Laboratory On The Finger Tips
Microbioz India|June 2017

A Revolution in healthcare.

Bhawana Jain

The surrounding and environment around us keep on changing and at times we may get exposed to a number of health issues. Obesity is one such problem which has now crawled into the lives of teenagers and young adults. Similarly, there are many other health related issues which have started to affect us. Whatever we try or do, we can’t be completely sure that the disease will not enter into our lives. However, by being cautious and by keeping a regular check on our health, we can prevent ourselves from any disease.

But with increasing family responsibilities and work which consume most of our time, there is just a short period of time left for ourselves. The pressure at work has taken a toll on our health. When health and fitness should be our topmost priority, we often forget to concentrate on it completely. The reason is our fast paced life that leaves us with little choice. But, in this world where we can get everything home delivered, a new change has welcomed by the healthcare industry as they have brought us the laboratory tests that can be performed at the convenience of our own homes. There are numerous benefits which these home-based laboratory tests offer us. The article discusses, in brief, some of the tests that can be performed in the comfort of our own homes and how these home based tests have brought the laboratory on our fingertips allowing us to monitor our health at periodic time intervals without wasting our precious time in commuting to and from to the clinic.

Common home-based tests and procedures Cholesterol Test: It is a quantitative test that measures the total amount of cholesterol present in the blood. Sometimes, the triglyceride measurement is also included in the test kit. It is done to assess the risk of heart disease. High cholesterol increases the risk of heart disease by clogging the blood vessels of the heart thus decreasing the oxygen supply to the heart.

Test Procedure: To perform the test, the finger is pricked with a lancet to get a drop of blood. Then the drop of blood is put on a piece of paper that contains special chemicals. The amount of color change in the paper indicates how much cholesterol is in present in the blood. In some testing kits, a small machine is used which tells how much cholesterol is there is in the sample.

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