A healthy lifestyle is hugely important for your wellbeing. It’s also essential that you’re aware of key areas of your general health that you should be monitoring and testing. From your cholesterol to your kidneys, this article highlights 6 key areas of your health you can take control of at home.
- Testing your Vitamin Levels
- Testing your C-reactive Protein (CRP) Levels
- Checking your Cholesterol
- Monitoring your Thyroid
- Kidney Function Testing
- Testing your Cortisol Levels
Testing your Vitamin Levels
Vitamin D is essential for the normal growth and development of bones and teeth. A deficiency in vitamin D affect calcium absorption and the prevention of osteoporosis. It’s also linked to seasonal affective disorder, resulting in tiredness, fatigue and weakness.
Meanwhile, Vitamin B12 plays a vital role in the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system as well as the formation of red blood cells. It also helps to regulate and synthesize DNA. A lack of folate serum and vitamin B12 can increase your risk of suffering from fatigue and anemia.
Being aware of potential deficiencies in these basic vitamins will allow you to make the necessary adjustments to your diet and lifestyle if required. Test your vitamin levels by ordering your at home basic vitamin test here: www.letsgetchecked.com/vitamin-test
Testing your C-reactive Protein (CRP) Levels
CRP (C-reactive protein) is produced by the liver in response to tissue damage or inflammation in the body.The presence of CRP can indicate the presence of an infection, chronic inflammatory disorders (such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or vasculitis), autoimmune disorders or coronary heart disease.
Test your c-reactive protein levels by ordering your at home CRP test here: www.letsgetchecked.com/crp-test
Checking your Cholesterol
Cholesterol is a naturally occuring substance in your blood, which is a waxy, fat-like substance that floats within your blood stream. We all need it in our system, as it has many important functions in the body including making vital hormones (testosterone and oestrogen) and absorbing fat soluble vitamins, including A, D, E and K.
Your level of cholesterol can often go unnoticed until you’re faced with a more serious condition, which makes early detection and monitoring of your cholesterol essential. Regular monitoring of your cholesterol allows you to take action with lifestyle choices, regular exercise or prescribed medication for better clinic outcomes.
Anyone can take this test to understand and monitor their cardiovascular health. Test your cholesterol levels by determining the levels of lipids or fats in your blood and ordering your at home cholesterol test here: www.letsgetchecked.com/cholesterol-test
Monitoring your Thyroid
Your thyroid is an endocrine gland found in your neck which produces the hormones Triiodothyronine (T3) and Thyroxine (T4). The amount T3 and T4 produced by the thyroid gland is regulated by another hormone known as Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) which is produced in the pituitary gland in the brain.
An increase in TSH will result in a drop in T3 and T4 leading to hypothyroidism. A decrease in TSH will lead to an increase in T3 and T4 which causes hyperthyroidism.
It’s important to determine how your thyroid is performing by looking at thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), free thyroxine (T4) and free triiodothyronine (T3). Monitor your thyroid by ordering your at home thyroid test here: www.letsgetchecked.com/thyroid-test
Kidney Function Testing
Your kidneys are responsible for filtering your blood and removing waste products through your urine. They also manage water retention and control ion concentrations and the acid balance in your blood. Your kidneys do this through millions of structures called nephrons and maintaining them is very important for your overall health.
High levels of urea, creatinine and a low eGFR Glomerular filtration rate can indicate acute or chronic kidney disease. There are a number of reasons why you should test your kidney function, including if you have a high protein diet, take gym supplements or performance enhancing drugs, suffer from high blood pressure or diabetes, to name a few.
This test will indicate how your kidneys are performing by measuring levels of urea, creatinine and Glomerular filtration rate (eGFR). Test your kidney function performance by ordering your at home kidney test here: www.letsgetchecked.com/kidney-function-test
Testing your Cortisol Levels
Cortisol is a steroid hormone and is released by the adrenal gland in response to stress or low blood glucose. It is responsible for controlling the body’s blood sugar levels, regulating metabolism, acting as an anti-inflammatory, influencing memory formation, controlling salt and water balance, influencing blood pressure and helping development of a foetus in pregnant women.
Cortisol balance is essential for human health and problems may arise if the adrenal gland releases too much or too little cortisol. Cortisol levels can become imbalanced during the different stages of adrenal fatigue.
Testing your cortisol is important as it can be linked to adrenal fatigue, low blood sugar levels, metabolism issues, type 2 diabetes and stress.Test your cortisol levels by ordering your at home cortisol test here: www.letsgetchecked.com/coritsol-test
Who We Are
LetsGetChecked empowers you in tracking and improving your health from the comfort of your own home. We are a patient-led, medical technology platform that is giving men and women the power to self-test for a range of health conditions.
From your heart to your hormones and your vitamins to your vitality, LetsGetChecked offers convenient and confidential health tests to everybody, for every body. Using your personalized online profile, you can monitor every aspect of your well-being.
Simply order your test online. Self-collect your sample at home. Return your sample to our accredited laboratories in a pre-paid self-addressed envelope. Receive your results in 2-5 days. LetsGetChecked will support you, every step of the way. In the event that your results are positive or outside a normal range, a fully certified doctor or nurse from the LetsGetChecked medical team will guide you through a personalized treatment program.
It’s good to know.
Written by Hannah Kingston | Approved by Medical Director Dominic Rowley