Ever wondered about those codes in your blood tests? Or ever asked yourself why are you getting these blood tests and not others? Or even gone one step further to ponder: Which blood tests should I get?
After spending a couple years tracking my life and health, I’ve become increasingly focused on the value of blood testing and blood tracking. There are a ton of positive reasons for regular blood testing.
Unfortunately, it’s a confusing space. In studying and thinking about my blood lab results, I struggled to even find a clear single source of information about biomarkers and blood tests today. There are a several sites sharing this blood info, but it’s scattered and misleading. Personally, I have read and reviewed over 400+ pages of articles and research on blood testing as well as a few books too.
For the sake of myself, data analysis and future comparisons, I’ve combined all of this to create my own “awesome” list of biomarkers, blood tests, blood testing companies, and biomarker and blood testing tools and technologies. With the goal of providing both an entry level source about blood biomarkers as well as a deeper “backend” on on-going information about blood testing, I’ve created an Open Source Blood Tests and Biomarker Database to help us understand our blood chemistry and our health based on our blood.
Check it out at: https://github.com/markwk/awesome-biomarkers or scroll to the bottom of the post for a summary.
NOTE: This list is a work-in-progress and meant to be collaborative effort, so feel free to post issues and help make improvements send them back for the community to share.
In this post, I want to share briefly on why I created this project, some lessons learned, and my conclusions. Finally, I’ve included the intro intro to biomarkers and blood testing at the end.