who have a keen interest in their own health care frequently want to know what they can do to change their WBCs, RBCs, and platelets. Unlike "good" and "bad" cholesterol, cell populations are not generally affected by lifestyle changes unless the individual has an underlying deficiency (such as vitamin B12 or folate deficiency or iron deficiency). There is no way that a person can directly raise the number of his WBCs or change the size or shape of his RBCs. Addressing any underlying diseases or conditions and following a healthy lifestyle will help optimize your body's cell production, and your body will take care of the rest.
2. If I have an abnormal result on my CBC, what other tests might my doctor order as follow up?
It depends on the results that are abnormal and the suspected cause as well as your medical history and findings from your physical examination. Your healthcare provider may request that a blood smear examination be done. Other general tests to check your health and to look for possible causes may include a comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP). A few other general examples include:
When a serious condition such as leukemia, myelodysplasia or another bone marrow disorder is suspected, then a bone marrow biopsy and examination may be necessary. Numerous other tests specific for certain conditions may be needed to establish a diagnosis. Talk to your healthcare provider about the results of your CBC, whether additional tests are necessary, and why.
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