From liver health to vitamin deficiency, we try home test kits
IF you’re not sick of taking tests after months of being forced to take them for Covid, there are some very useful ones you can use to check your health.
From liver health to vitamin deficiency, there’s pretty much a test for everything these days.
They are expensive, but some can help detect serious health problems or diseases.
Jane Atkinson put some of the tests to the test. . .
FORTH is great because your results are kept on one app, so it’s easy to compare results.
I tried MyFORM – Forth Ovarian Response Metric, which checks if your hormones fluctuate in the correct pattern during a menstrual cycle.
This test is suitable for women who want to check their fertility, hormone-related conditions such as PCOS, or find out if they are in perimenopause. It measures hormone levels and ovarian reserve.
Mine was just below optimal, but in your 40s you would expect that.
The test is simple. You prick your finger, fill a small tube with blood, send it and get your results within days.
You repeat this twice a month. It is the most advanced test of its kind on the market.
You also have the option of speaking to their specialist afterwards. The only downside is that you need a lot of blood.
On my first visit I didn’t get enough in the tube so they sent another one.
My favorite. £116, immediatelife.co.uk.
Complete blood count
It was a bit of a hassle because you have to go to a clinic and have your blood drawn, instead of doing it at home.
But on the plus side, you know the right amount of blood was drawn and you don’t have to repeat the test.
The Medichecks Advanced Well Woman blood test is a brilliant all-rounder.
It tests everything from red and white blood cells, kidney, liver and muscle health, diabetes, cholesterol, gout risk, mineral and vitamin levels, thyroid and hormones.
You receive the results online and you can get a report.
I also loved that a doctor went over the results and discussed it, for example my red blood cells were enlarged which terrified me, but the doctor suggested I repeat the test in three months (which I did and it was fine).
The only downside is that I would have liked an app.
Your biological age
I was absolutely terrified to try this one.
Biological age is a fantastic indicator of overall health.
This allows us to see if there is too much unhealthy stress on the body, which can be influenced by diet, sleep, fitness, and emotional stress.
It’s also a great way to track the impact of any lifestyle and fitness changes you’ve made, such as training for a marathon or starting a new diet.
This was by far the easiest test. You have a piece of cardboard or blotting paper, then prick your finger and sprinkle four squares of blood. You barely need blood.
The results take a few weeks. I was five years below my real age!
You receive a follow-up call with a scientist to help you understand your results.
I had some areas to worry about, like the risk of diabetes, and he told me how I could manage that.
If you want to keep tabs on your long-term health, this is great, £289, glycanage.com.