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I’ll admit, even though I feel like I’m in my 30’s, the reality is I’m smack dab in midlife and health issues I would have never considered before should now be more in the forefront of my mind. Yes, I eat healthy, work out and get regular mammograms. But I’ve never even considered the various tests I should be doing to see about potential underlying health problems. It just wasn’t top of mind and, to be honest, I can’t imagine taking an entire day or several days away from work to get all the testing done. But recently the company LetsGetChecked reached out to me to review their home health testing kits.
Let me start by saying I had no idea how many tests existed. LetsGetChecked has five different categories – Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Sexual Health, Wellness and even COVID testing for those who are eligible. They even offer testing for Lyme Disease which is a huge concern for me as I live in a heavily wooded area where deer tics are prevalent. Under each category there are at least 10 – 20 tests with explanations as to why each is important. For example, under Women’s Health the suggested tests include Female Fertility, HPV, Thyroid, Liver, Cholesterol, Celiac, Colon Cancer Screening and Iron.
I decided to do the Essential Vitamin Test which tests my levels for Vitamin D, Vitamin B-12 and Folate Serum. When you click on the test you want to order it tells you about the collection method (meaning finger prick or urine) why this test is important, when you should test and how often you should test.
A few things that concerned me were:
What lab do they use to test my results? Samples are processed in the same labs used by primary care providers and hospitals.
What about privacy issues? All data is completely anonymized to ensure that your privacy is maintained throughout the process. They will not share your information with any third party.
What happens if I get an abnormal result for my test? LetsGetChecked has a team of physicians who will review your order and results. Their nursing team is on standby throughout the testing process and, if you test positive, you will receive a call to discuss your results and treatment options.
The directions are easy to follow and everything you need is included. Be sure to activate your test online before starting. You get 4 lancets in case you need to prick your finger more than once as you need to draw enough blood to fill up to the line. I admit I was a bit squeamish at first at the thought of piercing my own finger, but it was really no big deal. Once you collect your sample it’s important to seal it tightly and turn it upside down a few times to be sure to mix it so it’s preserved for the lab results. Collect the sample in the morning so it can be mailed back the same day.
Once your sample arrives in the laboratory, confidential results will be available from your secure online account within 2 to 5 days.
The way we work with doctors and monitor our health is rapidly changing thanks to telehealth. Home testing is a natural extension of this. Even better LetsGetChecked gives you access to their care team 24/7, utilize their E-Rx system and link all your wearable data, to get deeper insights into your health. There’s no reason not to become more proactive in monitoring your health.
As a bonus, use the code ConfidentialHealth20 at check out to get 20% off your purchase.