We live in a day and age where time has become a precious commodity, since the pace of life seems to be constantly accelerating, and an increasing number of people are finding themselves in the difficult position of having to juggle personal and professional demands. As such, a worrying set of statistics will reveal that more and more Americans will purposely disregard their own health and fitness condition, simply because they don’t have enough time (or money) to properly monitor their own wellbeing. However, it is equally shocking to find out that people will purposely choose not to get lab tests and argue they don’t have the time required to go to a clinic, especially since the proliferation of at home blood test kits. Some people worry that such tests are insufficiently safe, while others have qualms over drawing their own blood. However, more and more experts are agreeing that this view is a matter of education: by educating themselves on what such blood tests do, how they work, and what they can assess, many people could avoid health risks altogether.
What Can You Test Yourself for?
Given the advances of medical science, at the moment it is possible for patients to test themselves at home for a wide range of conditions, disorders, and symptoms. According to Health Testing Centers (http://www.healthtestingcenters.com/test-kits.aspx), a Stress Test Kit, for instance, will allow one to test one’s own cortisol levels. The release of this hormone is one of the body’s first responses to stressful situations, and measuring its levels four times during one day can provide an accurate description of one’s adrenal fatigue levels. Similarly, there exist specialized hormone test kits, especially targeted for men and women past the age of fifty – a stage of life during which the body’s hormone production mechanisms undergo dramatic changes, because of menopause or simply due to the effects of natural aging. Another complex and important test kit is the one for gauging cardiovascular risks of illness, through assessing several risk areas, such as hemoglobin levels, cholesterol (total, LDL, HDL, and VLDL), and fasting insulin.
How at Home Test Kits Work
It’s important to note that most at-home test kits are complementary to regular lab work – that is, they can’t and shouldn’t replace them altogether, as a blood or saliva test undertaken by a health care professional in a clinical environment is likely to be more accurate and telling. That being said, at home test kits will usually analyze a sample of saliva or blood. Syringes are not used in such tests, as they could prove perilous for an untrained non-professional; instead, blood is drawn through a simple and painless blood prick. Each test contains thorough and detailed instructions for proper usage.
Recently, a Veterans Affairs Medical Center research report revealed that at home blood tests are just as relevant and effective for elderly patients, who would otherwise need to visit a doctor’s office on a weekly or even multi-weekly basis for monitoring against blood clots. At-home weekly tests could come to replace such a taxing schedule of visits at clinics, for patients who are already old and find it hard to pay such visits frequently. And the experts agree that while anti-coagulation medication is basically keeping their elderly patients alive, something needs to be done to try and alleviate their efforts.
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