Read from our clients and how they were given the power to take their health into their own hands. As a result of having an accurate and comprehensive understanding of what’s going on inside their own body they were able to make the lifestyle changes needed to improve their health not only now, but in the future. After all, prevention is better than cure.
From autoimmune disease to pre-diabetes, liver issues to cholesterol, Vitamin D deficiency to muscle inflammation, we’ve seen it all. We help our clients discover the hidden things in their body that aren’t quite right. Doing this at the earliest possible stage lets you do something about it and improve your future health.
Olympic sailor? We might not all be athletes like Matt but like him, we all want to know we’re as healthy as possible. Matt turned to our health check packages to tackle a concern that had always lingered in the back of his mind. Would a family history of cancer impact on him in the future?
Returning to the ring for this European and Intercontinental WBO Featherweight champion meant nothing could be left to chance. Making sure he was in the best possible health was critical. Thanks to the programme, Marco found something which enabled him to get the best of his training.
I never used to give my health much thought. I rarely had any need to visit my GP. Playing rugby in the winter months and cricket during the summer, to try my best to maintain my fitness. However having recently heard about some tragic incidents such as that of Fabrice Muamba, I became more anxious about my health. Having my health check programme has given me peace of mind. Now knowing that I am fit and healthy and it has also given me pointers to get even better. I found out for example that I have low levels of Omega 3, which plays a crucial role in preventing heart disease. As an athlete, it is of course vitally important that I maintain a strong and healthy heart. It’s so empowering knowing exactly what I need to do to secure my health on the field.
I was a little nervous before I got my Randox Health programme. On the day of my health screen the staff were very welcoming and friendly. A week or so later when I got the results, my Randox Health GP gave me advice on how to improve them. I found out for example, that I had a deficiency in Vitamin D. This helps control the calcium and phosphate in our bodies and is needed for healthy bones and muscles. My Randox Health GP advised me to start taking a vitamin D supplement, so i did. When I had my 6 months retest the levels had greatly improved. Apparently, it’s quite common in Northern Ireland. It affects 2/5 people, that’s unsurprising given that our main source of Vitamin D is the sun! It feels good knowing I’ve chosen to protect my health and I’d recommend it to anyone.
A stressful job, a lack of exercise, an unhealthy diet and a family history of heart problems were the catalysts for me contacting Randox Health. My health check flagged up high cholesterol, high blood pressure and a rather concerning overall cardiovascular risk score. 25% risk of having a coronary event in the next ten years. I was given a Personal Health Plan with particular exercise and diet recommendations. Six months later I had reduced my overall cardiovascular risk score to 10%. I know that I can reduce this even further! I now have a very positive outlook for the future with the knowledge i now have of my health. Everyone with any worries should definitely consider taking the Randox Health Check!
I hadn’t had any symptoms so I was incredibly surprised to hear that I had an H. Pylori stomach infection. H. Pylori is a type of bacteria that infects the stomach and intestine, and is the most common cause of stomach ulcers. In turn it can lead to indigestion and heartburn, and additional problems including gastritis (inflammation of the stomach), and nutrient malabsorption, so I’m incredibly grateful that it was picked up before any further health problems ensued.
My results highlighted three main areas of concern; raised blood pressure, high BMI (body mass index) and unhealthy body fat distribution. I was no unduly surprised by these results, but the detailed screening supplied by Randox gave me a graphic illustration of the need to change. The impetus I was given by Randox resulted in me adopting real lifestyle changes and to date I have lost over three stone, my blood pressure has been reduced, by BMI is lower than it has ever been, and I feel great.
Prior to testing, I felt 100% with no complaints. Truth is, you can never really know for sure. I was surprise me to find out my liver enzymes aren’t at the level you would expect for a guy of my age. Basically my liver isn’t reacting to alcohol in the same way as other people – it doesn’t recuperate as well as it should. The good news is that I found out early. Knowing about this means I just cut back a bit and if that’s enough to keep me healthy, it’s not a hard choice!
