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3 reasons to take a home blood test - even if you’re healthy

By Ashton Sheriff | Medically reviewed by Danielle Brightman
3 reasons to take a home blood test

If you look good, feel good, and have a relatively healthy lifestyle, you might think there’s not much point in taking a home blood test. But there’s a difference between feeling healthy and knowing you’re healthy. 

This is where home blood tests come in. 

A home blood test can tell you what’s happening inside your body so that you can understand your health and optimise it if need be. Blood tests examine key areas of your health the naked eye can’t see, which is important because it’s very easy to overlook these areas - especially if you feel healthy. 

For example, it’s impossible to know your cholesterol levels without taking a blood test. Even people who feel healthy can have high cholesterol without knowing it because high cholesterol is often symptomless. Therefore, it’s a good idea to have your cholesterol levels checked every now and then with a home blood test to make sure they’re normal. 

There are also many other reasons why it’s important to have routine blood tests, even if you’re healthy. We’ve boiled them down to three in this article:

1. Home blood tests can help you to optimise your health

One of the main benefits of using a home blood test kit is that it can give you valuable information that can help you optimise your health. 

For instance, you can use a full blood test like the Complete Blood Test to check a range of health indicators (such as your cholesterol levels) as well as the function of your organs. Once you’re aware of how your body is performing, you’ll be able to make informed adjustments to your lifestyle that make it easier to manage your health 

Likewise, if you’ve ever experienced erectile dysfunction (the inability to achieve or maintain an erection), A blood test like the Sexual Performance Blood Test Kit can tell you whether low testosterone may have been a potential cause. When you’ve explored this possibility, you can then take steps to ensure you have healthy testosterone levels in the future (e.g by taking a testosterone supplement, exercising, or, if necessary, having testosterone replacement therapy).

2. Home blood tests can tell you about potential future health risks

As well as being able to take a snapshot of your current health, a home blood test can also act as a detector of potential future health risks. This is useful, because if a potential health risk is caught early it reduces the chances of it becoming more severe in the future. 

For example, high cholesterol can cause cardiovascular disease (one of the most common causes of death and ill-health in the UK) if it’s left unaddressed for too long. However, it’s possible to detect high cholesterol early with a home blood test and take action against it before it becomes too serious. 

It’s worth having a health check up with a home blood test - even if you’re healthy - to help you safeguard your health for the future. The small peek into the future blood tests can offer is enough to help you make lifestyle decisions today that have a significantly positive impact on your health tomorrow. 

3. Home blood tests can check if a supplement you’re taking is working

Supplements often work in subtle ways and it can be tricky to notice how much of a beneficial effect a supplement is having on your health. A home blood test can tell you whether a supplement is working for you by measuring specific biomarkers in your blood, allowing you to look after your health with supplements more effectively.

The numan take

There are many reasons to take a home blood test, even if you’re healthy. Having a health check up at home with a finger prick test can help you to (1) optimise and manage your health, (2) avoid future health risks, and (3) check if a supplement you’re taking is working. 

There are a variety of different home blood tests available, ranging from single biomarker tests to tests that measure a wide variety of biomarkers.