Anemia Blood Test

Anemia Blood Test

59,00 (includes shipping)

Check your iron, hemoglobin, and ferritin levels from the comfort of your own home with Homed-IQ’s Anemia Blood Test.  Anemia occurs when the number of red blood cells in the body decreases. This can cause symptoms of fatigue and lack of energy. Have you been feeling tired often despite adequate rest? Then it is a good idea to check for anemia. This test checks several indicators of anemia using a blood sample taken from home. The sample is then evaluated by a certified laboratory with results available within days.

Test for: Hemoglobin, iron and ferritin in the blood

Test method: Finger prick test

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  • Results within 24 hours after arrival at the lab
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  • Easy to use from home
  • Professional analysis in a medical certified laboratory
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Description

About the Test

What is an anemia test?

This test measures the hemoglobin, iron and ferritin levels in your blood. Hemoglobin – also called Hb – is needed to carry oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body. Iron is a mineral that is important, among other things, for the formation of hemoglobin, a component of red blood cells. Ferritin is a protein that stores iron in your body. It is mainly in your liver and bone marrow, but also partly in your blood. The amount of ferritin in your blood says something about the amount of iron stored in your body. If your ferritin level is too low, you have too little iron in your body. It may then be more difficult for your body to produce hemoglobin (Sanquin).

The most common cause of anemia is iron deficiency. That is why we test iron levels in addition to hemoglobin with our Anemia Blood Test. Based on the results, it can be determined whether you have anemia or not.

What Is anemia?

Many people think that anemia is caused by having an insufficient amount of blood, but this is not the case. Anemia means you have a shortage of red blood cells and hemoglobin. Your red blood cells are about 1/3 filled with hemoglobin, a protein found in the blood. Hemoglobin is red and therefore gives your blood its red color. The function of hemoglobin is to transport oxygen and carbon dioxide. As soon as you have a shortage of hemoglobin, you can feel lethargic and fatigued. 

Symptoms

Common symptoms of anemia include:

  • Pale skin
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Heart palpitations
  • Headaches
  • Sweating
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Quickly becoming short of breath with exertion
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling faint

Test Process & Results

What is in the test kit?

The test kit contains instructions for use, lancets to collect blood, a blood collection tube, alcohol wipes, band-aids, a protective transport bag and a return envelope to send your sample to the laboratory.

How reliable is this test?

All test samples are processed in the same labs used by primary care physicians, hospitals and government programs. Homed-IQ’s partner labs are ISO 15189 certified which is the highest level of laboratory accreditation.

The sensitivity and specificity for this blood test is almost 100%. Sensitivity is the ability of a test to correctly identify disease. Specificity is the ability of a test to correctly identify tests without disease.

How soon will I receive the results of Homed-IQ’s home anemia test?

Once you have collected your sample and mailed it to our laboratory, it generally takes a few working days before you receive the test result. As soon as your test sample arrives at the laboratory you will receive a notification by email. Once your test result is ready, you will receive a text message and an email from us with a link to your test result. We will keep you well informed throughout the entire testing process!

What does the test result mean?

This test measures the hemoglobin, iron, and ferritin levels in your blood. The results of this test can determine whether or not you have anemia and what may be causing it.

Frequently Asked Questions

In the Netherlands, approximately 12.5% of the population has anemia. Worldwide this percentage is almost 25% (WHO Global Database on Anemia, 2008). Since anemia is highly common, it is important to test for it regularly.

Most people are at risk of developing anemia due to poor diet, intestinal disorders, chronic illnesses, infections, and other conditions. Women who are menstruating or pregnant and those with chronic conditions are most at risk of this disease. The risk of anemia increases with age.

If you have any of the following chronic conditions, you may be at even greater risk of developing anemia:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis or another autoimmune disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Cancer
  • Liver disease
  • Thyroid disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis)

The signs and symptoms of anemia can easily be overlooked. In fact, many people don’t even realize they have anemia until it is diagnosed with a blood test.

One risk group for anemia is people who are vegetarian or vegan. We have specially developed the Vegan and Vegetarian Blood test for this group of people.

 

Iron deficiency is the most common cause of anemia. Other causes can be a deficiency of vitamin B12 or folic acid. Anemia can also be caused by other diseases, or occur due to hereditary genetic mutations. Stress can also be a cause of anemia, according to researchers (Wei, Zhou, Huang & Li, 2008). 

No, ferritin is a protein that stores iron in your body. The amount of ferritin in your blood says something about the amount of iron in your body, but does not cause anemia. However, a ferritin deficiency can indicate you have too little iron in your body. Iron deficiency is one of the causes of anemia.

No, iron deficiency is one of the causes of anemia. It is the most common cause of this condition.

Homed-IQ’s self-sampling tests are scientifically certified and validated for home use. The tests have been approved by our lab to determine whether the results of samples taken at home are as accurate as samples taken in a testing station or doctor’s office. It is only legal to sell validated medical tests.

Each sample is processed in a laboratory that is ISO15189 certified, which allows us to guarantee the reliability of the tests.

Anemia cannot always be prevented, but a healthy and varied diet does reduce the risk of anemia. This is especially important when you:

  • Are pregnant
  • Are vegan or vegetarian
  • Have a long-term (chronic) illness
  • Lose a lot of blood during your period

Foods that are high in iron include:

  • Red meat
  • Iron-fortified bread
  • Certain types of fish such as mackerel, sardines, tuna, and crab
  • Legumes, such as beans or lentils
  • Nuts
  • Dried fruits, especially apricots and figs
  • Vegetables (especially dark green leafy vegetables) such as endives, spinach, broccoli or zucchini, artichoke, and concentrated tomato products

 

If not treated, chronic anemia can lead to many health problems such as:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Complications During Pregnancy
  • Heart problems

The biggest advantage of this anemia laboratory test is that you can easily take the test yourself at home, without the need for a visit to your doctor or a testing center. You will receive the test result within a few days.

Homed-IQ offers a range of home testing solutions for different health conditions, vitamins, and minerals. Click here to see our full test portfolio.

We currently do not have any agreements with health insurers. At Homed-IQ we therefore keep our tests as affordable as possible to give everyone the opportunity to get a better understanding of their health.

Yes. Most rapid tests are not reliable because your sample will not be examined by a laboratory. With Homed-IQ’s Anemia Test, your sample is examined by the same laboratory that most hospitals and general practitioners work with, and use exactly the same testing method. We can therefore give you a definitive answer whether you have anemia or not.

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How It Works

Order Your Test

Once you have placed your order, your test-kit will be delivered within days (in discreet packaging).

Activate & Mail Your Sample

After online activation of your test-kit, you can collect and mail your sample within minutes.

View Results

A certified laboratory will review your sample, test results will be available within days.

How It Works

Order Your Test

Once you have placed your order, your test-kit will be delivered within days (in discreet packaging).

Activate & Collect Your Sample

After online activation of your test-kit, you can collect and mail your sample within minutes.

View Results

A certified laboratory will review your sample, test results will be available within days.

We only work with the best certified laboratories

All laboratories we work with are ISO 15189 certified, which is the highest possible medical certification in Europe.

Private & Confidential

Order your test online from the privacy of your home. The test kit will arrive in discreet packaging, so no one will know what you ordered. Homediq ensures that you can test at your own terms, and your results will always remain confidential and secure!