I took the opportunity to offer my sister and mother Everywoman programmes for their upcoming birthdays. We all made a day out of the trip to Randox Health Clinic in Holywood. Due to my results, my Randox Health expert drew attention to my slightly raised cholesterol. Something which is genetic in my case, it was also highlighted in both my sister’s and mother’s results. We were given recommendations on how we can try and lower it together over the coming months. People often say that good health is something that can’t be bought. However, I think a Randox Health Check is a very worthwhile use of money. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone else.
Working in Garrys Barber Shop in Holywood, I’m aware that men don’t like to open up about their health. I’m trying to change that. That’s why I decided to have my Randox Health programme – to lead from the front. To let the men in the barber’s chair know that it’s ok to open up about their health. Allowing them to take control and to make positive changes in their life to secure their health. My results did flag up some issues. For example my Iron and Vitamin D levels were found to be low. This can cause fatigue and even impact on mental health. On the whole I was pleased to find out I was fit and healthy, and I’m taking supplements which will bring my Iron and Vit D back to a better level.
I was told that my cholesterol levels were through the roof, and that the Body Composition Analysis I had done had discovered I have very high levels of visceral fat, which is a ‘deep’ fat stored underneath the skin and invisible to the naked eye. I’m a solid build – a bit of a chunky monkey you might say! – so it was great to find out what’s on the inside and to have a comprehensive breakdown of how I’m made up. I also found out that I have irregular levels of the hunger-suppressing hormone leptin. Knowing that I need to improve my diet is one thing, but having all the different pieces of the jigsaw together – my visceral fat, my leptin, my cholesterol – gives me plenty of things to work on.
The health check was far more advanced than anything I’ve had before. I’ve learned that I’ve inherited a cholesterol condition which I’ll need to keep an eye on. As a result I may need to take medication to manage it if i dont keep lifestyle changes under control.
To me, getting a whole-body health screen makes so much sense. If I can find out something that’ll help me lead a healthier life for longer, then it’s worth it. I’d rather take action now and not get sick, than wait and have to deal with a far larger problem.
Not totally surprisingly, Randox told me that I had a deficiency in Vitamin D, as do a lot of people in our sun-deficient country. Also that despite my BMI not being where it should be, I’m 40% muscular which is pretty high for a female. Most importantly though, I’m not at any immediate risk of heart attack, stroke or cancer. Knowing these results has increased my happiness levels which in itself is extremely healthy! My energy levels and state of mind are the best they’ve been in a long time. I have a new-found determination to remain healthy by taking the preventative measures Randox has advised me to.
It’s great to see Randox Health sharing their message that people who want to improve and extend their life, can do so. I took their True Age Challenge during the Randox Health Grand National. It was proving immensely popular – hopefully showing that we’re ushering in a new era in how we view and manage our health. Rather than just waiting to get sick, more and more people are striving to take control of their health now. Making positive changes to secure their health in the future and to benefit it now.
I experienced symptoms of weight gain, fatigue, sluggishness and muscle weakness but put them down to a series of lifestyle changes. Due to poor diet and lack of exercise. However, that wasn’t the case at all. My health check revealed my thyroid hormones were extremely low, due to an underactive thyroid. This explained everything. I am now managing it through medication and really feel the difference. I have so much more energy than I did before. It’s a big relief that I caught this now – if it had gone on untreated, it could have had serious consequences.
When Sir AP McCoy came to us after a lifetime dedicated to becoming the world’s most successful jockey. He wanted to know how he could ensure his health for the future. When he learned he was showing signs of a serious chronic condition, he was relieved to know he had found out early enough to take steps to prevent it.
After receiving my results, I was very surprised! Having reported no symptoms i discovered that I have iron deficiency anaemia. It was never picked up before, but I’m so glad I now know. It could have caused long term damage. I’ve been on medication since to address it, and already my general wellbeing and quality of life have greatly improved. Watch Testimonials here.