Feeling tired all the time is one of the most common symptoms that people report. This test looks at the most common reasons that cause this feeling of lethargy: Thyroid function, Vitamin D levels and Iron levels. What's included?
Every customer receives a bespoke report written by one of the GPs on the thriva platform. We'll explain in plain english what your results mean and what action you need to take next.
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The main source of vitamin D is sunlight, but in the UK we can't make any vitamin D from winter daylight between November and March and so Vitamin D deficiency is common in men and women of all ages. For others, the kidneys have trouble converting the nutrient to its active form or their being overweight makes vitamin D less available for use in the body.
The thyroid is a gland found in the neck. It produces hormones that are released into the bloodstream to control the body's growth and metabolism. An overactive or underactive thyroid leads to hormone imbalances which can cause symptoms such as tiredness, weight gain and feeling depressed.
Iron is used to produce red blood cells, which help store and carry oxygen in the blood. If you have fewer red blood cells than is normal, your organs and tissues won't get as much oxygen as they usually would. This can lead to what is know as Iron deficiency anaemia which can cause fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness, headache, coldness in your hands and feet, pale skin, and chest pain. Treatment for iron deficiency anaemia usually involves taking iron supplements and changing your diet to increase your iron levels.
Your thriva health kit will include everything you need to take your simple finger-prick blood test including detailed and easy-to-follow instructions. Each kit includes lancets to prick your finger (no needles!), a small collection tube and a prepaid envelope to return your sample.
Thriva's testing kits were very easy to use, I collected my sample in under 10 minutes. The report was very clear and concise and the info-graphics really helped me visualise and understand my results, which I received within a week! I highly recommend this pioneering product to anyone even remotely interested in quantifying their own health.
I decided to start tracking my cholesterol levels as it’s something my wife has had problems with. Once I saw my thriva results I immediately began making changes in my day-to-day life and have so far found the motivation to keep this up. Seeing my results improve certainly helps!
I wanted to rule out the possibility of an under-active thyroid as I understood it can lead to complications later down the line. The test was really easy to do at home and was much less painful than having blood taken at the hospital.
I first tried thriva to see whether my year of health had paid off, having run over 1000 kilometers in 2015. I was delighted to see I got a great set of results and this has given me the motivation to continue 2016 with the same amount of focus on my health and wellbeing. The report did pick up a blip in my iron levels but I’ve since addressed this.
I have often bemoaned my lack of concentration and poor sleep. I decided to look into my Vitamin D when I saw a news article about how common this deficiency is amongst the UK population and what the impacts are. Safe to say, I, like the majority of those living in blighty, was in fact deficient. I’ve since opted to include supplements into my diet and have seen a noticeable difference in sleep quality.