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This health check is designed specifically with athletes in mind. This test gives the user a snapshot of their overall health by measuring biomarkers in three key areas that may be causing undiagnosed symptoms, compromising performance, or be indicative of other health conditions. Gain control of your health and reach your athletic goals using this test.
Test Mode: Finger Prick test
Please note: the blood sample for this test must be taken before 10 in the morning, preferably after eight hours of fasting. This means you consume no food or drinks other than water.
What do we test for?
Ferritin is a protein that stores iron. This allows your body to use iron when it needs it. The body needs iron for the production of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin carries oxygen in your blood from your lungs to the rest of your body. If your ferritin levels are low, it can be a sign of iron deficiency. In severe cases, or left untreated, this can lead to anemia – a reduced level of hemoglobin or red blood cells.
Iron is a mineral your body needs to create hemoglobin, which transports oxygen around the body. Iron is also needed for enzyme function, for growth and development, and for a healthy immune system. Without sufficient iron, the production of red blood cells decreases and iron-deficiency anemia can occur. This can cause breathlessness, dizziness, fatigue, and trouble concentrating. An iron test measures how much iron is in your blood. By testing your iron level you can know whether changes in your diet or iron supplements are needed.
Magnesium is a mineral that is important for many body processes, including muscle and nerve function, blood pressure regulation, and the creation of bones and DNA. Magnesium is also linked to improved muscle performance and assists in muscle relaxation and recovery. Magnesium deficiency can weaken your bones, cause fatigue, create muscle tremors and spasms, and even increase your risk of heart arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats) and palpitations. A magnesium test indicates whether you have enough magnesium from your diet or whether you could benefit from supplementation.
Total testosterone is the overall amount of testosterone present in the bloodstream. Testosterone is a hormone produced primarily in the testes in males and in smaller amounts in the ovaries and adrenal glands of females. It plays a important role in the development and maintenance of male reproductive tissues, as well as influencing secondary sexual characteristics such as the growth of facial and body hair, deepening of the voice, and increased muscle mass. It also contributes to sex drive (libido) and plays a role in mood and energy levels. In women, testosterone plays a role in bone density, muscle mass, and sex drive. It also influences mood and overall well-being. Measurement of total testosterone levels in the blood is important for diagnosing hormonal imbalances, assessing fertility issues, and investigating symptoms related to either low or high testosterone levels.
About Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12, also known as cobalamin, is a water-soluble vitamin that plays a crucial role in various bodily processes. It is essential for the production of red blood cells, DNA synthesis, and proper functioning of the nervous system. The human body cannot produce vitamin B12 on its own, so it must be obtained from dietary sources or supplements. Vitamin B12 is naturally found in animal products such as meat, fish, eggs, and dairy. People who do not eat animal products may be at risk of vitamin B12 deficiency, as plant-based foods generally do not contain sufficient amounts of this vitamin. A vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to anemia, fatigue, neurological problems, and other health issues. Common symptoms of B12 deficiency include weakness, tingling or numbness in the hands and feet, memory problems, and difficulty with balance.
About Vitamin D
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble hormone that plays a role in calcium and phosphate absorption in the body. Most vitamin D is produced by the human body itself. This happens when your skin is exposed to UV rays from the sun. Vitamin D can also be found in a number of foods of animal origin, such as egg yolks, fatty fish, and dairy products. Vitamin D can also be found in mushrooms and fortified foods. Vitamin D plays an important role in your body. It ensures the growth and maintenance of strong bones and teeth, ensures the functioning and recovery of your muscles, and promotes proper functioning of your immune system.
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What is the Athlete Test?
Improve your athletic performance with this blood test specifically designed for athletes.
This test examines the level of several biomarkers that may affect your endurance during exercise and the process of recovery after a workout. Feel your best and improve your athletic performance using the insights from the Athlete Test.
What does the Athlete Test measure?
This test measures key biomarkers important to athletic performance, including vitamin B12, vitamin D, magnesium, iron, ferritin, and testosterone levels.
How does Homed-IQ’s Athlete Test work?
This test is delivered in a box that fits through the mail slot. After taking your sample and mailing it to the lab, the test is analyzed in a certified laboratory and reviewed by a physician. Within a few working days you will receive your results in your online account, complete with an easy-to-understand explanation of each biomarker and a printable laboratory report that can be brought to your GP.
What's in the test?
How do I collect my sample for the Athlete Test?
This is a finger prick blood test. Your test kit contains all the necessary materials to collect your sample. Please note: the blood sample for this test must be taken before 10 in the morning, preferably after eight hours of fasting, meaning you consume no food or drinks other than water.
Your test contains the following:
- 3 x lancets
- 2x blood collection tubes (1x Serum tube, 1x EDTA tube)
- 4x alcohol wipes
- 2x band aids
- 2x alcohol-free disinfecting wipes
- 1x return envelope
- 1x protective bag with absorbent material
Summary of Biomarkers
Vitamin D is needed for healthy bones, muscles, and teeth, as well as reducing inflammation in the body. Low Vitamin D is associated with fatigue, depression, and a lack of energy. Vitamin D deficiency can go unnoticed and affect the quality of your workouts and performance. While Vitamin D can be obtained through diet and by exposure to sunlight, Vitamin D deficiency is common during the autumn and winter months due to a lack of sun. This test measures the amount of vitamin D in your blood. If you are found to have a deficiency, you can start taking supplements to ensure low vitamin D does not affect your energy levels and athletic performance.
