Dpd (Deoxypyridinoline) is a dynamic biochemical marker of bone loss as it happens. An increase in Dpd levels in an early morning urine specimen is a reliable indicator of increased bone loss. This simple non-invasive test is not only important for the early diagnosis of osteoporosis but is a convenient tool for assessing treatments i.e. Hormone Replacement Therapy, Mineral supplements.
Bone loss is accelerated by:
Prevention rather than cure should be the goal. A good diet rich in calcium and weight bearing exercise from childhood is important.
Results for this blood test are available within approximatley 6 working days after the blood sample arrives at the private laboratory.
A specially labelled blood sample collection kit with details of a clinic locally to where you live or work where you can go to have the blood sample taken. The blood sample collection kit will be unique and coded specifically to you.
Special pre-paid packaging is provided to return your blood test sample safely, by first class post, to our laboratory for testing.
The blood sample is tested at an accreditted private laboratory to ensure an accurate blood test result.
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Alkaline phosphatase (ALP) is an enzyme found mainly in the liver and bones. Raised levels can indicate bone or liver disease. Elevated ALP is assessed in conjunction with other liver function tests to determine whether the problem lies in the liver or the bones.
Pregnancy can also cause raised ALP and it is often elevated in growing teenagers.
Albumin is made mainly in the liver and helps to keep the blood from leaking out of blood vessels. It also helps carry some medicines and other substances through the blood and is important for tissue growth and healing.
Low albumin levels can indicate liver disease and can also be a marker for chronic ill-health, malnutrition and inflammation. It can also occur in kidney conditions such as nephrotic syndrome and diabetes.
Raised levels are usually caused by dehydration.
Calcium is the most common mineral in the body and one of the most important. The body needs it to build and repair bones and teeth, help nerves and muscles to function, blood to clot and also help the heart to work. Vitamin D is essential to absorb calcium.
The majority of calcium in the body is stored in bone, the rest is found in the blood. If the calcium result is abnormal, a corrected calcium calculation is carried out to aid further investigation.
Around half of the total calcium in your blood is bound by albumin. Corrected calcium estimates your calcium level assuming albumin is a specified normal value.
Phosphate, also called phosphorus, is an important source of energy. It is a chemical which the body needs to get energy from the food. It is an vital component of bones and high levels are found in skeletal muscle.
Although called a vitamin, vitamin D is actually a hormone which is activated by sunshine on your skin. Vitamin D is essential for bone strength as it helps your intestines absorb calcium. However, it is thought that vitamin D also plays an important role in immune function, as well as in many chronic diseases and mental health.
Many people in the UK do not produce enough Vitamin D, especially in the winter months with fewer daylight hours. It is now recommended that you get 10 - 15 minutes of unprotected sun exposure every day to ensure you are producing enough vitamin D. In winter months, if your levels are found to be low, you may wish to take a supplement.
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