Order Lab Tests Online: Diabetes, Heart, Liver, and More

Article written and reviewed by Jamie Koonce, DACM, L.Ac, Dipl.OM
Published December 6, 2018

As you probably know by now, it’s extremely important to track important biomarkers that can help you understand how your metabolic health is changing over the course of time.

In today’s world, the way to do that is to get routine lab tests to routinely check the health of many tissues, including your heart, liver, kidneys, and thyroid gland to name a few.

Doing so helps you measure and track how well you’re managing diabetes, and it allows you to routinely check for chronic inflammation.

As we showed you in the Insulin Resistance Checklist, tracking your metabolic health over the course of time requires that you monitor multiple biomarkers, rather than measuring only your A1c, blood pressure, or cholesterol in isolation of other biomarkers.

But let’s face it. Getting blood tests can be a royal pain in the butt, especially if you don’t have health insurance or have an active relationship with a primary care physician.

If You Have a Doctor

If you do have a doctor, the sequence of events often looks like this:

  • You call your doctor to make an appointment, get put on hold for 10 minutes, and then finally speak to an assistant who tells you that the next available appointment is a minimum of 2 weeks from now, and as much as 3 months from now.
  • On the day of your appointment, you take time off from work in order to visit the doctor.
  • You sit in the waiting room while doing your best to make a speedy return to work.
  • The doctor sees you for approximately 10 minutes and then sends you to the phlebotomy lab to collect urine and/or multiple vials of blood.
  • You return to normal life, then wait about 1-2 weeks for your lab results.

If You Prefer Outside Lab Testing

If you prefer to visit an outside lab testing facility, then the sequence of events often looks like this:

  • You visit Dr. Google and search for the term lab tests online.
  • You click through the search results one-by-one to find either a company that can send a blood testing kit to your house or a company that will allow you to visit a local lab.
  • You discover that some of the companies actually require the approval of your doctor.
  • You call your doctor’s office and ask them to order your tests at a local lab testing facility with limited success.
  • If you are successful, you print out a requisition form and bring it to a walk-in lab testing facility.
  • A phlebotomist then collects urine and/or multiple vials of blood.
  • You wait up to 1 week to receive your results via email.

Regardless of which situation pertains to you, waiting for an appointment, sitting in a waiting room, and then having your blood drawn from a needle in your arm can be a real hassle.

In addition, it’s not uncommon to have to wait for weeks to get an appointment for a routine check-up, which can make it difficult to track important biomarkers on a defined schedule.

Introducing LetsGetChecked.com For Ordering At-Home Lab Tests Online

When you already know which routine lab tests to order, you can save a tremendous amount of time and hassle by simply ordering your lab tests online.

But finding a reputable company that offers the lab tests you want can be quite tedious, because not all companies offer the same array of tests, and many companies don’t sell lab tests directly to consumers.

We have personally tried ordering lab tests online from a number of different companies and found the process unusually challenging and unnecessarily frustrating.

Most of them require going to a local lab testing facility to meet with a phlebotomist. It’s slightly more convenient than going to a doctor’s office, but still not an ideal solution. And if you’re squeamish about having your blood drawn, then this process is not very fun at all.

We ordered lab tests online from a handful of companies that offer at-home lab testing and found a company that offers lab tests online, sends you an affordable at-home test kit that and gives you fast, accurate results – LetsGetChecked.

LetsGetChecked.com offers all the standard routine blood tests that we recommend in our coaching program:

  • A lipid panel that includes your total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, triglycerides, and HDL%
  • A thyroid test that includes free thyroxine (FT4), free triiodothyronine (FT3), and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH)
  • A thyroid antibody test that includes everything in the thyroid test plus thyroglobulin antibodies (TGAB) and thyroid peroxidase antibodies (TPO/TPEX)
  • A hemoglobin A1c test
  • A kidney test that includes urea, creatinine, and an estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR)
  • A serum vitamin B12 test
  • A serum vitamin D test
  • A C-reactive protein test to test for total body inflammation
  • A liver panel that includes total protein, albumin, globulin, bilirubin, alkaline phosphatase (ALP), gamma GT, and alanine transferase (ALT)

The process of ordering lab tests online from LetsGetChecked is seamless and involves 5 simple steps:

  • Step 1: Click here to visit their website and choose the lab tests you want.
  • Step 2: After you receive your test kit in the mail, activate your test kit on their website.
  • Step 3: Collect your sample in the comfort of your own home by collecting a few drops of blood from your fingertips using the supplies provided in the test kit. Instructions are included in the kit, and there are helpful videos on their website that show you exactly how to collect your sample.
  • Step 4: Mail your box back to the company using the supplied prepaid return envelope as soon as possible.
  • Step 5: You’ll receive an email when your test results are ready, and then you can login to your account on their website to see your results.

When it’s time to check your results, you’ll see your results displayed in a beautifully designed manner, on your secure user account portal. You’ll also receive a call from their nursing team to talk you through your results.

In addition to the essentials (affordable pricing, at-home test kits, fast results), LetsGetChecked also offers some bells-and-whistles that make your whole experience simply outstanding.

  • When you order any test online you don’t require the involvement of your doctor, because they have in-house doctors who actually order the test for you.
  • With one click, you can request to speak with a nurse on the phone. The nursing team is very responsive to answering the phone and helping you.
  • If you use wearables (such as a Garmin watch), you can connect them to your online health dashboard so you can see the data from your wearables alongside your blood test results.
  • If you are in a hurry to get your test results and want to get your hands on your test kit today, you can go into one of their selected pharmacies and purchase a test directly.

We are extremely happy to be in partnership with LetsGetChecked, and hope that you find their online lab testing procedure as slick as we did.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact them directly – their customer support is fantastic and their company wants to make this process as easy, affordable, and painless as possible.

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About the author 

Jamie Koonce, DACM, L.Ac, Dipl.OM

Jamie Koonce, DACM, L.Ac, Dipl.OM is the Digital Content Manager at Mastering Diabetes. She holds a Doctorate degree in Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology & Anthropology from Hendrix College, and Certification in Plant-Based Nutrition through eCornell. Jamie has been enjoying a plant-based lifestyle since 1999. In addition to writing at Mastering Diabetes, she teaches continuing education courses to other health professionals on the science behind a low-fat, plant-based, whole-food lifestyle for specific medical conditions.