The Benefit of Men's Health Check Blood Tests

Men are prone to certain medical conditions that can occur due to many reasons such as: family history, diet, stress, and the use of drugs & alcohol. In order evaluate the early symptoms of disease, monitor overall health, and understand personal health risks.

Men of all ages in Australia must undergo regular screenings tests. Taking proactive steps to prioritise health can lead to a longer, healthier life.

At-home blood testing offers men the convenience and comfort by allowing sample collection without leaving home, thus reducing infection risks, and easing anxieties. If possible, consider choosing tests that assess multiple aspects of your health. When choosing between tests, prioritise tests that contribute to preventive care and early detection of high risk diseases and age-related health concerns.

Regular performance checks are crucial for men for several reasons:

  1. Early Detection of Health Issues: Regular check-ups help in early detection of health problems such as elevated blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, and certain cancers. Detecting these conditions early can steer towards better outcomes and more effective treatment options.
  2. Preventive Care: Blood tests can identify risk factors for various diseases, allowing men to take preventive measures such as lifestyle changes or medications to reduce their risk.
  3. Monitoring Overall Health: Blood tests provide valuable information about various aspects of health including cholesterol levels, blood sugar levels, kidney function, liver function, and more. Monitoring these parameters regularly can help men track their overall health status and take necessary actions to maintain or improve it.
  4. Understanding Personal Health Risks: Different individuals have different health risks based on factors such as family history, lifestyle, and genetic predispositions. Regular health check-ups, including blood tests, can help men understand their personal health risks and take proactive steps to manage them.
  5. Promoting Longevity and Well-being: By identifying and managing health issues early, men can potentially extend their lifespan and improve their quality of life. Regular health check-ups can also help men stay informed and empowered about their health, leading to better overall well-being and improved mental health.

Increased Risk Factors for Men:

By monitoring these various health markers through regular blood testing and addressing any abnormalities promptly, men can take proactive steps to reduce their risk of developing these health conditions and improve their overall health and well-being.

  1. Cardiovascular Disease: Elevated lipid levels (identified through lipid profile tests), high blood pressure (assessed through general biochemistry), and abnormalities in glucose metabolism (evaluated by HbA1c and general biochemistry) are significant risk factors for cardiovascular diseases like heart attacks or stroke.
  2. Liver Disease: Abnormal liver function test (LFT) can indicate liver damage or disease, which may result from factors such as excessive alcohol consumption, viral hepatitis, fatty liver disease, or certain medications.
  3. Kidney Disease: Abnormal kidney function tests (evaluated through kidney function tests) may indicate kidney damage or dysfunction, which can be caused by conditions like diabetes, or kidney infections.
  4. Diabetes: Elevated levels of glucose (measured through general biochemistry and HbA1c) may indicate diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance, increasing the risk of complications such as heart disease, kidney disease, nerve damage, and vision problems.
  5. Hormonal Imbalances: Abnormal levels of testosterone, SHBG, FSH/LH, prolactin, and estradiol can impact reproductive health, sexual function, mood regulation, bone density, and muscle mass, contributing to conditions like hypogonadism, infertility, and osteoporosis.
  6. Anemia and Iron Deficiency: Abnormalities in iron studies and full blood count (FBC) may indicate anemia or iron deficiency, which can lead to symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, and impaired immune function.
  7. Prostate Issues: Elevated levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) may indicate prostate problems such as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or prostate cancer, which are common concerns in aging men.
  8. Vitamin D Deficiency: Low levels of vitamin D (assessed through vitamin D testing) can increase the risk of bone fractures, muscle weakness, and certain chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease and certain cancers.

Available Health Checks for Men in Australia:

