Having regular visits with your doctor—every three or six months, or every year—is just one part of monitoring your body. Your doctor will monitor your health depending on your age or stage of life and then make recommendations on how to stay healthy or improve your health. Part of that should require your doctor to ask you to get specific lab work done. If the doctor doesn’t request lab work, you should ask for it yourself.

In particular, those tests should include basic health markers in like your cholesterol count, vitamin D levels, and other traditional health markers. But you should also ask for:

Most lab work should be done on an annual basis, however, if you have signs that something may be off, then your doctor may ask to have it done more frequently.

References

For genetic testing: www.23andme.com; https://geneticgenie.org/