BASIC HEALTH

INFORMATION

The basic health check is the place to begin building up a picture of your health over time. It looks at key biomarkers for liver and kidney condition,  HBA1C for diabetes and also tests for bone health, gout and iron.

WHO IS THIS TEST FOR?

The basic health check is ideal for those who are interested in finding their baseline levels, It is recommended to use this test at regular intervals for continued monitoring to confirm consistency in the readings

WHAT NEXT?

If you have any results out of the normal range we recommend you consult a doctor just to be sure that everything is ok.

FINGER PRICK PACK

We will post out to you a finger prick sample pack; it will have all you need to take your sample including instructions of how to take the sample and an envelope to return it to the Lab.

If you are nervous or unsure about anything please contact us and we will do our best to help.

We always recommend taking your sample in the morning and getting to the post office the same day.

POSTAGE

Your kit will have a self-addressed envelope enclosed to return the sample by 1st class post, if you are unsure of the level of service in your area you may wish to upgrade to a guaranteed next day service.

THE LAB

Your blood sample will be analysed at the accredited doctor’s laboratory in London. They are very professional and quick to upload the data; your results should be ready the same day they are tested.

RESULTS

Once your results are uploaded on your bespoke platform we will let you know our thoughts on the results of your test and offer information about having a consultation with the doctor if necessary.

Test Included

KIDNEY FUNCTION

Urea is a waste product it is produced as your body digests protein and is carried by the blood to your kidneys, which filter the urea out of the blood and into urine.
This test looks at how well your kidneys are functioning.

High urea levels suggest poor kidney function. This may be due to acute or chronic kidney disease. However, there are many things besides kidney disease that can affect urea levels such as stress, recent heart attack or severe burns; bleeding from the gastrointestinal tract; conditions that cause obstruction of urine flow or dehydration.

Low urea levels are not common and are not usually a cause for concern. They can be with low protein diets, excess hydration malnutrition or liver failure. Low urea levels are also seen in normal pregnancy.

Creatinine is a chemical byproduct molecule generated from muscle metabolism.
Measuring Creatinine is an accurate marker of your kidney function.

Higher than usual levels of Creatinine can be caused by a high intake of Creatinine supplements, animal protein and vigorous exercise however it can also mean that your kidneys are not functioning properly.

Lower Creatinine levels can usually be caused by a reduction in muscle mass, low protein diet. It can also be an indication that your kidneys are not functioning correctly.

Sodium is an electrolyte and a mineral. Sodium regulates the water and electrolyte balance of your body it is important in the operation of nerves and muscles. Sodium levels in your blood are regulated by your kidneys.

Excessive amounts of sodium found in your blood are often caused by dehydration however it can also indicate that your kidneys are not functioning properly.

Much lower sodium levels are caused by fluid retention or it can also be low due to vomiting, excessive sweating or diarrhea.

EGFR – this is a calculation created using your

eGFR (estimated glomerular filtration rate) is a measure of how well your kidneys are working.

Your eGFR is an estimated number based on your Other Kidney markers, your age & sex,

LIVER FUNCTION

Bilirubin is a yellow pigment that’s in everyone’s blood and stool. Sometimes the liver can’t process the bilirubin in the body. This can be due to an excess of bilirubin, an obstruction, or inflammation of the liver. When your body has too much bilirubin, In both adults and children, symptoms related to high bilirubin can involve jaundice, a yellowing of the skin or eyes, fatigue, itchy skin, dark urine, and low appetite.

An alkaline phosphatase level test (ALP test) measures the amount of alkaline phosphatase enzyme in your bloodstream

Alanine transferase (ALT) is an enzyme which is produced by the liver and can indicate liver damage caused by alcohol, drugs or viruses (hepatitis). Small amounts of ALT are normal, but raised levels may indicate that your liver is inflamed.

Elevated levels of ALT can also be caused by recent vigorous exercise.

Creatine kinase (CK) is an enzyme chiefly found in the brain, skeletal muscles, and heart. An elevated level of creatine kinase is seen in heart attacks, when the heart muscle is damaged, or in conditions that produce damage to the skeletal muscles or brain.

The level of Creatine Kinase in the blood is measured to assess muscle damage – it can rise very quickly after muscle trauma, but will begin to lower as the damage is repaired. If Creatine Kinase continues to rise it indicates that muscle damage is not being repaired.

Gamma-glytamyl transpeptidase (GGT) is an enzyme which is found in hepatocytes and biliary epithelial cells. GGT may be high in liver disease. Gamma GT is also used to diagnose alcohol abuse as it is raised in 75% of long term drinkers.

PROTEINS

Total Protein shows us the sum of albumin and globulin. It is more important to know which protein fraction is higher or lower than what the measure of total protein is.

Albumin is mostly made in your liver and helps to keep the blood from leaking out of blood vessels. It also helps carry medicines through the blood and is important for tissue growth and healing.

Lower albumin levels may be an indication of a liver disease and can also be an indication of chronic ill-health, malnutrition and inflammation. It can also occur in kidney conditions such as nephrotic syndrome and diabetes.

higher levels are usually caused by dehydration.

Globulin is made up of different proteins and is made by the liver and the immune system. Certain globulins will bind with haemoglobin while others globulins will carry iron in the blood and help fight infection.

GOUT

Uric acid is a waste product from the digestion of protein. High uric acid level occurs when your kidneys don’t eliminate uric acid efficiently. Things that may cause this slow-down in the removal of uric acid include rich foods, being overweight, having diabetes, taking certain diuretics (sometimes called water pills) and drinking too much alcohol. Other less common causes are a diet high in purine-containing items or your body producing too much uric acid. When this occurs in joints it causes the painful condition known as gout.

IRON STATUS

The test measures the volume of iron within your blood with the aim of diagnosing iron deficiency anaemia or iron overload syndrome (haemochromatosis).

The symptoms of too little or too much iron can be very similar I.e fatigue, muscle weakness, moodiness and difficulty concentrating.

TIBC (total iron binding capacity is a measure of the volume of iron that can be transported through your blood.

A higher TIBC result is typically an indication of iron deficiency whereas low TIBC can occur with iron overload syndrome (haemochromatosis).

HEART DISEASE RISK

HDL % of total cholesterol is more indicative of your risk of cardiovascular disease thean total cholesterol alone.

A result below 20% indicates a greater risk of cardiovascular disease, while one above 20% is an indication of a lower than average risk.

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