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As a young woman, I rarely paid attention to the results of the routine blood tests from my annual physicals. Blessed with good health, I was blissfully ignorant that the doctor took my blood to check for certain infections, diseases and conditions, not to mention the performance of my vital organs.
Now that I know better, I’m always grateful when my blood tests reveal that my body seems to be in good working order. Considering the many health issues that can arise with every passing year, the tests can detect problems early, when treatments can be most effective.
And thanks to breakthroughs in medical technology, we can safely, painlessly, and privately perform many crucial blood tests ourselves – right at home – with Life Line Home Tests from Life Line Screening! Prices are super affordable, too!
Life Line Home Tests is a division of Life Line Screening, a national leader in community-based preventive health screenings since 1993. Test categories include General Wellness, Sexual Health, Men’s Health and Women’s Health. Specific tests include a FIT Colon Cancer Screening Test; Vitamin D & Inflammation Test; Liver, Kidney, Hepatitis C Test, Heart Health & Diabetes Test and more.
“At-home lab tests enable customers to purchase affordable and convenient health tests and take charge of their health in the privacy of their own home,” said Joe Jahnke, president and CFO of Life Line Screening.
As a long time fan of Life Line Screening’s preventive health screenings, I was excited to see how its home testing process works. I ordered the Heart Health & Diabetes Test for two big reasons: (1) Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, claiming the lives of 314K women in 2020, and (2) Diabetes increases a woman’s risk of heart disease by about four times (CDC). What’s more, my mom developed Type 2 diabetes in her seventies, which increases my risk for getting it too.
The Heart Health & Diabetes Test measures total cholesterol, HDL (high density lipoprotein) cholesterol, calculated LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol, triglycerides, hs-CRP (high sensitivity C Reactive Protein) and HbA1c (Hemoglobin A1c). The Hemoglobin A1c blood test shows your average blood sugar (glucose) level over the past three months and is the gold standard for diagnosing diabetes.
Of the 38 million people with diabetes in the United States, 20 percent aren’t aware that they even have this disease, which can involve serious complications, stressed Dr. Benjamin Gerson, Laboratory Director of Life Line Screening. Symptoms may not be obvious in the early years, and Life Line Home Tests provide a convenient way to check if you might have diabetes, Dr. Gerson added.
My compact test kit arrived a few days after I placed the order. Easy-to-follow instructions explain precisely how to collect a small blood sample using a little plastic lancet that pricks the skin of a finger. It’s completely painless, I assure you.
Illustrations then clearly show how to deposit the blood drops from your finger onto a collection card. Once the sample dries, the card goes into a foil bag. The foil bag goes into a prepaid mailer, and you’re done. The entire process took about 10 minutes.
To ensure quality, the blood analysis is performed in laboratories certified by CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988) and accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP). All test results are reviewed by independent, board-certified physicians licensed in your state before you receive the results.
A barcode sticker with a unique ID identifies each kit and is used to track your sample as it’s being processed. The ID is assigned to you when you register your kit online, and is matched to your sample when it arrives at the lab. After processing, the lab transmits the results with the unique ID. You will receive your results online within 3-5 days of the lab receiving your sample.
Test kits start at $79 and include shipping. They can be purchased through HSA and FSAs,
and are available throughout the U.S., except in New York State due to regulatory restrictions. Life Line’s Home Tests can be purchased online at www.lifelinescreening.com/hometests