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Hemoglobin Blood Test

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Find out whether you have too little or too much hemoglobin in your blood with Homed-IQ’s Hemoglobin (Hb) Test. Too little hemoglobin can indicate iron-deficiency anemia and can cause symptoms of fatigue and low energy. Conversely, too much hemoglobin in your blood can cause headaches, dizziness and weight loss. Are you experiencing any of these symptoms? Then it is good to check your hemoglobin levels. Homed-IQ’s Hemoglobin Test is simple- you can easily take it from home before mailing it to our certified laboratory for examination.

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What do we test for?

Hemoglobin
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About the Test
Symptoms
Results

About the Test

What is a hemoglobin test?

This test measures the hemoglobin level in your blood. Hemoglobin – also called Hb – is needed to carry oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body. When there is a shortage of hemoglobin in your body, red blood cells cannot deliver enough oxygen to your body’s cells. Iron is needed to form hemoglobin. As a result, low hemoglobin results in symptoms associated with anemia. A hemoglobin level that is too high is also not healthy, and can cause unpleasant symptoms. To learn more, click the tab “symptoms”. Based on the result of this test, it can be determined whether your hemoglobin value is within the normal range or not.

The most common cause of anemia is iron deficiency. However, a deficiency of vitamin B12 and folic acid can also cause anemia. If you also want to be tested for these additional vitamins and minerals, choose our more extensive anemia test.

What causes Anemia?

The most common cause of anemia is iron deficiency. In women, this is usually due to heavy periods, or during pregnancy due to higher iron needs. In old age, anemia is often due to a chronic disease. However, a deficiency of vitamin B12 or folic acid can also be the cause of anemia. This is often the case with people who are vegetarian or alcoholics, when their diet is not versatile enough. In children, temporary anemia can sometimes develop after an infection. This often goes away on its own. In some cases (1%) low hemoglobin is hereditary. The most common form of chronic anemia is thalassemia.

What’s in the test kit?

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

Symptoms

Symptoms of hemoglobin deficiency:

  • Pale skin (in severe anemia)
  • A tired and weak feeling
  • Heart palpitations
  • Headaches
  • Sweating
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Quickly becoming short of breath with exertion
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling faint

Symptoms of high hemoglobin:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Itching (especially after a hot shower)
  • Bruising quickly
  • Excessive sweating
  • Abnormal weight loss
  • Red or purple tint to the face

Results

How soon will I receive the results of this home hemoglobin 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. As soon as your test result is ready, you will receive a text message and an email with a link to your test result. We aim to keep you well-informed throughout the entire testing process!

What does the result mean?

This test measures the hemoglobin level in your blood. This value can be used to determine whether you may have too much or too little hemoglobin in your blood. The target hemoglobin levels for men and women are as follows:

  • In men between 8.5 and 11 mmol/l
  • In women between 7.5 and 10 mmol/l

What should I do with my test results?

If the test shows that your hemoglobin value deviates from normal values, we advise you to contact your doctor. He or she can provide you more detailed medical advice and refer to additional testing if needed.

How does it work?

Order your test
After you have placed the order, your test kit will be delivered within a few days in discreet packaging.
Activate and take your sample
After the online activation of the test kit, you can collect the test sample and return it to the lab for analysis.
Receive your test result
A certified laboratory will analyze your test and share it with our medical team, after which you receive the results in your account.

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Frequently asked questions

Do I need to go to the doctor for this test?

No, you can easily take this test yourself at home and then send it to one of our partner laboratories.

Has this hemoglobin test been reviewed by a doctor?

Our self-sampling tests are scientifically certified and validated for home use. The tests have been validated by our laboratory to see if the results of test samples taken at home are as accurate as samples taken in a testing center 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.

When should I consider doing a hemoglobin test?

We recommend that you do this test if you suffer from symptoms associated with a low or high hemoglobin level (see the tab “symptoms”).

How reliable is this hemoglobin test?

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

What can you do to increase hemoglobin and prevent iron-deficiency anemia?

While many types of anemia cannot be prevented, eating healthy and varied foods can help prevent iron deficiency anemia and low hemoglobin. Foods to include in your diet include those high in iron (red meat, dark green leafy vegetables, legumes, bread, dried fruits, and nuts), vitamin B12 (meat and dairy products), and folic acid (dark green leafy vegetables, legumes, and whole grain ). Additionally, if you eat foods high in vitamin C (such as kiwi and orange), the intestine absorbs dietary iron better.

Go to GBHealthWatch to see which vitamins and minerals each food contains.

What are the causes of a high hemoglobin level?

A high hemoglobin level can be caused by:

  • Smoking
  • Living at a high altitude
  • Taking performance-enhancing drugs like steroids
  • Dehydration
  • Other medical conditions such as lung disease or heart disease
  • Liver or kidney cancer
What are the causes of a hemoglobin deficiency?

Low hemoglobin can be caused by:

  • Too little iron in your diet
  • Too little folic acid or vitamin B12 in your diet
  • Excessive blood loss
  • Internal bleeding
  • Alcoholism
  • Medical conditions such as sickle cell anemia, thalassemia or bone marrow problems

 

What can change your hemoglobin level?

Your hemoglobin level can change for several reasons. For example, due to certain illnesses, heavy blood loss or a change in your lifestyle (a different diet or smoking). See also: “what are the causes of a hemoglobin deficiency?” and “what are the causes of too much hemoglobin?”.

What is Hemoglobin?

Hemoglobin is a component of red blood cells that delivers oxygen from your lungs to the cells in your body. At the same time, hemoglobin carries waste material carbon dioxide (CO2) from your bloodstream to your lungs to be exhaled. In red blood cells, hemoglobin is responsible for the red color of your blood. To learn more about hemoglobin, check out our article “All about Hemoglobin“.

Will my health insurer reimburse this test?

No, at the moment we do not have any agreements with health insurers.

Can I also check the value of other vitamins or minerals with a home test?

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