Vitamin B12 is an essential nutrient that is crucial for brain function, nerve health, the formation of healthy red blood cells, and the creation of DNA. Adequate vitamin B12 is essential for sufficient energy levels and recovery after exercise, as this vitamin supports energy metabolism and blood health. Since vitamin B12 is almost exclusively found in animal products, people who do not eat enough of these foods or have problems absorbing this vitamin may develop a deficiency. Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause fatigue, low mood, muscle weakness, and feelings of breathlessness. That is why detecting and treating a vitamin B12 deficiency before severe symptoms occur is very important, particularly for athletes.
Magnesium is a mineral that is important for many body processes, including muscle and nerve function, blood pressure regulation, and the creation of bones and DNA. Athletes in particular have an increased need for magnesium, as it is particularly important for processes that consume energy. For example, magnesium has been linked to improved muscle performance and muscle movement, and aids in muscle relaxation and recovery.
A magnesium deficiency can weaken your bones, cause muscle tremors and cramps, and increase symptoms such as tiredness and sleepiness. There is also an increased risk of cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) and palpitations, as the heart itself is a large muscle. A magnesium test indicates whether you have enough magnesium from your diet or whether you could benefit from supplementation.
Iron is a mineral your body needs to create hemoglobin, which transports oxygen around the body. Without sufficient iron, the production of red blood cells decreases and iron-deficiency anemia can occur. Because iron is essential for oxygen transport and energy metabolism, a deficiency can strongly affect aerobic exercise abilities and endurance. This can cause breathlessness, dizziness, fatigue, and reduced performance. An iron test measures how much iron is in your blood. By testing your iron level you can know whether changes in your diet or iron supplements are needed.
Ferritin is a protein that stores iron, allowing your body to use iron whenever it needs it. If your ferritin levels are low, it can be a sign of iron deficiency. The body needs iron for the production of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin carries oxygen in your blood from your lungs to the rest of your body. In severe cases, or left untreated, iron deficiency can lead to anemia – a reduced level of hemoglobin or red blood cells. It is therefore extremely important for athletes to be aware of their ferritin levels in order to prevent iron deficiency or anemia and to prevent any negative effects on their athletic performance.
Studies have found that approximately 40% of men over the age of 45 have low testosterone levels, and that total testosterone levels in young and adolescent men are declining over time. Since testosterone affects multiple body systems, identifying and treating a testosterone imbalance is important for health and wellbeing in men and women. Testosterone is the primary sex hormone found in males and responsible for the male attributes gained in puberty such as a deep voice, body hair, and muscle mass. Testosterone is also present in women in lower levels, and influences bone and muscle mass, growth and repair of reproductive tissues, sexual function, and mood.
Low testosterone in men and women can affect energy levels, muscle mass, sex drive, strength, and concentration. Total testosterone is a measurement of both the free testosterone and the testosterone that is attached to proteins in the blood. Since the symptoms of testosterone deficiency are often non-specific, checking your total testosterone levels with a blood test can give you insight into your hormonal balance and provide an indication if treatment is needed for testosterone imbalance.
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Frequently asked questions
How often should an athlete take a blood test?
How often an athlete may choose to do a health check depends on their goals and needs. If you have a diagnosed vitamin deficiency or other health condition your doctor may recommend regular blood tests. If you are simply looking to get insight into your health, a check once a year may be sufficient.
What are normal blood values for athletes?
The normal range for blood biomarkers in athletes depends on the age and gender of the person being tested. Your Homed-IQ test result contains information about the normal values for each biomarker, and whether you are within that range. If you have additional questions about your specific biomarker levels as an athlete, always consult your doctor.
Do athletes have higher hemoglobin levels?
Athletes generally have lower hemoglobin levels than the general population, particularly those who practice endurance training. Lowered hemoglobin levels can affect athletic performance, which is why blood tests for hemoglobin and iron levels can be useful for athletes.
What are the blood biomarkers all athletes should know?
There are several biomarkers that athletes may check to monitor their health and athletic performance. These include measures of iron levels, such as hemoglobin and ferritin, as iron deficiency can affect oxygen delivery to the muscles and lead to fatigue and decreased performance. Vitamins and minerals such as vitamin D, vitamin B12, and magnesium are also important biomarkers that athletes can measure, as a deficiency can cause fatigue, affect muscle and nerve function, and lower bone density. Finally, athletes should also monitor their levels of sex hormones, such as testosterone, which can affect muscle growth, bone density, and overall health. Monitoring these biomarkers through a blood test can help athletes optimise their health and improve their performance, as well as identify potential medical conditions early.
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Why should athletes get regular blood tests?
As an athlete, it is important to feel your best in order to reach your performance goals. Certain biomarkers are related directly to athletic performance and can cause symptoms of fatigue, weakness, reduced coordination, or breathlessness when not at optimal levels. Checking your health with a blood test can ensure you are able to perform at your best and give you an edge over the competition.
How can I use the results of this Athlete Test?
The results of this test can indicate certain vitamin and mineral deficiencies or hormonal imbalances that could be affecting your athletic performance or causing symptoms during or after exercise. With the knowledge provided by a blood test, you can make meaningful lifestyle changes to feel and perform at your best, such as taking supplements, changing your diet, or seeing a doctor.