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Vegan Blood Test
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A Vegan Blood Test is a comprehensive analysis of an individual's overall nutrient intake. This test is specially curated to analyse the dietary impacts of the vegan lifestyle and can help to determine whether an individual needs additional support.
- Total Protein
- Total Cholesterol
- HDL Cholesterol
- LDL Cholesterol
- Vitamin D
- Folate B12
- HDL % of total
- Non HDL Cholesterol
- Transferrin Saturation
- Uric Acid
- Vitamin B12 total
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Globulin is a group of proteins produced by the liver and the immune system of the body. Globulin helps to keep the body healthy and fight infections as well as germs. Globulin is also very important to create blood clots and avoid excessive external bleeding caused by injury.
Total Protein measures the amount of two classes of proteins present in the blood: Albumin and Globulin. Albumin is mainly responsible for preventing the fluid in the bloodstream from leaking out. Whereas Globulin is produced by the liver as well as the immune system. The function of globulin is to strengthen the immune system by fighting germs as well as infections.
The gamma-glutamyltransferase (GGT) test is undertaken to measure the amount of the GGT enzyme in the blood. GGT's function in the body is to transport molecules and aid the metabolization of toxins and drugs within the liver. A high GGT reading can be due to liver damage or disease, these may include hepatitis or cirrhosis. Testing Gamma GT is also important for bile duct infection and monitoring alcohol abuse.
Aspartate aminotransferase (AST)
An Aspartate aminotransferase (AST) test is done to ensure an average amount of the enzyme is present within the blood. The enzyme is usually found within the liver, muscles and heart as well as other tissues around the body. When AST levels have increased it means there has been damage to the nearby tissues and cells. The AST is an enzyme that helps to trigger important chemical reactions within the body.
Triglycerides are a blood fat playing an essential part in the healthy function of your body. Triglycerides are the body's primary storage method for fat and can be used as an energy source. Triglycerides are created in the liver, and while they are essential for energy and fat storage, having elevated levels of triglycerides can lead to cardiovascular issues. Therefore it is crucial to monitor your triglycerides when checking overall cholesterol levels.
HDL % of total
HDL (high-density lipoprotein) percentage of total calculates the amount of HDL you have compared to your total cholesterol level. This specific test biomarker assesses your cardiovascular risk by calculating the total amount of 'good' vs 'bad' and total cholesterol you have in your blood. Doctors and heart disease assessment calculators use this % of the total to evaluate your overall cardiovascular health.
Non HDL Cholesterol
While we are individually measuring your HDL and LDL levels in this test, we will also carry out a non-HDL cholesterol check. This essentially includes all harmful cholesterol in your blood sample and is considered a primary indicator and risk assessment tool for cardiovascular health. Non-HDL levels should generally be below 4mmol/L. HDL and LDL levels can then be monitored to evaluate how any implementation of diet and lifestyle changes impacts your individual cholesterol levels, helping you to optimise your lifestyle based on your biomarkers.
Creatine is a component of the muscles in the body, the breakdown of this component releases creatinine. Creatinine is a waste that is excreted by the kidneys. A high level of creatinine indicates that the kidney is unable to filter and excrete the waste product out of the body.
Glycated haemoglobin also referred to as HbA1c, is a more accurate long-term measure of glucose levels (blood sugar levels) in your blood. Haemoglobin is part of the red blood cells that carry oxygen through your bloodstream. Testing HbA1c measures long-term glucose levels, as glucose attaches to your red blood cells, with these cells living for around 14 weeks on average. This is ideal for monitoring diabetes and pre-diabetic susceptibility because it can provide insight over a three-month period prior to testing.
Total Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC)
Too much and too little iron in the body can lead to problems. The Total Iron Bounding Capacity Test measures the amount of iron within the bloodstream. The test also measures how well the iron is transported around the body via the transferrin. Anaemia is the condition of not having enough iron in the blood. Having too much iron in the blood is rarely caused by an overdose of vitamins or supplements and can cause symptoms ranging from feeling tired and weak to an irregular heart rhythm.
Transferrin Saturation is tested to measure how much the protein is saturated by iron that it will then transport around the body. The transferrin binds itself to iron and ensures it delivers the haemoglobin and oxygen the iron has provided to the muscles to be used as energy for movement.
