Different blood tests will produce different results — find out what your results mean for you!
Our tests are designed to show an accurate reading of your test of choice.
Blood tests will provide you with a snapshot of your current health status and what your potential future health may look like based on your results.
Your results will be presented to you within a range, and your report will indicate whether your test results fall within a normal range — that is, whether your levels are common for someone of your age, ethnicity, and gender.
To put this into context, when you select a test that assesses your calcium levels, your report will illustrate the reference values falling between 2.08 and 2.65. If your levels fall outside the reference range, this may indicate that you have either lower- or higher-than-normal calcium levels.
It is important to note that these are UK ranges and they differ depending on the laboratory. Furthermore, other factors should be considered, such as your smoking status, lifestyle factors, and whether you are pregnant or not.
What happens if my results don't fall within the normal ranges?
If your results are altered, this could be due to several reasons. For instance, this may indicate a sign of an underlying disease, or simply your lifestyle. The latter includes modifiable factors, such as physical activity levels, diet, smoking status, alcohol consumption, and to a lesser extent, menstrual cycle.
Because of this, we would recommend you perform your test when you are at your optimal physical condition. For the most accurate results, your blood tests should be drawn when you are rested. A workout before a fasting blood test can alter some results, such as cholesterol and glucose tests. Additionally, you should avoid taking a blood test when you display flu symptoms or are recovering from a recent injury since this will be likely to give imprecise results.
If your results have returned outside of the ranges and they are a cause for concern, we will flag this up with you and offer an appointment with a medical specialist to create an action plan to help you make an informed decision about your health journey.
Lastly, blood tests are a great way to catch illness or disease early and/or to see how well your body responds to treatments for various conditions.
For more information, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org where one of our customer service agents will be only too happy to assist you further.