Vitamin D is essential for body metabolism. Vitamin D deficiency can cause disease. We get vitamin D from our diet, but mainly from the action of sunlight. Excessive levels of vitamin D are dangerous.
Zinc is found in all our cells and is needed for the proper functioning of the immune system. Zinc also plays a part in cell formation and growth, the central nervous system and metabolism.
The amount of ferritin in the blood shows how much iron is stored in the body. It increases with age, and by measuring your ferritin levels you get a better idea of the state of your iron stores.
Magnesium is essential for normal neuromuscular function and protein synthesis. It interacts with potassium and calcium, and any change in these elements can disrupt its function, as can happen in the presence of kidney disease and diabetes. However, deficiency is rare with a balanced diet and good general health.
S-Testosteron + S-HBG ratio
Testosterone is one of the most common sex hormones in men. Testosterone deficiency can be associated with muscle weakness, lack of libido and sexual function, tiredness, lethargy and irritability. anaemia and overweight are common comorbidities. Samples must be given before 10.00 am.
Oestrogen is a female sex hormone. It declines when women reach the menopause, at which point levels of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) rise. Samples can show whether the menopause has begun. The test is not given to women taking contraceptive pills.
Lactose tolerance DNA
Lactose is a carbohydrate found naturally in milk and other dairy produce. Lactose intolerance is caused by a deficiency in lactase, the enzyme that breaks down lactose in the gut. Deficiency can cause stomach pangs, gas/flatulence, diarrhoea and bloating, but the symptoms can vary.
This test is taken to diagnose gluten intolerance, which happens when the small intestine becomes inflamed and unable to absorb nutrients properly. The symptoms include stomach ache, diarrhoea, tiredness, weight loss and mild depression. The test measures antibodies, which are only visible when gluten continues to be eaten.