Kidney, liver, diabetes and cholesterol blood test (also known as our General Health Blood Test)
It’s quite understandable with our busy lifestyles that we sometimes may feel a little run down, noticing a few new symptoms, realising that maybe we could take better care of ourselves and our health. To do this it is a good idea to initially check our general health and use it as a benchmark for improvement if needed.
By having regular blood testing which looks at your kidney, liver, diabetes and cholesterol health may potentially allow for improvement if or where needed. Having this information will allow a more informed choice about changes which may need to be made.
Improvement may be needed to be found in areas such as your diet, exercise, alcohol reduction, stopping smoking or even discussing medication if needed with your medical practitioner.
Testing for kidney, liver, diabetes and cholesterol health
The test can be performed using a small amount of blood from a finger prick which you can do yourself.
How often should I have a kidney, liver, diabetes and cholesterol blood test?
We recommend testing your blood for kidney, liver, diabetes, and cholesterol health for a routine check yearly.
- Family history of gallstones
- Drinking excess alcohol
- Taken performance enhancing drugs
- Eating disorders
- Family history of liver disease
- Irregular heartbeat
- Chronic fatigue
- Shortness of breath
- Reduction in urination
- Family history of heart disease
- Regular smoker
- Persistent thirst
- Increase in urination
- Dry mouth
- Itchy skin
- Pain or numbness in hands
This blood test is to check on:
- Kidney function
- Liver health
For best results (if medically suitable) it is advisable to fast (water is allowed) 12 hours prior to the test which needs to be taken first thing in the morning and posted on the same day on a Monday, Tuesday,or Wednesday.
Collection method: Finger prick
Results available: 2-3 days after the sample has reached the laboratory.
Your liver makes cholesterol and can be found in many foods you eat such as dairy, meats and fish.
There are two main types of cholesterol: HDL (High Density Lipoprotein) and LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein).
Triglycerides are the most common type of fat in your body. They come from foods we eat (such as dairy, meat,oils) or made by our liver.
Any excess calories your body doesn’t need straight away is converted into Triglycerides and stored in your fat cells to be used when needed for energy.
LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein)
LDL is known as the bad cholesterol as it can block up our blood vessels causing them to narrow. Sometimes a clot can form and get stuck in these narrow vessels leading to a heart attack.
HDL (High Density Lipoprotein)
HDL is known as the good cholesterol as it helps remove other forms of cholesterol from your bloodstream. Higher levels of HDL are associated with lower risk of heart disease.
Non-HDL (High Density Lipoprotein) Cholesterol
Non-HDL cholesterol is your total cholesterol minus your HDL. The higher the number of the Non-HDL cholesterol may be indicative that you could be at higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
Creatinine is usually passed out through urine. It is a breakdown of waste products made from the muscles.
A high level may be indicative of a kidney problem, however this does depend on muscle mass. Usually if a high muscle mass the creatinine may be higher. If levels are low it could be due to a low protein diet or reduced muscle mass.
Estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR)
This test will assess how well your kidneys are working.
HbA1c also known as glycated haemoglobin or glycosylated haemoglobin. This test will measure how well your blood sugar level has been controlled over the past 3 months. The results can be indicative of pre or Type 2 diabetes.
Urea is usually passed out through urine. It is a waste product from the breakdown of amino acids found in proteins.
Higher than normal levels may be indicative of a kidney problem, low levels may be indicative of dehydration.
This test will assess how well the liver is working and can be indicative if there is any damage or inflammation inside the liver.
This test used to be known as the Liver Function Test (LFTs)
Bilirubin is the end product of the breakdown of red blood cells (haemoglobin) It is produced in bone marrow cells and the liver.
The blood test measures the amount of bilirubin in your blood.
Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP)
Alkaline Phosphatase known commonly as ALP is an enzyme mainly found in the liver, kidneys, bones and digestive system.
The test measures the ALP in your blood.
Alanine Transaminase (ALT)
Alanine Transaminase known as ALT is an enzyme most commonly found in the liver. Damaged liver cells release ALT into the bloodstream.
The test measures the amount of ALT in the blood.
Gamma-Glutamyl Transferase (GGT)
Gamma-glutamyl transferase commonly known as GGT is an enzyme found throughout the body however most commonly found in the liver.
The test will measure the amount of GGT in the blood.
Proteins are important building blocks for the health and growth of the body’s cells and tissues.
A total protein test measures the amount of albumin and globulin in your body.
Albumin also known as ALB is a protein made by your liver. Albumin is used to carry hormones, vitamins and enzymes around the body and keep fluid in your bloodstream to avoid leaking into other tissues.
Globulins are a serum protein needed for our growth and development and overall health. They are produced in the liver and immune system. Different proteins make up the globulin family and many bind with haemoglobin in the blood and some are involved in the transportation of metals such as iron whilst others are part of the immune system to help fight infections.
How it Works
1. Order and Receive Your Test
Order your Blood Test.
Receive it directly at home or work.
Delivered by courier with Free shipping.
2. Take the Easy Finger-prick Blood Test
Activate your test online.
Collect 2-3 drops of blood.
3. Freepost your Blood sample to our laboratories
Use the pre-paid package to post to our laboratories.
Simply drop it into your nearest high-priority Royal Mail postbox.
4. Our laboratory team run the tests
Tests are run by our staff in a clean and secure environment.
All possible measures are taken to keep Vampires out.
5. Receive Your Results within 7 days
We will email you to inform you that your blood test results are ready.
Login to your account to review the results.
6. Track your levels over time
With regular ongoing tests, you can track your results.
Check if you’re improving healthily or where changes could be made.