LetsGetChecked - Liver Blood Spot Test Kit
The LetsGetChecked - Liver Blood Spot Test Kit includes Total Protein, Albumin, Globulin, Bilirubin, Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP), Gamma GT, and Alanine Transferase (ALT). Get 30% off today with our exclusive discount code WALKINLAB.
Total Protein refers to the volume of albumin and globulin in the body. Albumin/Globulin (A/G) ratio may highlight liver scarring (cirrhosis).
Albumin is a protein that is produced in the liver. Albumin nourishes tissues and transports essential components, such as hormones, vitamin, and drugs throughout the blood.
Globulin is a group of proteins produced in the liver, they play an important role in liver function, blood clotting, and fighting disease. If globulin levels are low, it may be indicative of liver disease.
Bilirubin is a pigment that is produced during the normal breakdown of red blood cells. High bilirubin levels may indicate underlying issues with the liver and gallbladder.
Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP)
Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP) is an enzyme found in the blood that breaks down proteins in the body. ALP is produced in the liver, bones, intestines, pancreas, kidneys and the placenta in women. ALP is tested to determine how well your liver and gallbladder are performing, as well as your bone health.
Gamma GT (glutamyltransferase) is an enzyme that is found in liver cells as well as the biliary tract. High Gamma GT is indicative of liver disease, bile duct disease or to monitor alcohol abuse.
Alanine Transferase (ALT)
Alanine Transferase (ALT) is another enzyme that is produced in the heart and liver cells, and is released into the blood when there is acute damage to the heart and/or liver.
Your liver breaks down fats to aid digestion, fights illness and diseases for immunity, removes toxins from your body, controls cholesterol levels, clots the blood and stores key nutrients and energy in the form of glycogen. Liver disease doesn't usually cause any obvious signs or symptoms until it is advanced and the liver is damaged.
Symptoms of acute liver disease may include:
- Loss of appetite
- Swelling in your stomach
- Dark urine
- Light-colored stool
- Chronic fatigue
- Yellowish eyes or skin (jaundice)
Your liver utilizes key proteins and enzymes to help perform these functions. Our test will look at these markers to ensure that your liver is performing properly. Elevated enzyme levels may indicate acute or chronic liver disease.
You should take the test if:
- You have a family history of liver disease
- You have a history of gastrointestinal disease
- You have gallstones or a family history of such
- You are a heavy drinker
- You take performance enhancing drugs
- You suffer from an eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa
- You are taking medications which can harm your liver
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