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Health_Check_Tests

We are pleased to now offer a range of health check tests which will help you to be tested for certain health issues. The health check tests that we offer are listed below and are all home to lab tests.

 

Vitamin D Test

The vitamin D test of our health check tests will check your vitamin D levels in the body. If you are lacking in vitamin D it may contribute to you suffering from  a range chronic diseases.Maintaining Vitamin D levels protects the body from a wide range of diseases including viruses, cardiovascular disease, bone disease including osteoporosis, rickets and osteomalcia, autoimmune disease (such as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis), strokes, nervous system disorders (such as Parkinson’s Disease) and type 1 and 2 diabetes. Depression and breast, prostate and colon cancer have also been linked to Vitamin D deficiency.

The test is carried out by taking a pin prick sample of blood from your finger. the blood is then sent off to the lab for analysis and you should receive your results in around 10 working days from the day the lab receives your sample.

This test is not suitable for anyone under the age of 18 years.

To purchase one of our Vitamin D check tests please click here.

 

Anaemia Test

Our next health check tests, is an Anaemia test, this test  will check your red blood cell count in your body as well as checking for haemoglobin’s in your red blood cells. A lack of red blood cells or lack of haemoglobin’s in the body will reduce the amount of oxygen carried around the body and this can be seen as a sign of anaemia.

The test is carried out by taking a pin prick sample of blood from your finger, the blood is then sent off to the lab for analysis, you should then receive your results in around 10 working days after the lab receives your sample.

To purchase one of our anaemia tests click here.

 

Candida  Test

Our next health check test will check you for the levels of candida in the body. Candida itself is a yeast, but if you are feeling run down for example candida levels  may become established and rise causing you health issues.

Candida as i mentioned earlier  is a yeast-like fungus that is normally present on the skin and in mucous membranes such as the vagina, mouth, or rectum. It is also a normal inhabitant of the human gut. However, when a person becomes dysbiotic, Candida can morph to become a pathogenic (injurious) invasive fungus and give rise to Candidiasis which is caused by over growth of Candida, predominantly Candida albicans.

The test itself is carried out by a simple pin prick from your finger. Your blood sample will be then sent off to the lab for analysis. You should have your results back from the lab within 10 working days of the lab receiving your sample.

To purchase our test for candida please click here.

 

Coeliac Disease Screen Test

The Coeliac Screen (tTG) health test is an ELISA-based method for the detection of circulating IgA and IgG antibodies raised against tissue Transglutaminase (tTG):

Coeliac disease is a common condition which affect the small intestine and it is also an auto immune disease. Having certain foods  in your diet can trigger coeliac disease, these foods would include gluten, so wheat, barley, and rye for example would be triggers. There is no cure currently for coeliac disease, sufferers manage their condition by making changes to their diet and lifestyle.

 

Symptoms of Coeliac disease:

• Weight loss
• Tiredness
• Vomiting
• Headaches
• Lethargy
• Breathlessness
• Abdominal discomfort
• Anaemia
• Mouth ulcers
• Diarrhoea

The coeliac disease test like most of the health check tests that we offer, is carried out by taking a pin prick blood sample from your finger. Your sample is then sent off to the lab for analysis, once the lab receives your sample you should receive your results within 10 working days.

To purchase one of our coeliac disease test please click here.

 

Gastric Ulcer Test 

The next test in our range of health check tests is a gastric ulcer test. Gastric ulcers is a corked screw shaped bacteria that lives in the mucus coating of the stomach and duodenum.

What is Helicobacter pylori the cause of Gastric Ulcers?

It can irritate the lining of the stomach causing inflammation and is a major causative factor in stomach and duodenal ulcers, gastric cancer and other forms of gastritis. H.pylori infections are believed to be caused by swallowing bacteria in food or liquids, or from unclean utensils. It can also pass from one person to the next and, therefore, the partner of the person infected by H.pylori should consider being tested.

The test involves taking a pin prick sample of blood from your finger. The sample is then sent off to the lab for analysis and you should receive your results in 10 working days after the lab receives your sample.

To purchase one of our gastric ulcer check tests today please click here.

 

Gut Flora Test

The next test in our range of health check tests is the gut flora test. More and more of us are now suffering from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and irritable bowel disorder. These two conditions cause those of us with these conditions to have an imbalance with their gut flora. To get a healthy gut may be the answer to improve the symptoms that you suffer with from those conditions.

Symptoms of IBS include

  • Bloating
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep Problems
  • Abdominal pain
  • Constipation
  • Flatulence

FloraPrint® is a highly sensitive laboratory technique that detects the presence of over 300 bacterial species from a stool sample. Unlike other gut flora tests available, the FloraPrint® bacterial panel has been specifically selected based on its clinical relevance with IBS/IBD.

By detecting small segments of DNA unique to the individual bacteria (or groups of bacteria), FloraPrint® offers an accurate and reliable method to profile the gut flora and identify IBS/IBD-related dysbiosis.

The test itself works by taking a stool sample, there will be an instruction manual provided in your test pack which will explain how to save your sample. You will send your sample off to the lab by using the packaging provide. Once the lab receives your stool sample you will get your results within 15 working days.

To purchase one of our gut flora check tests today please click here.

 

Test for Parasites

Parasites are organisms which can exploit other alive animals for nutrition. (i..E feed off them). In most cases, the parasitic process causes harm to the host through the actual removal of the nutrients, or by carrying other diseases into the body.

