Focusing on core areas of your health. Diabetes, Heart Disease, a test for Prostate cancer, a liver check, kidney check, Iron check, Thyroid Check, Bowel check, Inflammation check and Vitamin levels.
This test is available as a finger prick or vacutainer sample collection option. You can also choose to visit a BMI Hospital orSuperdrug. Select option at checkout.
Blood Test Explained
Below we have explained each inclusion, please click each tab to find out more.
(HbA1c) is a measurement of glucose levels in your blood. This is more advanced than a simple blood glucose test, which gives a snapshot view only. Glucose attaches itself to the red blood cells, and as these red cells exist for around 8-12 weeks, knowledge of the amount of glucose attached can provide an idea of the level of sugar in your blood in recent weeks. Knowing this background level of glucose is important if you’re looking to monitor or diagnose type 2 diabetes. This test also aids in understanding how well controlled blood sugar levels are being managed for people who already have been diagnosed with diabetes.
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.
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.
A high total PSA level may mean there is an enlarged prostate gland. Although a rise in PSA is associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer, a number of benign (that is, not cancerous) conditions can also cause the PSA level to rise. The most common benign prostate conditions that cause an elevation in PSA level are prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate, more likely in a young man) and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH or enlargement of the prostate, more likely after the age of 50 years).
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.
Vitamin B12 is an important vitamin, essential for the normal functioning of many body processes. Deficiency can lead to anaemia (poor quality red blood cells) and neurological (nerve) disorders. It is most abundant in meat products so vegetarians are more vulnerable to deficiency of this vitamin. Pernicious anaemia develops if uptake of vitamin B12 into the blood from the gut is absent or severely impaired, and even if a diet rich in the vitamin is taken, deficiency will occur if this disease is present. Recent evidence suggests that mild deficiency is probably more common than previously thought. Mild deficiency may explain the presence of fatigue and a host of other limiting symptoms which is why we have included it within the PLUS V and PLUS X health screening profiles.
High values of this 'inflammatory marker' are associated with inflammation from some cause. It is not an exact test, it is nonspecific. Very high readings are associated with polymyalgia rheumatica, a painful muscle ache affecting usually the upper arms or legs, and temporal arteritis - inflammation of the temporal artery which usually presents with severe headache in the temple area. Arthritis and infection can also lead to a raised inflammatory marker.
Creatinine, like urea, is a waste product of bodily processes. The kidneys control its elimination from the blood. A rise in creatinine within a health screening, especially if urea levels are also high, will usually mean there is a degree of compromise of the kidneys. Small rises can be a sign of dehydration. Low levels are of no concern.
This Albumin blood test is tested to identify liver or kidney disease. Albumin is created in the liver and is one of the biggest protein in the blood plasma. Albumin ensures fluid doesn't leak from blood vessels and carries drugs, vitamin, hormones and more through the body. A doctor may advise this test when the patient is experiencing symptoms of kidney/liver disease.
Cholesterol, total. 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 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 Cholesterol 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 Cholesterol 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
Special Instructions: Fast 8 hours (min) if fasting LDL & Trigycerides required. Samples for this profile MUST BE RETURNED TO THE LABORATORY FOR NEXT WORKING DAY delivery.
Which Tests are Included? HbA1C, CRP, Iron, Total Protein, Albumin, Globulin, Creatinine, eGFR, ALT, ALP, Gamma GT, Total Bilirubin, Cholesterol, HDL, Triglycerides, LDL, Cholesterol: HDL Ratio, TSH, PSA, Vitamin B12.
Blue Horizon Blood Test Reviews
Extremely efficient service from beginning to end. Procedure carried out quickly and efficiently. Results were very swift. Will be using again.
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Great service and product. The turn around is brilliant (mostly - there was a glitch during the early part of the Covid pandemic, but that seems to be resolved now). Tests are recognised by the medical profession so I am able to use the results to get the treatment I need without further tests.
I had various questions which they answered via email/webchat and the timing of getting a kit, sending it back and getting the results was good.