7 Health Checks To Get Now

7 Health Checks To Get Now

With GP waiting times having increased by almost a third in the last 12 months and the average waiting time before being seen by a GP now at two weeks, it pays to think outside the box when it comes to keeping on top of your health. Fortunately, a whole host of tests are on offer that don’t require a trip to the doctor’s.

1. Thriva Blood Tests

Whether you’re curious about your cholesterol or want to check your vitamin D levels, check out Thriva. Via a painless prick-test – done in the privacy of your own home – the experts at Thriva will assess everything from your vitamin levels to liver function in as little as two days. There’s even the option to subscribe to regular tests to monitor progress and personalised advice along with recommendations are also part of the package. With no needles, appointments or time off required, this is one health service we can get on board with.

Tests start from £24; visit Thriva.co; enter SHEERLUXE at checkout for 50% off a Baseline or Advanced test.

2. Cadogan Clinic Mole Mapping

For the last 30 years, rates of melanoma – the most dangerous form of skin cancer that develops from moles – have been steadily rising, making it one of the most common cancers among young women in the UK. But did you know up to 90% cases of melanoma are believed to be preventable? Whether you have a history of sunburn or are partial to the odd sunbed, book yourself in to the Cadogan Clinic’s Mole Mapping Service for a full-body test. You’ll leave with a comprehensive mole map of your entire body carried out by a dermatologist (many similar tests are done by nurses) and same-day removal of worrisome moles is also available.

Mole Mapping at the Cadogan Clinic, £299; visit CadoganClinic.com

3. At-Home Gut Testing

While gut health shows no sign of slowing down, Atlas Biomed’s test certainly isn’t for the faint-hearted. Via an at-home stool sample, the Atlas experts will reveal what’s really going on in your gut – from the levels of different bacteria and what that means for your health to food recommendations on how to improve or maintain it. If you’re into your gut, are suffering from tummy issues or struggling to get to the root of food intolerances, this test is worth every penny – there’s nothing on the market like it.

Atlas Biomed Test, £139; visit AtlasBiomed.com

4. Bupa Health Checks

Designed to give you a clear picture of your current health and wellbeing while also identifying any future risks – think heart conditions, strokes and diabetes – a private health check could be worth its weight in gold. Whether you have a specific concern or just want to know everything’s working as it should, a Bupa health assessment can help give you peace of mind on a range of issues. From Health Core, a 60-minute session that includes around 40 tests spanning blood analysis to liver and kidney function, to Health Peak, a more in-depth, two-hour session, rest assured no stone is left unturned.

Visit Bupa.co.uk

5. MediChecks Well Woman

For a comprehensive check that covers thyroid function, female hormones and countless vitamins and minerals, try MediChecks’ genius Well Woman UltraVit assessment. Like other pin-prick tests, there’s no need to see your GP and everything can be done at home. Results are guaranteed within three days and their medical team will provide in-depth follow-up advice where necessary. The company also offer dozens of other tests – think specialised checks for the liver and Lyme disease as well as cortisol and countless other hormones; it’s one to bookmark. 

Well Woman UltraVit, £119; visit MediChecks.com

6. Diabetes Screening Tests

Did you know diabetes is the fastest growing health threat in the modern world and that since 1996, the number of people living with the condition has more than doubled? While Type 2 diabetes usually affects older, overweight people, it’s increasingly seen in younger patients and if it runs in your family and if you’re overweight, you have a higher chance of contracting the disease. If you’re at all concerned about diabetes, pop down to your local Lloyds Pharmacy, who offer free Diabetes Testing. The high street pharmacy has been carrying out Type 2 Diabetes screening tests since 2003 and has completed tests for over 1.5m people since, so rest assured you’re in good hands.

Visit LloydsPharmacy.com

7. The STI Clinic

If stats are anything to go by, the number of people affected by a sexually transmitted infection (STI) is on the rise, with nearly 500,000 diagnosed last year alone in the UK. With symptoms tricky to recognise – if any at all – many of us remain in the dark when it comes to knowing what to spot and when to seek treatment. If you’re overdue an appointment but are nervous about visiting a sexual health clinic, log onto TheSTIClinic.com, where dozens of tests can be ordered and done in the privacy of your own home. Many of the tests come with next day results and if you do test positive, medication will also be sent out within 24 hours.

Individual tests start from £34.95; visit TheSTIClinic.com

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