New year, better you
January 26, 2021
Melio General Health Check
New year, better you
Whether you’re living a healthy lifestyle or just starting out on a path to becoming healthier, the more knowledge you have, the better you can manage your health. A general health check blood test can help you find out just how healthy you are and give you the right advice to safeguard your health.
The coronavirus pandemic has emphasised that all of us need to protect our health and wellbeing. But even if you feel healthy at the moment, what you do now will affect your health as you grow older.
“A general health check blood test is one of the best gifts you can give yourself if you want a comprehensive overview of your current health status”, says Dr Kush Joshi, our UK medical lead at Melio. “This is because anyone can be at risk of developing potentially serious health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney and liver disease. Any of these can often be going on in the background with us feeling seemingly well, and a blood test can identify this early, so simple lifestyle changes can be made. For many, a health check is how much we spend on coffee in a month - a relatively small investment to take control of your health.”
Around 7 million people are affected by the health conditions a general health check can detect. Combined they are the biggest cause of preventable deaths in the UK
The Melio General Health Check
“The good news,” says Kush, “is that a simple, comprehensive blood test can check your body is operating as it should and pick up any warning signs that you might be at risk of developing some of these preventable illnesses, and give you personalised advice on how to reduce your risk.”
Designed by our medical team, the Melio General Health Check looks at eight crucial health areas by examining 50 biomarkers to provide an overview of your current health status. These results enable our experts to create your personal medical report with advice about how to reduce any apparent health risks as well as providing steps to further help and support.
Eight health elements
Booking a General Health Check with Melio will give you a clear picture of your health status in relation to eight key conditions:
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the world, but it can be prevented. Dyslipidemia (an excess of triglycerides and cholesterol in blood) is one of the most important risk factors, so our test looks at your total cholesterol, HDL and LDL cholesterol, and triglyceride levels.
Diabetes occurs when the body’s ability to regulate the amount of blood sugar (glucose) is impaired. In type 1 diabetes the body is no longer able to produce insulin, and in the more common type 2 (which occurs more frequently with age) the body is no longer sensitive to insulin. Diabetes-related tests can detect pre-diabetes and undiagnosed diabetes, as well as monitor how well diabetes is controlled.
Our kidneys remove waste products and excess water from the body, so if they are not functioning properly, waste products can accumulate and cause serious health problems. Kidney function can also be affected by diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Optimum liver function is essential for metabolising fats, carbohydrates and proteins, as well as cleansing the body of toxic substances - a poorly functioning liver can make us really unwell. There are a number of causes of poor liver function, including infection, alcohol use, and side effects of some medications and food supplements. Our test checks for six different markers to work out how well your liver is working and if any improvements can be made.
Vitamins and minerals are essential nutrients our bodies need in order to work properly and stay healthy. There are 13 main vitamins – such as vitamin D, which is vital for maintaining bone health and preventing osteoporosis – and a number of minerals such as iron. Ensuring you’re getting enough vitamins and minerals is also crucial for the regulation of many bodily functions – like making blood cells, tissues, genetic material and hormones. Our test checks your levels of folate, vitamin B12, vitamin D, calcium, magnesium and iron.
Inflammation can be caused by lots of different things including infection, inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, and can even be a risk factor for heart disease. Our test checks for c-reactive protein (CRP) and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), which lets us know your levels of inflammation and means our experts can advise you on any next steps.
Knowing your full blood count will give you an idea of how healthy your immune system is, as well as your total blood counts. These are primarily made up of: your platelets (important for stopping bleeding), white cells (to fight infection) and red cells (which carry oxygen around the body). A full blood count provides information about all these cells. For example, if you often feel tired we can determine whether anaemia – caused by a low red cell count – is a problem.
For men taking this test, we also check your PSA (prostate specific antigen) levels. PSA is a protein produced by the prostate, and high levels are often associated with prostate cancer – the most common cancer in men in the UK. It usually develops slowly and there may be no signs for many years, but if caught early treatment can be more effective.
Check your health status today
If you want to find out more about your overall health you can book a General Health Check directly via Melio, at a time that suits you.
A trained health professional at one of our partner clinics will perform the blood draw, and send the sample to one of our UKAS accredited labs. All test results are individually checked by one of our in-house doctors, who will also write you a personal medical report with any further advice and guidance you may need.
Book your General Health Check blood test click here or use the chat button if you’d like talk to one of our specially trained advisors for more information.