It has ben estimated that as many of 10% of the UK’s population may be living with parasites in their bodies. Many people will carry parasitic infections at a subclinical level for years, with the parasite feeding, reproducing and affecting the health of the host. Contaminated food and water, raw or  inadequately cooked meat and  fish and physical contact are the most widespread sources of intestinal parasites.

How does the test work ?

We carry out a total of 12 investigations. Samples are subjected to a microscopic examination using specific stains to highlight any parasite species. We use state of the art microscope photography to record the presence of any parasites, and will report back the presence of any species detected. It is key that the parasite is correctly determined, as this will have important implications for any therapy.

 

How do you take your sample selection?
When you order the test we will send you the stool collection kit with comprehensive instructions for use. Samples need to be taken on 3 different days, and put into the pots provided containing a preservative. On the final day a sample is also placed into a pot without preservative, to enable us to examine the live gut fauna.

Results are usually available around 10 working days from the lab after they receive your sample.

 

 

Thyroid Function Test

Our next test in our range of health check tests is a thyroid function test. Thyroid disease our autoimmune thyroid disease as it is commonly known is caused by your own immune system destroying the cells of your thyroid glands.

What is your Thyroid Gland?
Your thyroid is a small gland that lies at the front of the neck. The primary function of the thyroid is production of the hormones thyroxine(T4),triiodothyronine (T3), and calcitonin. These hormones act on almost all the tissues and organs in the body and are important for the following main reasons:

1. T4 and T3 play a crucial role in brain maturation during foetal development
2. T4 is critical to the regulation of metabolism
3. Calcitonin stimulates the movement of calcium in bone.

 

The test  for Autoimmune Thyroid Disease

Autoimmune disease of the thyroid is detected by testing for antibodies in the blood that attack the thyroid gland. We use an  ELISA technology to measure autoantibodies to human thyroid peroxidase (TPO).

Thyroid peroxidase is an important enzyme involved in the multiple steps of thyroid hormone synthesis. Autoantibodies to TPO are associated with both Hashimoto”s thyroiditis and Graves disease. The presence of anti-TPO autoantibodies unequivocally confirms autoimmune thyroiditis and they are frequently the only indication of underlying disease. The detection of anti-TPO autoantibodies is evidence against goiter or hypothyroidism of non-autoimmune nature.

 

If your levels are above the normal range then you need to consult your healthcare professional.

Hypothyroidism can be treated with hormone replacement drugs while hyperthyroidism is treated with drugs, radioactive iodine treatment or surgery. Once treated, the majority of people lead a normal life.

The test involves just taking a pin prick sample of blood from your finger. Once our lab receives your sample you should get your results of the test in around 10 working days from this date.

 

Rheumatoid Arthritis Test

Our final health check test that we offer is a test for rheumatoid arthritis test. To get an early detection of rheumatoid arthritis can help the patient being able to cope with the disease better.

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a common autoimmune disease and is characterised by the inflammation of the joints causing pain, swelling and stiffness. Whilst it is more common in women over 40 years of age, it can affect anyone at any age, including children. The exact causes of Rheumatoid Arthritis are still unknown but the disease can be triggered by general illnesses and severe emotional or physical trauma in individuals with a genetic predisposition to the disease. It usually first noticed in peripheral joints such as the fingers, wrists and ankles, but can affect any joint.

How do the tests for rheumatoid arthritis work?

1. Citrullinated protein antibody (CPA) test
This test detects Citrullinated Protein Antibodies (CPA) which have been recently shown to be highly specific for RA.  The antigens recognised by these antibodies contain a modified form of arginine, termed citrulline. Citrullination has been shown to be an essential step in generating RA-specific antibodies in susceptible individuals, perhaps via a breakdown in immune tolerance to self-antigens.  Importantly, CPA can be detected both in early and fully developed RA and are even present in some patients several years prior to the onset of disease.  The ability to accurately diagnose RA in the early stages of the disease, or even before disease onset, obviously allows for earlier treatment and the opportunity to delay disease progression.

2. Rheumatoid factor IgM and IgA test
This test detects Rheumatoid Factors (RFs) which are autoantibodies directed against the Fc region of human IgG.  Elevated RFs are found in 70-90% of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) but also occur frequently in patients with other rheumatic as well as infectious and pulmonary diseases. IgM RFs are considered a risk factor in normal subjects.

IgA RFs are reportedly associated with bone erosions and symptoms originating from mucosal membranes and secretory organs.  A number of studies indicate that the IgA RFs in early disease indicate poor prognosis and justify a more aggressive course of treatment.  Elevation in IgA RFs may precede the increase in IgM RF titre.

Treatment

There is no cure for RA, however, if your results are positive you should discuss them with your GP who can, if necessary, prescribe drugs or therapies that can be successful in:

 

  • Reducing inflammation, pain, and stiffness in affected joints.
  • Preventing or limiting the amount of joint damage.

 

The tests works by taking a simple skin prick of blood from your finger. the sample is then sent off to the lab for analysis, once the lab receives your sample the results should follow around 10 working days later.

 

Vitamin B12 Health Check Test

Our Food Intolerance testing UK Vitamin B12 Health Check Test

Will test your B12 levels in your body. Vitamin B12 help with your red blood cells, raising available energy.

Vitamin B12 is bound to the protein in food. Hydrochloric acid in the stomach releases B12 from protein during digestion. Once released, B12 combines with a substance called intrinsic factor (IF) before it is absorbed into the bloodstream. The human body stores several years’ worth of vitamin B12, so nutritional deficiency of this vitamin is rare. Elderly are the most at risk.

This test checks for healthy levels of vitamin B12 and flags any deficiency.

To purchase one of our Vitamin B12 Health Check tests click here.