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Are you on a mission to lose weight or improve your health? The Weight Balance Test can help support your journey toward a healthier you. This test checks several health indicators that are often closely related to diet, weight, and lifestyle. Additionally, it measures TSH, an indicator of thyroid function that could affect weight loss results. Take a proactive approach to your health and track changes over time with the Weight Balance Test.

Test method: Finger prick test

What do we test for?

Cholesterol HbA1c HDL HDL% of total cholesterol LDL Triglycerides TSH
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Weight Balance Test

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About the Test
Summary of Biomarkers
Test Results
About the Test

What is the Weight Balance Test?

This test measures blood sugar (HbA1c), cholesterol and lipids, and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels. Blood sugar and cholesterol are health markers that can increase your risk of chronic disease and can often be improved by reaching a healthy weight. TSH is an indicator of thyroid function; a marker that, if too high, can slow the metabolism and cause difficulties with weight loss. This is a finger prick test that you can easily take at home. Your sample will then be examined by a certified laboratory, and you will receive the results within a matter of days. It couldn’t be easier!

How does Homed-IQ’s Weight Balance 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.

How do I collect my sample for the Weight Balance Test? 

This is a finger prick blood test. Your test kit contains all the necessary materials to collect your sample at home. Once you have activated your test and created a Homed-IQ account, collect your sample. Next, mail the test back to the laboratory with the prepaid shipping label. Your test results will be available in your online account within days. 

Summary of Biomarkers


Cholesterol is produced in the liver and is found in every cell of the body. There are two types of cholesterol: one in the form of HDL (high-density cholesterol) and LDL (low-density cholesterol). HDL is also referred to as the ‘good’ cholesterol and LDL is known as the ‘bad’ cholesterol. An elevated cholesterol level is defined as total cholesterol above 6.5 mmol / l.


High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL) is a type of lipoprotein found in the blood. It is often referred to as “good cholesterol” because it helps remove other types of cholesterol from the bloodstream. This helps to prevent the buildup of excess cholesterol in the arteries, reducing the risk of atherosclerosis (hardening and narrowing of the arteries) and cardiovascular diseases.

Having higher levels of HDL in the blood is generally considered beneficial for heart health, as it helps to counteract the negative effects of LDL (Low-Density Lipoprotein) cholesterol, often referred to as “bad cholesterol.” Regular exercise, a healthy diet, and not smoking can help increase HDL levels. To learn more about HDL, and which levels of HDL are considered normal/healthy, we recommend you to check out our article “What is HDL?”.


Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) is often referred to as “bad cholesterol” because elevated levels of LDL can lead to the buildup of cholesterol in the arteries. When there is excess LDL in the bloodstream, it can deposit cholesterol on the arterial walls, forming plaques. Over time, this can narrow and block the arteries, a condition known as atherosclerosis, which increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases like heart attacks and strokes.

High LDL levels are often associated with an unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, smoking, and other factors related to an unhealthy lifestyle. Lowering LDL cholesterol through lifestyle changes, medications, or a combination of both can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and improve overall heart health.

HDL% of total cholesterol

HDL% of total cholesterol refers to the percentage of High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol in relation to the total cholesterol present in the blood. Cholesterol is carried in the bloodstream by different types of lipoproteins, including HDL and Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL). HDL is considered “good cholesterol” because it helps remove excess cholesterol from the arteries and transports it back to the liver for processing and elimination.

A higher HDL% of total cholesterol indicates a relatively higher proportion of protective HDL cholesterol in the blood compared to total cholesterol. This is generally considered beneficial for heart health, as it helps counteract the negative effects of LDL cholesterol, often referred to as “bad cholesterol.” A higher HDL% is associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attacks and strokes.


Triglycerides are a type of fat found in the blood. They are the most common form of fat in the human body and serve as a source of energy for various bodily functions. When you eat, your body converts the calories it doesn’t need into triglycerides, which are then stored in fat cells. Between meals, hormones release triglycerides for energy, ensuring a continuous supply of fuel for various metabolic processes.

