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Interpreting Blood Test Results

Interpreting Blood Test Results

Interpreting blood test results in a right way is very important for precise and early diagnosis of any kinds of diseases or disorders. Here's how you go about the process.
Charlie S
Last Updated: Mar 19, 2018
Almost all people undergo blood tests at least once in their lives. Blood test results are the indicators of any sort of medical problem which we may be facing. The doctors generally decide the kind of treatment after accurately interpreting these test results. However, we must understand that there are many factors which can influence the results of a blood test.
Some of these factors include heavy physical stress before the tests, eating some peculiar foods and consuming alcohol and certain drugs in heavy amounts. Another thing which we all should know about blood tests is that there might be some errors in the report given to you and the best way to get the confusion solved is by having another test done for confirmation. Here are the useful tips to interpret the results of a blood test.
Blood Test Results for MCH
The main aim of conducting a blood test for Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin (MCH) is to note down the hemoglobin content in the red blood cells (RBC). The MCH is expressed in the unit picograms or pg. The pg number denotes the hemoglobin content in one cell. The first thing you have to check is whether your name, personal details and the date on which the blood test was done is correct. Read your MCH reading from the blood test report. The MCH reading can be called 'normal' if it lies in the range of 27pg and 33pg. In case this number is more than 33pg, then there are chances of you suffering from problems related to the thyroid gland. On the contrary, if this number is less than 27, you might be suffering from a deficiency of iron.
Blood Test Results for WBC
There are white blood cells (WBC's) present in every cubic millimeter of our blood. The number of these white blood cells is the indicator of the WBC count. In the case of normal people, the WBC count is between 4500 and 1000. In case the number is out of the range in your case, you should discuss the reasons with your doctor who will suggest some remedies. Certain kinds of viral infections and medicines are known to lower the count of white blood cells in people.
Blood Test Results for Hematocrit
Let us first understand what is hematocrit is. Hematocrit is actually the percentage of the cellular components in the plasma of the blood. If you are a male and the percentage of your hematocrit is in the range of forty and fifty-four percent, your condition is said to be normal. In case you are a female, then the percentage values of hematocrit should be in the range of thirty-seven percent to forty-seven percent.
Blood Test Results for Cholesterol
If the cholesterol level mentioned in your test results is between 150 and 250mg/dl, the result is said to be normal. The value of low density lipoprotein (LDL) which is referred to as the bad cholesterol should be around one hundred. The situation might be serious if the low density lipoprotein level crosses the mark of one hundred and sixty. The high values of high density lipoproteins indicate that your condition of heart is good.
Some More Tips
  • The normal glucose level is between 60 - 99mg/dl and there is a risk of diabetes above the 126mb/dl level.
  • A high blood urea nitrogen (BUN) level may be associated with kidney problems or malfunctioning.
  • The ideal value of MPV should be between 7.5 and 11.5fl.
  • The RBC count should be 4.5 to 5.9 million/mm3 in the case of men and 4.0 to 5.3 million/mm3 for women
  • The ideal platelet values are in the range of 150000 and 350000.
The blood test results are, in most of the cases, the indicators of different disorders and diseases which we might be suffering from.
Disclaimer: This HealthHearty article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.