Thyroid Home Test Kit
About 5 years ago I found out that I had a deficient thyroid gland. So my doctor ordered a TSH test to determine how much medication I needed to boost my thyroid's performance. The problem I had was the $200 laboratory charge for the TSH test! Ouch!!! I remembered reading about home test kits for hormone levels and thought that maybe a home kit for thyroid testing might be available. What I found was the BioSafe TSH Thyroid Test Kit and recommended it to you. The problem now is that their company seems to have gone out of business.
Recently, I discovered the Healthpoint Science for Life Thyroid TSH Test Kit from Health Home Test for $39.95 with the same low price and postage free mail-in results.
The Healthpoint Science for Life laboratory uses my finger prick blood drops to create an analysis that measures a chemical substance in the blood called thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). The test provides me with an accurate, convenient, and inexpensive way to discover my own TSH level. The amount of TSH present is directly related to both hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) and hypothyroidism (under-active thyroid).
The blood specimen collection process is quick, easy and virtually painless... just a finger prick with a automatic lancet. Using the special lancet (included in the Blood Collection Kit), I milked a few drops of blood from a finger prick and squeezed the blood droplets onto a special collection paper device. It's very important not to overfill the paper or the lab will not be able to process the results. Wrap the collection paper in the envelop included and mail it back to the lab for analysis. Healthpoint Science for Life Diagnostix, Inc. tests my blood sample to see how much TSH is present and then mails the results back to me in an easy-to-read, understandable report. I then take the report or email it to my doctor and he decides if the medication levels are okay or need adjustments. He's happy with the information and my pocketbook is happy with the price.
Since the Healthpoint Science for Life TSH test produces a numerical result rather than a simple "yes" or "no" answer, both testing approval and professional review of test results are required by a licensed physician.
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
When your thyroid gland produces less thyroid hormone than your body needs, a condition called hypothyroidism occurs. This is commonly referred to as an under-active thyroid and is the most common thyroid disorder.
Common Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
• Weight gain
• Cold intolerance
• Dry skin
• Hair dryness or hair loss
• Muscle cramps
• Menstrual irregularities (especially heavy menstrual periods)
The Thyroid Gland
The thyroid gland is a butterfly shaped gland, located at the front part of the throat just below the Adam's apple. It produces hormones that affect and regulate virtually every bodily activity. Thyroid hormones control metabolism and organ function, directly affecting weight loss or gain, energy levels, skin condition, memory, heart rate, cholesterol levels, menstrual regularity, memory as well as many other functions. If the thyroid gland is not working properly, a variety of possibly severe medical problems can result.
The good news is, if discovered and properly treated, a thyroid disorder can be controlled and the patient can lead a normal and active life.
TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) is a chemical substance produced by the pituitary gland that stimulates the thyroid gland to synthesize and release its own hormones into the bloodstream. When too much thyroid hormone is produced, a condition called hyperthyroidism will result, often referred to as an overactive thyroid. When not enough thyroid hormone is produced, a condition called hypothyroidism will result, often referred to as an under-active thyroid.
Because there are so many different health problems associated with either an under-active or overactive thyroid gland, it is essential that basic thyroid function be tested regularly. The easiest way to do this is by testing for TSH.
Healthpoint Science for Life Test Kit Directions
Fill out the form, collect the blood sample and drop into the nearest mailbox. The Healthpoint Science for Life TSH Test Kit comes with written directions to make the whole process simple. I'm a wimp for doing things like this, but the savings made me "buck-UP' and do my duty. It's simple and if I can do it, so can you!
I test my blood every three months to assess my TSH levels.
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