Let's break down the blood tests and their benefits for men

  1. Liver Function Tests (LFTs):
    • Measures markers of liver health, including enzymes like ALT, AST, and ALP, as well as bilirubin and albumin levels.
    • Benefits: Detects liver diseases or damage, such as hepatitis or fatty liver, and guides treatment.
  2. Kidney Function Tests:
    • Evaluates kidney health through tests like creatinine and blood urea nitrogen (BUN).
    • Benefits: Identifies related diseases or dysfunction, helping to prevent complications like failure.
  3. Lipid Profile Test:
    • Assesses cholesterol levels, including total cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, and triglycerides.
    • Benefits: Determines cardiovascular disease risk and guides lifestyle changes or medication use to improve heart health.
  4. General Biochemistry and Glucose:
    • Includes tests for glucose and other metabolic markers.
    • Benefits: Detects diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance, enabling early intervention to prevent complications like heart disease and nerve damage.
  5. Testosterone (Free and Total):
    • Measures levels of testosterone, a hormone crucial for male reproductive health, muscle mass, and bone density.
    • Benefits: Helps diagnose conditions like hypogonadism and guides treatment to improve overall well-being.
  6. Microscopic Urinalysis (MSU) and Albumin-to-Creatinine Ratio (ACR):
    • Assesses urinary health by examining urine sediment and measuring albumin-to-creatinine ratio.
    • Benefits: Detects kidney damage or disease and guides management to prevent progression.
  7. Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA):
    • Measures PSA levels in the blood, which can indicate prostate problems like BPH or prostate cancer.
    • Benefits: Aids in early detection of prostate cancer, facilitating timely treatment and improving outcomes. Prostate cancer screening is an example of necessary test as an aging man.
  8. Vitamin D:
    • Measures levels of vitamin D in the blood, essential for bone health, immune function, and overall well-being.
    • Benefits: Identifies vitamin D deficiency, guiding supplementation to prevent bone fractures and other complications.
  9. Iron Studies:
    • Assesses iron levels and related markers like ferritin and transferrin.
    • Benefits: Detects iron deficiency or overload, guiding treatment to prevent anemia or organ damage.
  10. Full Blood Count (FBC) and Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR):
    • Measures various components of the blood and inflammation levels.
    • Benefits: Detects anemia, infections, and inflammatory conditions, guiding diagnosis and treatment.
  11. HbA1c:
    • Measures average blood sugar levels over the past 2-3 months
    • Benefits: Aiding in diabetes diagnosis and management.
  12. Sex Hormone-Binding Globulin (SHBG), Follicle-Stimulating Hormone (FSH), Luteinizing Hormone (LH), Prolactin, Estradiol:
    • Assess hormonal balance and reproductive health.
    • Benefits: Detects hormonal imbalances, guiding diagnosis and treatment for conditions like infertility or erectile dysfunction.

These blood tests collectively provide comprehensive information about various aspects of men's health, enabling early detection, prevention, and management of a wide range of conditions, thus promoting overall well-being and longevity.

Frequently asked 

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Why should I order my blood test online?

  1. Convenience: Home blood testing offers convenience as individuals can collect their blood sample from the comfort of their own home, or office, eliminating the need to travel to a healthcare facility and wait for an appointment.

  2. Privacy: Some men may feel more comfortable conducting health tests in the privacy of their own home rather than in a clinical setting.

  3. Time-saving: Home blood tests can save time by avoiding the need to schedule appointments, travel to a clinic, and wait for a healthcare provider.

  4. Accessibility: For individuals who have difficulty accessing healthcare facilities due to mobility issues, transportation challenges, or living in remote areas, home blood testing provides a convenient option for monitoring their health.

  5. Routine Monitoring: Home blood testing allows for more frequent and convenient monitoring of certain health parameters, which can be particularly beneficial for individuals managing chronic conditions or undergoing specific treatments.

  6. Control: Some individuals prefer to take control of their health monitoring process and may feel empowered by being able to perform blood tests at home.

  7. Cost: In some cases, home blood testing kits may be more cost-effective compared to traditional laboratory testing, especially if insurance coverage is limited.

Can I start with a general health check?

Yes, however choosing one of the men's check up options allows for a more tailored and comprehensive assessment of men's health needs, addressing specific concerns and risks relevant to men's health and well-being.

Why should I get a men's health check?

Performance tests offer additional hormone tests such as Prolactin and E2 (Estradiol) that play roles in various aspects of reproductive health and overall well-being. The benefit of obtaining the extended male performance check is comprehensive assessment of organ function, lipid profile, glucose metabolism, iron levels, hormone status including testosterone, and reproductive health markers, aiding in early detection, prevention, and management of various health conditions in men.

Are these test completely confidential?

Yes, your results are reviewed by our GP and sent to you securely through email. If action is required our GP will be in contact with you.

How accurate are my results?

To ensure the accuracy of results, Express Pathology conducts all testing in NATA-accredited pathology laboratories in Australia. Our sound security procedures guarantee all client files and testing records remain safe and confidential.