While triglycerides are essential for normal body function, elevated levels can pose health risks. Elevated triglycerides, along with high LDL cholesterol and low HDL cholesterol, are considered risk factors for cardiovascular diseases. Lifestyle changes, including adopting a healthy diet, regular exercise, and weight management, can help maintain triglyceride levels within a healthy range and reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems.


The term HbA1c stands for ‘hemoglobin A1c,’ also known as glycated hemoglobin. Hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells that gives them their color, carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. Glucose (sugar) in the blood can attach to hemoglobin, forming what is known as glycated hemoglobin. Thus, the more glucose in the blood, the more glycated hemoglobin is present. Since red blood cells, and therefore the hemoglobin within them, have a lifespan of up to 120 days, an HbA1c value provides an insight into the average blood glucose level over the past 10 to 12 weeks. The higher the glucose level in the period before the test, the higher the HbA1c value will be.

Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)

Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) is produced in the pituitary gland in the brain. TSH regulates the production of hormones T3 and T4 by the thyroid gland. Thyroid hormones regulate body functions such as metabolism, energy production, body temperature regulation, digestion, and growth. Either too much or too little TSH can indicate problems with the thyroid, such as hyper– or hypothyroidism. An imbalance in thyroid hormones can cause changes in weight, mood, and energy levels.  

Test Results

What does this test say about my health?

Blood tests offer a glimpse into your overall health. They can detect deficiencies and other irregularities that may not cause symptoms, but could signal the presence of certain diseases or put you at risk for certain diseases in the future. Learning the level of certain health markers can help guide potential lifestyle changes or begin the conversation with your doctor about potential health conditions and how to manage them.

How soon will I receive my test results? 

Once you have collected your sample and then 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 therefore keep you well informed throughout the entire testing process!

Frequently asked questions

How reliable is Homed-IQ's testing process?

All test samples are processed in the same laboratories used by hospitals, general practitioners and medical specialists. Homed-IQ’s partner labs are ISO 15189 certified and also analyse tests for clinics, hospitals, and governmental organisations. The sensitivity and specificity for this blood test is 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 people without the disease.

Where can I get further explanation of my test results or medical advice?

Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions regarding your test results.

When will I know the final test result?

After you mail your sample to the lab, it should take a few business days to arrive. Once the sample is in the laboratory, it will be analysed within three business days. We aim to get your results to you as fast as possible!

Why are regular preventive health screening tests important?

Preventive health screening tests can help identify health risks before they develop into disease, or reveal health issues before symptoms become apparent. This can improve the chances of treatment and cure. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the leading causes of poor health and death in Western Europe are preventable or can be delayed by early intervention (Source).

How can I use the results of this Weight Balance Test?

The results of this test can help monitor health indicators that may improve with weight loss and check for thyroid issues that could make losing weight challenging. It can serve as a starting point before embarking on a weight loss journey or as a means to track health improvements throughout the process.

Can blood tests reveal why it is difficult to lose weight?

Weight loss is a complex topic that involves a combination of lifestyle changes, nutrition, and biological factors. Sometimes, specific health conditions, such as an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), can make losing weight more challenging. Although blood tests can't provide all the answers for weight loss, they can help identify potential health issues that may be hindering weight loss efforts, even when you are consuming fewer calories and exercising regularly.

Does weight affect blood tests?

While the results of blood tests are often determined by multiple factors such as genetics and lifestyle, weight can play a role in the results of certain blood tests. For example, excess weight, particularly in the form of belly fat, is associated with higher HbA1c and may be a precursor to type 2 diabetes. For some people, losing weight can improve certain health markers, such as cholesterol and HbA1c.

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 creating an account and activating your test online, collect the test sample and return it to the lab using the prepaid shipping label. Homed-IQ tests can be placed in a regular mailbox.

Receive your test result

A certified laboratory will analyze your test. When ready, your results will be published to your account, including a PDF laboratory report that can be brought to your GP for follow-up care.

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