Gyms being closed, GPs warning against unnecessary visits and staying at home has made it more difficult to keep on top of our physical health, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try. In fact, the risks of Covid and pressure on the NHS mean it’s more important to focus on our wellbeing than ever.
Mercifully, you don’t have to risk a doctors’ waiting room to look into that thyroid level or possible iron deficiency you’ve been waiting to get checked out. A wave of new letterbox tests offer results in days without having to leave the house.
From Thriva’s hormone MOT kit to Medichecks’ fitness blood test, here are six at-home health checks you can order to your door.
For general health: Thriva
Take one of Thriva’s postal home blood tests and you’ll receive a personalised GP report in under 48 hours.
To find out what tests you should take, Thriva’s site offers a quick health quiz - it only takes a few minutes and you’ll receive a bespoke package based on your answers, whether you want to focus on stress (cortisol), iron levels or female hormones (there are 15 tests to choose from).
When you get your results, your doctor will talk you through each score, flag any that need looking into with a doctor or keeping an eye on, and offer suggestions for how to improve your scores, from taking an Omega supplement to incorporating more walking into your exercise routine.
From £26 (10% off your first test), thriva.co
For fitness checks: Medichecks
Medichecks provides private blood tests and home health checks with over 300 affordable tests and checks, from a Thyroid Function Blood Test to a Tiredness and Fatigue Home Blood Test. If you need help choosing the right test, then you can use its test finder. Coronavirus antibody tests are among the range currently available.
When you buy your test, you will be able to select how you want to collect your sample, either at home with a simple finger-prick collection, with a blood sample taken from a local clinic, or with a nurse home visit (at an additional cost).
After the lab has received your sample, you will be notified of your results in your own personal dashboard along with a doctor’s report explaining your results. If you receive any abnormal results, the doctor will advise you what to do next.
From £35 (25% of all tests in January), medichecks.com
For sexual health: LetsGetChecked
LetsGetChecked aims to empower people to live longer, happier lives through various tests including sexual health, wellness and coronavirus. Once you’ve decided which test you would like to take, they will ship the test directly to you by next day delivery. Once you have completed your personal health record and collected your sample, you will send off your sample to the lab to be processed.
You can track the sample from the moment it leaves your door, and you will receive a notification when it arrives the laboratory. You should expect to receive your results within two to five business days after a doctor has reviewed your results. A nurse will then contact you to discuss the results and the next steps.
More than a million LetsGetChecked tests have been performed to date.
From £41.30, letsgetchecked.com
For food intolerances: Yorktest
Yorktest’s Essential Health Check gives you a broad picture of your health. You can test for 19 different health markers, including: cholesterol and triglycerides, liver function, vitamin D, iron deficiency, B12, and folate. Other examples include a £360 family food intolerance bundle or a £260 complete health and nutritional bundle.
The simple at-home finger-prick blood test provides you with hospital standard, easy-to-read traffic light results. The supporting guidebook will help you make effective lifestyle changes, while professional advice will allow you support your overall health.
From £44, (£25% off in January), yorktest.com
For men: Numan
An online clinic built for men. Numan offers an At-Home Health MOT kit, which is an easy-to-use finger-prick blood test taken in the comfort of your own home. The test measures important biomarkers such as thyroid, sexual function, tiredness, cholesterol, diabetes, and vitamins, and Numan also offers treatments for erectile dysfunction, hair loss and premature ejaculation.
Once you’ve done the test and sent it off to the lab, you will receive your results within 3-5 days, allowing you to know what is happening inside your body.
£70 per test kit, numan.com
For the age of your immune system: GlycanAge
GlycanAge is a test that reveals the age of your immune system. It is perfect for those looking to make lifestyle improvements, interested in ageing well, bouncing back from stress, measuring fitness recovery, or simply those wanting to know more about what glycans say about your lifestyle choices.
You can either purchase a one-off test or a guided subscription, which includes multiple tests and support from specialists.
From £23 a month, glycanage.com