Many patients go to the doctor’s office each year expecting to get a full panel of tests, including a blood count, platelets, kidney and liver tests and electrolyte levels. But are these tests really necessary? Could they lead to more harm than good? In today’s episode, primary care doctor Steven Hochman makes the case that patients and doctors could do more to promote health by focusing on healthy eating, exercise and addressing active medical issues rather than performing extensive routine blood testing.
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