Getting a health checkup at the doctor’s can be daunting. The thought of long wait times, unsmiling receptionists, and sharp needles tend to put us off seeing the doctor before we’ve even booked the appointment. But dodging health checkups can cause problems, especially if you have an ongoing or underlying condition. This is why we’ve introduced the At-Home Health MOT: a general health check up that you can perform in the comfort of your own home without needing to see a doctor.
What is the At-Home Health MOT?
The At-Home Health MOT is a finger prick blood test that measures important biomarkers (such as testosterone, cholesterol, and your vitamin D level) to give you an accurate insight into your health. We offer two types of At-Home MOT: a One-Off Health MOT and a Biannual (twice-yearly) Health MOT.
At-Home Health MOT (One-Off): this is a one-time blood test that measures a range of essential biomarkers - as well as the function of your thyroid, kidneys and liver - to give you a snapshot of your current health.
At-Home Health MOT (Biannual): this is a repeat blood test that assesses key health indicators - such as your long-term health, sexual function, and diabetes risk - to help you monitor your health over time. The Biannual MOT is automatically delivered to you every 6 months so you can track your health throughout the year.
How does the At-Home Health MOT work?
Both the One-Off and Biannual At-Home Health MOTs work in the same way. Simply collect a blood sample using the equipment provided with your kit, post it free of charge to our accredited partner lab, and you will receive your results within 3-5 working days. Once you receive your result, you will be able to book a consultation with a doctor who will explain your results and offer professional medical guidance.
What does the At-Home Health MOT test for?
Each At-Home Health MOT is a complete health check that tests your:
- Testosterone level: important for maintaining libido (sexual desire), muscle size and strength, and sperm production.
- Blood lipid level: the MOT checks your cholesterol level as well as other lipid levels. A high cholesterol level can contribute to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease such as heart attacks and strokes.
- Vitamin D level: vitamin D plays a key role in maintaining muscle strength, bone health and a normal immune system.
- Ferritin level: this is a measure of the amount of iron you have in your body. Iron deficiency can cause anaemia and fatigue, whereas too much iron can be an indicator of conditions such as liver disease.
- Full blood count: this includes white blood cell count (these cells help to fight infection), platelet level (important for helping your blood clot if you have a cut or injury), and haemoglobin level to check for anaemia (a condition that causes extreme fatigue).
- HbA1C (glycated haemoglobin) level: your HbA1c level tells you what your average blood sugar levels have been over the last 2-3 months. A high HbA1C level indicates whether you have, or are at risk of developing, diabetes.
- Liver function: this shows you how well your liver is functioning by measuring the levels of certain enzymes and proteins in your blood. A healthy liver is vital for the detoxification of the blood, so it’s a good idea to make sure it’s working as it should.
- Kidney function: kidneys help to cleanse the body of toxins and excess fluid. The MOT measures the levels of salts, urea, and creatinine in your body, as well as your eGFR (an estimate of kidney filtration rate) to determine if your kidneys are working properly.
- Thyroid function: the thyroid is an important gland that helps to regulate the body’s metabolism. The At-Home Health MOT looks at the level of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) as well as thyroid hormones in your body to see if your thyroid is overactive or underactive.
These biomarkers can give you a clearer picture of your current health, as well as inform any lifestyle changes you want to make to optimise it. The Biannual Health MOT is especially useful for tracking the impact of any lifestyle changes you make, as it allows you to compare your results every six months and measure your progress.
The bottom line
Don’t let uncomfortable doctor visits put you off getting your health checked. The At-Home Health MOT is a complete health checkup that you can perform in the safety and comfort of your own home. Each Health MOT measures key biomarkers to give you valuable insights into your health, and the Biannual Health MOT lets you track your health over time to measure your progress.