At-home lab tests for senior citizens are growing in popularity. Seniors who are in good enough health to live on their own can regularly check and update their lab work. This saves them a travel hassle to their doctor.
The process is very simple. Seniors go online to order their test kit. Within a few days, they receive a box with the necessary tools and test instructions. That sample is sent back to the lab, analyzed, and the results are posted to the customer’s online account.
Just about all labs offer a variety of tests, including tests for cholesterol and lipid levels, thyroid function, colon cancer and diabetes screening.
For the millions of people, at home lab tests are less expensive than paying for an office visit and lab work. out of pocket. And, there is also the convenience of taking the test from the comfort of one’s home.
Most companies that offer at home lab tests also provide consultations from a medical service. The medical team interprets the results and provides further guidance, if necessary.
Customers seem to be responding well to the approach, with monthly sales in the U.S. more than quadrupling since the start of the 2018.
Sales of do-it-yourself health screening tests are expected to increase by more than 31 percent by the end of 2018, to more than $28 billion worldwide, according to BCC Research. Some give results in a few minutes; others require you send a sample to a lab in a postage-paid envelope, and they might take a few days.
While all at home tests are approved and regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, they do not vouch for the tests accuracy. Therefore, says the FDA, it’s a good idea to follow up with your physician.