Hemoglobin Test
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Hemoglobin Test

29,00 (includes shipping)

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.

Test for: Hemoglobin (Hb)

Test mode: Finger prick test

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 will therefore 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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“.

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?”.

A low hemoglobin level can have various causes, such as:

  • 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

 

A hemoglobin level that is too high can have various causes, such as:

  • 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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

This test only measures your hemoglobin level. If you also want to measure the values ​​of other vitamins and minerals, we recommend that you opt for our extensive anemia test. This test measures both iron and ferritin levels in addition to hemoglobin. Click here to view our complete testing profile for other vitamins and minerals.

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

How It Works

One

Order Your Test​

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

Two

Activate & Collect Sample

After online activation of your test kit, you can collect your sample within a few minutes and mail it back to us in the pre-paid envelope.

Three

View Results​

A certified laboratory will review your sample and your test results will be available within a matter of days.

Reviews

Andrea K.
Andrea K.
Easy
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Oliver W.
Oliver W.
Good Experience
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Overall experience was excellent. But the processing time was a bit long, maybe it was because I only ordered late Friday evening. The rest of the process went well.
Wendy M.
Wendy M.
Results within 48 hours
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This was my first time ordering a 'health test' online. The test was delivered within 24 hours of placing my order. It was easy to activate and ship with the shipping envelope in the box. Results were ready within 48 hours!
Mark B.
Mark B.
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The test was quick and easy to do. The online support was very helpful throughout the process! Based on my first experience, I can absolutely recommend Homed-IQ!
Sandra J.
Sandra J.
As advertised
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Stefan de V.
Stefan de V.
Fortunately, I don't have to leave the house!
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The test was delivered within a day and I thought it was all easy to do, activating the test could perhaps be a little easier. At least I didn't have to go to the doctor or take a day off from work to get my blood checked or come back to a doctor's office for the results! It's quick and easy.
Remco H.
Remco H.
Test taken within 5 minutes
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Shipping is very fast and the purchase process is well described in the supplied manual. It took me a maximum of five minutes to do. I knew it would be difficult for me to get to the doctor, especially because of COVID-19, so this was a lifesaver. It took 4 days to receive my results.
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