Men’s Ultimate At Home Blood Test, from our experts to you.Dr Sam Rodgers MBBS, MRCGP
Chief Medical Officermeet our doctors
What does a men's blood test show?
Our Men's Ultimate At Home Blood Test measures your liver and kidney function, heart health, inflammation, iron status, vitamins B12 and D, and testosterone. It's our most advanced home finger-prick test for men and is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a general health MOT or to see how you can proactively improve your lifestyle to stay healthy.
Why check testosterone levels?
Testosterone is responsible for male characteristics and plays a role in body composition, such as the balance between muscle and fat, libido, mood, and energy levels. Checking whether you have a healthy testosterone level for your age can help you to investigate why you are not building muscle mass or the cause of weight gain or low libido.
Why are liver, kidney, and cholesterol markers important for men?
By looking at your liver and kidney function, along with your cholesterol status, you can identify related risk factors that may be caused by eating or drinking too much. That’s important because having high cholesterol can cause fatty deposits to build up in your arteries over time, which raises your risk of cardiovascular disease. Your liver is one of your most important organs and has many functions, such as breaking down food and converting it to energy, getting rid of waste and toxins, and manufacturing and regulating some hormones. Your kidneys are also responsible for filtering waste products from your body.
How to prepare for your test?
Prepare for your Men’s Ultimate At Home Blood Test by following these instructions. Please take your sample before 10am. Avoid heavy exercise for 48 hours beforehand. Avoid fatty foods for eight hours before your test, you do not need to fast. If you use hormone gels, pessaries, patches, or tablets, we strongly recommend selecting a venous sample to minimise contamination sometimes seen with finger-prick tests. Otherwise, administer any hormone supplements using gloves, and make sure your fingers have not been in contact with hormone supplements for at least four weeks before taking the test. Hormones can be absorbed deep within the skin even after minimal contact and remain there for weeks despite vigorous handwashing. You should take this test before you take any medication or vitamin/mineral supplements. Do not take biotin supplements for two days before this test, discuss this with your doctor if it is prescribed. Do not take vitamin B12 for two weeks prior to this test. If your B12 is prescribed ask your doctor whether to stop. If you are a woman take this test two to five days after the start of your period, ideally on day three. It can be taken any time if you do not have periods.
Frequently asked questions
What is a men’s health check?
Our Men’s Ultimate at Home Blood Test provides a general health check and is suitable for men of all ages. It can test for potential chronic health conditions before physical symptoms appear and spot nutrition and dietary issues, which can be resolved by lifestyle changes. This men’s health blood check won’t diagnose a condition, but it can give you an insight into your health.
Our guide to health and wellness explains more.
Can you increase testosterone?
There are natural ways to increase or boost testosterone that involve adapting lifestyle factors like getting the right amount of exercise and sleep, reducing stress, and eating a healthy diet that includes sources of vitamin D and zinc. A low testosterone level alone doesn't need treatment.
Our guide to men’s hormones answers testosterone FAQs.
Is heart disease hereditary?
Having a family history of early heart disease can increase the risk of developing heart disease. While inherited heart conditions are passed on through families, some lifestyle factors can also increase your risk of heart disease like having high cholesterol, being overweight or obese, having diabetes, smoking, having an unhealthy diet and being physically inactive.
What are the signs of liver disease?
Often, there are no obvious signs or symptoms of liver disease until the disease has progressed to an advanced stage. If liver disease is left undiagnosed and untreated, it can lead to irreparable liver damage which can cause problems in your body.
Have a look at the signs and symptoms of liver disease.