How To Take Your GlycanAge Test
We want to ensure that you have all the information you need to make collecting and sending off your sample as simple as possible. As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to your dedicated Client Care specialist.
- What's in your test kit?
1× Blood collection card with desiccant
2× Sterile alcohol prep pads
2× Adhesive bandages
1× Plastic bag
1× Sterile gauze
1× Return envelope
This test is not intended for people who have received whole blood transfusions or gamma globulin blood derivatives within the last six months. If you are taking blood-thinning medications or if you have a blood clotting disorder, discuss the safety of this test with your healthcare provider.
GlycanAge is for 18+ age only.
GlycanAge is not recommended for individuals aged 18 or younger. This is due to the significant growth and developmental changes the body undergoes up to the age of 18. These natural processes can elevate chronic inflammation levels, potentially leading to unpredictable changes in GlycanAge.
- Special Consideration
Contraceptives or hormonal therapy: Pregnancy can affect your results, therefore we advise you to take this test upon reoccurrence of a normal menstrual cycle.
Medications: Different medications can affect your results. If you are taking any medications, please report it in your Dashboard Health Proﬁle.
Age: Currently, GlycanAge results range from a minimum of 20 years to a maximum of 80 years. If you are aged between 18 and 20 and receive a GlycanAge result of 20, this indicates an optimal result.
Before you begin:
- Review the "Limitations and Special Considerations" section above.
- Avoid excessive alcohol and high-fat meals for at least eight hours prior to blood collection. While these don't directly affect your results, they might compromise the quality of your blood sample.
- Lay out the GlycanAge kit components on a clean, dry, flat surface.
- Do not touch the filter paper on the blood collection card.
- Keep a plaster and clean tissue close by for immediate use.
- Tips for a smooth blood collection
- Relax Your Hand: Before collecting your blood sample, make sure your hand is warm and relaxed. Clench and unclench your fist several times to promote blood flow to the fingers.
- Stay hydrated: Drinking plenty of water makes collecting your blood sample easier.
- Warm-up: A hot shower or some quick physical activity, like jumping in place for a minute, facilitates easier blood sampling.
- Hang Arm Down: Before pricking your finger, let your arm hang by your side for a minute or two. This uses gravity to help increase blood flow to the fingertips.
- Choose the Right Finger: The ring finger and middle finger usually work best. Avoid using your thumb or pinky.
- Prick the Side: Instead of pricking the pad of your finger (directly under the nail), prick the side of the fingertip. This area usually produces blood more easily and is less sensitive.
Step 1: Prepare for collection
Wash your hands with soap and water, and dry them thoroughly. Set a plaster and gauze within easy reach.
Step 2: Prepare your finger
Rub your hands together briskly for 20-30 seconds to warm your fingers. Clean your chosen finger (preferably the middle or ring finger) with the alcohol swab and allow it to air dry.
Step 3: Collect the blood
Twist off the lancet's protective cap. Press the lancet firmly against the side of your fingertip to prick it. A drop of blood should appear shortly.
Step 4: Apply blood to the collection card
Let a drop of blood fall onto each circle on the collection card without touching it with your finger. Fill each circle, allowing a large drop to form before each application. Refrain from squeezing your finger excessively. If the blood flow stops, use a spare lancet to prick a different part of your finger.
- Mistakes to avoid when applying blood to the collection card
❌ Not all circles are filled
❌ Do not drip over the existing drop of blood & try to keep the drops within the circle
❌ Avoid touching the collection paper with your finger
✅ Well collected sample - all four circles are filled in with enough blood
- Send your sample back to us
Step 5: Drying your sample
After applying the blood, leave the collection card undisturbed in a well-ventilated area to air-dry for at least 2 hours. This ensures that your sample dries completely.
Step 6: Label your sample
Underneath your unique GlycanAge code, carefully write the date of the sample collection. It's important to use the day-month-year format, spelling out the month to avoid any confusion caused by varying international date formats. For example, write "05 June 2023" instead of "05/06/23". This detail is crucial for the accurate tracking and processing of your sample.
Step 7: Packaging your sample
Once dry, place your blood collection card and the desiccant back into the plastic bag provided. Seal the bag securely to protect your sample.
Step 8: Mail your sample
Place the blood collection card with the desiccant into the plastic bag provided. Seal the bag and put it into the return envelope. Dispatch the envelope on the same day via any postal service box, if possible.*
*If mailing on the same day isn't feasible, store your sample in the refrigerator or freezer. You can hold it there for a few days before posting.
Contact your dedicated Client Care specialist, Olivia on the details below:
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I take my first GlyanAge test?
The GlycanAge test is a simple finger prick test - please see a "how to guide" here.
Don’t worry, the test should only take 3-5 minutes.
Can I take less than 4 supplements in the morning and evening?
No, 4 morning softgels and 4 night softgels are required in order to complete the #FeelGoodStudy accurately. The required dosage ensures that you get all of the key nutrients you need, when you need them, to help you look and feel your absolute best.
What should I do if I miss a dose of my Morning & Night supplements?
If you’ve missed a dose or two of your Morning & Night supplements don’t worry, just resume taking your morning supplements in the morning and your evening supplements in the evening as normal. There is no need to double-up on how many supplements you take to make up for it. If you’ve missed more than 2 full days of supplements (morning & night) then please reach out to your Client Care specialist and they will be able to advise.
How long does it take to receive my results?
3-5 weeks after the study is completed you will receive your full report via a personalised consultation with one of GlycanAge's specialist consultants.
It takes this long because GlycanAge run multiple tests on your sample to ensure the most accurate measure of biological age available.
How will my results be shared/used?
Your report may be published in a medical journal but you will remain completely anonymous.
The health and happiness questionnaire results may also be used for marketing purposes but again, you will remain anonymous with non of your private information accessible to the public.
Can I buy more Lumity Morning & Night when the study is finished?
Yes, once the study is complete, you will be able to buy our award-winning Morning & Night supplement at an exclusive lifetime 20% discount.