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EverlyWell - 20% Off Cholesterol/Lipids, Vitamin D/Inflammation, Hemoglobin A1C Tests - Starting at $47.20

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EverlyWell has 20% Off Cholesterol/Lipids, Vitamin D/Inflammation, Hemoglobin A1C Tests w/ promo code VALENTINESDAY. Shipping is free.

Hemoglobin A1C Test [everlywell.com] - $47.20
Cholesterol & Lipids Test [everlywell.com] - $63.20
Vitamin D & Inflammation Test [everlywell.com] - $79.20

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Try code "VALENTINE".
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I'm not a doctor (even though I play one on TV) but how accurate are those tests - when taken into account the amount of sample and conditions during shipping ( package subjected to change on temperature can affect the sample). In addition, what are the certifications of the testing lab? Not knocking it down, just asking.
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I'm not a doctor (even though I play one on TV) but how accurate are those tests - when taken into account the amount of sample and conditions during shipping ( package subjected to change on temperature can affect the sample). In addition, what are the certifications of the testing lab? Not knocking it down, just asking.
Probably pretty accurate. Even my blood tests taken at my doctor's office in South Carolina are sent to California for analysis.
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Is this a finger prick type sample?
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Is this a finger prick type sample?
From each of the products it lists the sample as "Complete simple blood spot sample collection."
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Is this a finger prick type sample?
Yup. It comes with a spring loaded finger pricking device.
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From talking with a lot of medical professionals about the rise of this sort of thing, it's generally a net negative that promotes hypochondria and uninformed self-treatment decisions rather than better outcomes.

Let's say one of these comes back "bad." Except it's not "bad," it's just outside of reference range. You read the generic advice about what a high/low measurement means after a web search and start unilaterally doing something, likely with little or no context informed by the rest of your medical history or interactions with anything else you're doing.

Best-case scenario, you improve a metric you'd likely have improved by general lifestyle changes or baseline vitamin D supplementation, things that are already recommended for most people in most cases anyway. Worst-case, you do something uninformed and cause problems with your mega doses of things you didn't actually need, or end up with a severe interaction with one of your existing medications or conditions (the latter, whether it's already diagnosed or not).

But the most common and most likely case is that you just start worrying, more, about an acontextual set of numbers that may not even be a real problem, or may just conceal a real problem.

I'm all for bringing lab costs down and breaking up the predatory price inflations you see in simple and valuable diagnostics, but we're still many years from escaping the need of a competent medical professional to interpret results.
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For those interested Kroger is doing free cholesterol tests through the month of Feb with appointment. Worth checking out. Also if you live by a Sam's Club that's still open, they have a wellness clinic 4 times a year where they do this for free as well. No need to have a membership, open to the public.
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From talking with a lot of medical professionals about the rise of this sort of thing, it's generally a net negative that promotes hypochondria and uninformed self-treatment decisions rather than better outcomes
It always seems like the patients that need to worry the least about their health come in often and those that need to worry don't/are non-compliant. What can you do...
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Can you use HSA funds for this?
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