Medichecks UK aim to give the insights that you require to manage your health. They have over 600 different tests (mainly blood) that are available to their customers.
These tests are posted out for you to complete from home and they provide easy-to-understand results, with comments from qualified clinicians. They sell thousands of different tests per year, a lot of which are for individual markers that impact testosterone production like vitamin D.
There also Medicheck blood tests for testosterone levels as a whole; and testosterone replacement therapy/ steroid progress checks. Medichecks UK also sell a number of complete wellness checks, these are to screen for things like diabetes, heart disease risk, your hormone status and more.
They also provide tests for sports men and women, people struggling to lose weight or those that have lost their “get-up-and-go”; and for those that just want the peace of mind a comprehensive health check can bring.
The above is just a small flavour of the medicheck blood tests available and their wider range of tests. In short they offer a very large range of affordable, accurate and 100% confidential blood and health checks.
These empower you with the information to take charge of your health. You are in good hands with Medichecks UK, they have an excellent customer satisfaction rating, including from independent sites like Feefo.
All Medicheck blood tests & testing kits will arrive to you with a prepaid first class envelope, this is so you can post your sample to their laboratory.
The testing kit comes with specific & easy to follow instructions, on how to collect your sample and how long after collecting that the sample you needs to be post out.
If you aren’t confident or unable to take your blood sample, Medichecks have partner clinics you can attend where your samples can be taken for you. They can also arrange for nurses to make a home visit and assist take your sample from home.
They may also request info about your current health status & family medical history, this assists Medichecks to interpret your results as accurately as possible.
Once the lab have received and processed your sample, the results are posted on your secure personal dashboard at mymedichecks.com. Again, you can view at a glance what your results are; and whether they sit within the normal range or at advised levels.
You also get the added advantage of doctors notes/ comments accompanying abnormal results or where comment is necessary; along with advice of what your next potential course of action should be.
So you have an overview of the Medichecks UK service itself, lets take a look at the specific medicheck blood tests that relate to your testosterone production & health.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin. Many people refer to it as the ‘sunshine vitamin’ due to most vitamin D being produced via exposure to the sun. Vitamin D is responsible for a number of functions in the body, it helps protect against disease including cancer and immune disorders.
It controls the absorption of calcium and phosphate by the body, it is vital for keeping bones and teeth healthy. The active form of Vitamin D functions as a steroid hormone in the body, this is why it is believed to boost testosterone levels and sperm quality.
There have been studies conducted in to the effect of Vitamin D on testosterone production. One year long study, found that men who supplemented with Vitamin D saw approximately a 20% increase in testosterone. So you can see why it is important having healthy vitamin D levels as far as testosterone production is concerned.
Vitamin D deficiency is extremely common, particularly if you live in the UK. The odds of being deficient or the extremity to which you are deficient increases if you have a darker complexion/ skin and if you’re over 65.
The process for this blood test, is the same as the other Medicheck Blood Tests. If you need help with taking the blood, this can be organised. The standard turn around for these blood tests is two days!
Vitamin B12 (holotranscobalamin), is essential for the production of healthy nerves, red blood cells (which carry oxygen around the body) and DNA. Around 70% of your vitamin B12 is bound to carrier proteins in the blood.
What this test measures for is the amount of unbound/ active B12 available for cells to utilise. Low levels of vitamin B12 can cause anaemia, this is associated with symptoms such as a lack of energy and fatigue.
Vitamin B12 is also important for your metabolism, your nervous system and prolonged deficiency of vitamin B12 can potentially cause nerve damage, so serious stuff!
From a testosterone production perspective, Vitamin B12 supports and improves the overall health of the testes. The Leydig cells which are found in the testes are actually responsible testosterone production.
So having healthy B12 levels helps boost testosterone, due to enabling your testes to perform at a higher level/ their optimum. Vitamin B12 deficiency is most commonly seen in vegans, vegetarians and those who have a low amount of meat and meat products in their diet. The older you get the more likely you are to have absorption issues as well, which can also lead to b12 deficiency.
Much like Vitamin D & the Vitamin B12 test has the same process as the other Medicheck Blood Tests. You can be assisted with collecting your blood sample if necessary and the standard turn around for these blood tests is two days.
