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This at-home test analyses 8 important blood values to give you an overview of your health and to highlight any risk factors. These blood values are not part of a standard blood test administered by your physician.

  • Laboratory analysis of your blood values
  • Easy-to-understand test results
  • Nutrition recommendations based on your results

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: Seeing the doctor always felt like a bit of a waste of my precious time. I wanted to understand my own body on my terms, and know how best to take care of myself.

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Seeing the doctor always felt like a bit of a waste of my precious time. I wanted to understand my own body on my terms, and know how best to take care of myself.
Kris (36, PR executive)
Seeing the doctor always felt like a bit of a waste of my precious time. I wanted to understand my own body on my terms, and know how best to take care of myself.
Kris (36, PR executive)

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What's tested?

Cardiovascular

Inflammation

Metabolism & Energy

Bone & Muscle

Cardiovascular

Function

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. Biomarkers for cholesterol and triglycerides are indicators of the long-term risk for developing diseases such as heart attack and stroke. A healthy blood lipid profile is important for cardiovascular health, and reflect diet, exercise and various lifestyle choices.

Biomarkers tested by myPrävention

  • LDL-Cholesterol
  • HDL-Cholesterol
  • t-Cholesterol
  • Triglyceride

LDL (low-density lipoprotein) is a particle that transports cholesterol in the blood, and cholesterol is needed for building cells. LDL-cholesterol is referred to as "bad" cholesterol since in excess it can build up in the walls of arteries and increase the risk of heart disease.

HDL (high-density lipoprotein) brings excess cholesterol in the blood and organs back to the liver, where it can be recycled. Good HDL-cholesterol levels reflect your healthy lifestyle choices in diet and fitness.

Cholesterol plays a vital role as a component of every cell in your body and a building block of many hormones. Normal cholesterol levels are important for energy levels, metabolism and heart and blood vessel health. "t" refers to total measured cholesterol, and high levels put you at risk of cardiovascular disease.

Your body stores much of its energy as triglyceride and breaks it down again for energy. Triglyceride levels show the state of your energy stores, and high levels are a good sign that you should change your calorie intake.

Inflammation

Function

Inflammation is your immune system's response to irritation or infection. Inflammation occurs because our bodies are trying to set repair processes in motion so that promote healing. Inflammation is extremely wide-ranged and appears in a variety of forms. However, increased levels of inflammation over extended periods of time is linked to an increase in cardiovascular disease risk.

Biomarkers tested by myPrävention

  • hs-CRP
  • Omega 6/3 ratio

C-reactive protein (CRP) is produced in the body in response to inflammation, i.e. tissue injury or infection. High-sensitivity CRP (hs-CRP) measures chronic, low-level inflammation and high levels are a risk factor for cardiovascular disease

Your body requires a balanced amount of omega-3 fatty acids in relation to omega-6 fatty acids. A high omega 6/3 ratio increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes.

Metabolism & Energy

Function

Metabolism refers to the collection of reactions that the cells in our bodies perform to stay alive. It is the way our bodies consume oxygen and nutrients. Sleep, diet and exercise affect your metabolism, and it is especially important for your energy levels and maintaining a healthy body weight.

Biomarkers tested by myPrävention

  • HbA1c
  • Ferritin

HbA1c is a type of hemoglobin in red blood cells that binds to sugar. It can tell you your average level of blood sugar over the past 2 to 3 months, and high levels are a warning for diabetes risk.

Ferritin levels reflect your body's iron storage. Iron is important for many of your body's enyzmes, and especially for oxygen transport. Low iron may lead to low energy, weakness, reduced performance and concentration.

Bone & Muscle

Function

Your bone and muscle health is important for your strength, endurance and reduced risk of fracture or injury. Your hormones and diet are crucial for developing muscle strength and maintaining strong bones. Your bones and muscle require more care with age, since hormone production and nutrient absorption decreases in both men and women.

Biomarkers tested by myPrävention

  • Vitamin D

Vitamin D is vital for your bone health, and regulates your body's use of calcium and phosphate. Low vitamin D levels can impact your brain, pancreas, insulin production, muscles, cardiovascular system, energy levels and immune system.

Science partners

Dr. Fooke Laboratorien GmbH
MRI Max Rubner-Institut
ESG
Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln

Frequently asked questions

Who should take this test?
We recommend this test:
- If you want to take charge of your health and proactively prevent illness
- If you want to better understand your body and how to keep it sustainably in its best shape
- If a balanced diet, personalized to your needs, is important to you
- If you're tired of blindly taking supplements without being sure they're right for your body.
What symptoms does it address?
Common indicators of non-optimal levels and deficiencies of the blood values covered by this test include:
- weak immune system
- reduced nerve function and reflexes
- change of skin quality
- hair loss
- wounds slow to heal
- weak muscles
- abnormal blood clotting
- irregular heart rhythm
- high blood pressure
- high blood sugar
- higher tendency towards infection
- loss of energy
- memory problems
How does it work?
After your test kit arrives in the mail - around 2-3 days after completing your order - you'll take a few drops of blood from your fingertip and send us the sample in a postage pre-paid envelope. When our certified lab partner has completed the analysis - around 2 weeks - you'll receive an email with a link to a profile with your results. In your profile, you'll also find personalised nutrition and lifestyle recommendations.
What does it test?
We analyse your blood values and determine whether your values are in their optimal ranges. Having values in these optimal ranges is the key to reaching peak health and performance. If a value is not optimal, we provide concrete nutrition and lifestyle recommendations to get you where your body needs to be.
What kind of results and recommendations will I get?
Our science team - consisting of molecular biologists, nutrition scientists, and doctors - maintains world-class algorithms for nutrition and lifestyle recommendations based on your blood values. Our recommendation engine delivers you the specific recommendations needed to improve your blood values and, more importantly, your health.
Why should healthy people do a blood test?
Blood values are not only important for early detection and prevention of risk factors and health problems. They can also show unexpected and less obvious deficiencies affecting performance and quality of daily life. The human body changes as it ages - therefore regular testing of blood values is strongly recommended.
Why should I pay for a blood test if I can get one for free from the doctor?
Lykon is not a replacement for a visit to the doctor. The blood tests done by your doctor are an absolute necessity for acute problems. However, besides the clinical blood values analysed by your doctor, there are a multitude of other parameters which are crucial for your health but not tested by your doctor. For example, Lykon tests the concentration of vitamins, mineral levels, and amino and fatty acids in your blood. Our recommendations - developed by our health experts - can never take the place of a doctor's advice, but can help you improve for instance your vitamin levels. In addition, the doctor compares your blood values with norm values for the population as a whole. As much of the population suffers from various deficiencies, much of the prescriptive power of these tests is lost. Lykon works with medical studies to define the optimal values for you, to help you achieve your maximum. Blood tests with this scope are not offered free of charge by your doctor - of course, there are tests for a more limited range of blood values which are not supported by public health insurance, but are nonetheless available from your doctor.
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