|Extra Information||Fast 8 hours if fasting LDL & Trigycerides required. 8am-10am sample recommended|
|Test Name||Athlete PLUS|
|Profile or Test?||Profile|
The Blue Horizon Medicals - Athlete Plus includes the following blood tests.Number of tests included: 39
Testosterone, SHBG, Free Testosterone (calc), Bioavailable Testotsterone (calc), Oestradiol, Creatinine for kidney monitoring, Iron, Protein, Albumin, Globulin, eGFR, ALT, AST, ALP, GGT, Bilirubin, Total Cholesterol, LDL Cholesterol, HDL, Cholesterol, Triglycerides, FSH, TSH, FT3, FT4, LH, Haemoglobin, Red Blood Cells, Haematocrit, Mean Cell Volume, Red Cell Distribution, Mean Cell Haemoglobin, Platelets, White Blood Cells, Neutrophils, Lymphocytes, Monocytes, Eosinophils, Basophils.
This test is only available with a Vacutainer, Nurse Visit or attendance at a BMI hospital and can be ordered online today. Order before 2pm and we will post out your kit same day, options for delivery at checkout.
|Target Turn Around Time in working days||1 Working Day|
|Special Instructions||1 x gold / 1 x purple|
|Special Notes||Samples must be received by lab NEXT DAY|
|GP Referral||Yes Included|
Proteins are indespensible as transporters of many other essential molecules around the body. Within your health screening high levels can be seen in disorders of over production such as myeloma, low levels can be found in conditions of failure to produce protein (eg liver disease) or excessive loss from the body (such as malnutrition or kidney disease)
Globulins are another category of protein which form the basis of antibodies (produced by Lymphocytes). Low levels within a health screening (hypogammaglobulinaemia) can be seen in immune deficiency or excessive loss from the kidneys. Higher levels may be a sign of gammaglobulinopathy or myeloma - a state of excessive production of globulin by some of the lymphocytes.
GGT (gamma GT) is a liver enzyme. High levels are most commonly encountered when alcohol has been drunk at higher than recommended levels in the preceding few weeks. Some medication can lead to higher levels of this enzyme also.
Cholesterol is a form of fat (lipid) bound to protein known as a lipoprotein, and is an essential component of all cell membranes (boundaries) - but an excess of it during a health screening is linked to an increased risk of heart and blood vessel disease. The total figure is useful, but it is more helpful to know the levels of the two parts which make up the bulk of the cholesterol molecule - HDL and LDL.
Triglycerides are a category of fat found in the blood. Triglycerides effectively store energy for later use by the body. High triglyceride levels within a health screening are associated with pancreatitis, and possibly heart disease and strokes. Some medication can cause the level to rise, as can poorly controlled diabetes.
HDL (high density lipoprotein) is the component of cholesterol that is associated with good health, and high levels within a health screen are linked to reduced risk of heart and blood vessel disease.
LDL (low density lipoprotein) is the component of cholesterol that is associated with higher risk of heart and blood vessel disease. The ideal level within a health screening is below 2.5 mmol/L
The serum iron level is a measure of the circulating iron in the blood. It tells us (along with TIBC/UIBC, transferrin and ferritin) the state of the body's iron reserves. An excess in a health screening can indicate disorders of iron storage (such as haemochromatosis), while low levels may indicate (along with changes in TIBC/UIBC, transferrin saturation and ferritin) iron deficiency.
The TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) is a hormone manufactured in the pituitary gland (found in the brain). It s role is to stimulate thyroxine production in the thyroid gland (found in the neck). A high level within a health screening is associated with an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) and a low level is found if the thyroid gland is over-active (hyperthyroidism). Changes in the TSH level alone can indicate underlying thyroid problems even if the thyroxine levels are normal.
FT4 (free thyroxine) is the active form of thyroxine, released from the thyroid gland in the neck. Its role is to control metabolism - release of energy from all cells of the body. A lack of thyroxine leads to, for example, tiredness and weight gain, whereas an excess will lead to weight loss, rapid heart rate and anxiety. It is generally believed that this level (FT4) is the most reliable indicator of thyroid status - ie whether the gland is over-active (hyperthyroidism) or underactive (hypothyroidism).
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