Vitamin B6 known as pyridoxine, is a water-soluble vitamin which aids with brain functioning, the body converting proteins to energy and the immune system producing antibodies.
Vitamin B6 helps the body maintaining normal nerve functioning, forming red blood cells and the body uses it to help break down proteins. Vitamin B6 also helps the body make neurotransmitters to carry signals between cells, this is important for controlling homocysteine levels, brain function, hormone production, red cell production and the immune system.
In terms of testosterone production, having sufficient levels of vitamin B6 helps boost testosterone production by promoting androgens, it metabolizes estrogen, improving your testosterone to estrogen levels. B6 lowers the hormone prolactin, high prolactin levels lower T and are often the cause of “man boobs/ moobs”.
Finally it helps prevent aromatization of testosterone enabling more available testosterone and promotes the cell’s responsiveness to sex hormones. All of this helps boost testosterone production and levels!
Both having an excess of vitamin B6 & being deficient in B6 come with their own health issues. High levels of vitamin B6 can lead to neurological disorders & numbness. Deficiency of vitamin B6 can lead to the development mouth and tongue sores, feelings of depression, irritability and confusion.
Deficiency, can also cause muscle weakness and, short term memory loss and concentration difficulties. You are like to suffer from elevated vitamin B6 due to over-supplementation and low levels are likely to come about if you are vegetarian/ vegan or have a diet low in meat & fish.
The Vitamin B6 blood test has the same process as the other Medicheck blood tests covered in this article. You can get the same support with sample collection if required. The standard turn around for these are a bit longer than the other two we’ve covered to date is six days.
Vitamin C is a common vitamin that most people are aware you need and most people are aware what the sources are. It has multiple health benefits, with one of the periphery benefits being it can help boost testosterone production.
We will cover this in greater detail a bit later. Vitamin C; also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin essential for normal functioning of the body. It is essential for the growth and repair of body tissues. It helps with the creation of tendons, ligaments, collagen, cartilage and blood vessels.
Vitamin C is also essential for healing wounds, repairing and maintaining teeth & bones. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, so it blocks some damage caused by free radicals, which occur naturally when our bodies transform food into energy.
The blocking of free radicals and reducing inflammation is how vitamin C helps boost testosterone production and helps combat many serious health conditions like heart disease, arthritis and cancer.
Deficiency of vitamin C is associated with multiple conditions, this includes stroke, some forms of cancers, high blood pressure, gallbladder disease. In my experience getting enough Vitamin C in your diet should be pretty easy!
I thought it was still worth including in this article, as levels do impact testosterone production. The side effects of low levels are really quite serious, so it may be something people are interested in getting tested.
This test is worth mentioning, it measures your levels of B vitamins, vitamin D, Zinc, Magnesium & Iron stores. All of these have an impact on testosterone production, while it isn’t as in depth as the individual medicheck blood tests for vitamins we’ve covered in this article.
This test is pretty good value for money; as you get several things tested for a similar price to one vitamin/ mineral test. If you feel there may be potentially something wrong; but you’re not sure that it is a deficiency in a specific vitamin/ mineral, this test may be a good place to start.
It will help you to get a general idea of your nutrition & fitness levels & focus in from there what is potentially impacting your testosterone levels and wider health.
Other Medicheck Blood Tests Related To Testosterone Production
There are other vitamins that boost testosterone production, that Medichecks UK offer testing for. Such as Vitamin K and multiple other B vitamins. I’ve included the tests that I feel that Medichecks do best and you are most likely to either have a deficiency in or potentially an excess of.
Medichecks UK provide home testosterone tests, which monitor your testosterone levels as a whole. I’ve published an article reviewing this service from Medichecks UK, which you can check out below.
Medichecks UK also provide a test for TRT checks, this is designed for if you are on testosterone replacement therapy or steroids. It is designed to keep track of your critical health markers. You can find out more about this in an article I published below.
If you have any questions in regard to this article, what Medichecks UK offer, how the Medicheck blood tests work; or in regard to why you should consider blood tests as a whole, just drop me a comment below and I’ll get back to you.
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