Uric acid is a waste substance formed out of chemical compounds named purines that naturally form inside the body. Purines can mostly be found in food substance such as anchovies, dried beans, beer, and wine. Kidneys filter uric acid from urine and infuse them as crystals in the bodily tissues. An excessive amount of uric acid-infused causes Gout. Gout is a form of arthritis that causes joint pain, especially in fingers, toes, wrists, and ankles. Uric acid is also increased inside the body due to cancer treatments. Alternatively, too little uric acid in the blood is a symptom of liver or kidney disease.
Vitamin b12 total
Vitamin B12 is a vitamin that's essential for many functions in your body, including red blood cell production and nerve function. Vitamin B12 can be found in food, supplements, and fortified foods. If you don't get enough vitamin B12, you may develop anaemia or nerve damage. A normal vitamin B12 level is 200 to 900 ng/mL. If you have a low vitamin B12 level, your doctor may recommend that you take a supplement or eat foods that are fortified with vitamin B12.
Cortisol is produced by the adrenal gland and has a massive impact on multiple physical and mental functions within the body. Cortisol is a steroid and is often referred to as the "stress hormone" because it is usually released when a person is in a perceived state of "stress". However, it is not limited to this role within the body and is also involved in multiple metabolic and immune responses.
Albumin is a protein present in blood plasma and plays a binding role like SHBG. Albumin is produced by the liver. Albumin will help to detect any issues in the functioning of the kidney or liver. It prevents the fluid in blood vessels from leaking out.
Alanine transferase (ALT)
Alanine transferase (ALT) is an enzyme produced in the heart and liver cells. The testing of ALT will detect how much ALT is in the bloodstream but cannot show how much damage has been caused to the liver. The test is important to determine the health of the liver especially if drugs, heavy alcohol use or viruses (hepatitis) have been present. Lower ALT results have mostly indicated a healthy liver but healthy ALT ranges will depend on many factors, such as age and sex.
When red blood cells break down it produced a brownish-yellow pigment called Bilirubin. At built up of bilirubin within the bloodstream may be the cause of jaundice or liver disease.
Total cholesterol measures the total amount of cholesterol in your blood, including HDL and LDL. Cholesterol is created in the liver and plays an important role in multiple bodily functions such as; creating vitamin D and bile and being the membrane of all of your body's cells. Cholesterol helps to transport fatty acids around through the blood, and can act as a great indicator for your heart health, such as predispositions to cardiovascular issues such as a heart attack and heart disease.
HDL is an abbreviation for high-density lipoprotein and is often referred to as the 'good cholesterol' because of its role in removing other forms of cholesterol from your body. HDL can help to protect your heart and blood vessels due to its anti-inflammatory effect, anti-oxidant properties and its ability to remove excess fat to the liver for processing. Therefore having optimal HDL levels is essential to your health. Our Welzo HDL test will identify your HDL levels and give insight into improvements that need to be made to help boost your HDL levels.
LDL or Low-density lipoprotein helps the body transport fat such as Triglycerides. However, LDL is often referred to as the 'bad' cholesterol because when your LDL levels are elevated, you face an increased risk of cardiovascular issues. These include heart attack and heart disease. This occurs as LDL can lead to fatty deposits accruing in the artery walls leading to atherosclerosis.
Urea is a product produced by the body on the breakdown of proteins and is excreted by the body as urine. Urea serum levels need to be within the range of 2.5 - 7.0 mmol/L. An increase in this level can be harmful to the kidney and cause kidney failure in severe cases. It can also cause dehydration or cardiac issues. Urea is measured to check the functioning of the renal gland.
estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate (eGFR)
The estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate (eGFR) is a test to check the filtration status of the kidney. If the renal gland is not functioning effectively, the estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate will be lower than 60. A range of 60 or higher is considered a normal range.
Iron is a mineral found within the blood, and is needed to help create haemoglobin which is a protein in the blood responsible for the transport of oxygen within the body's blood cells. If the body does not have enough haemoglobin, the muscles do not get enough oxygen and cannot work properly. It is important for people to have the correct amount of iron otherwise they will feel more tired and become Anaemic. The body's iron stores are sourced from one's diet and from the breakdown and turnover of red blood cells. When a test reveals low iron levels, a change in diet or added supplements can be used for treatment.
Unsaturated Iron Binding Capacity (UIBC)
Unsaturated Iron Binding Capacity indicates the amount of iron that has not yet been saturated by the transferrin. Iron needs to be bound to the protein transferrin so it can be transported to the bone marrow to produce haemoglobin and red blood cells.
Ferritin is the protein that stores iron in the body. Iron is needed to provide muscles with oxygen so that they receive the energy they need to function properly. Ferritin will release the iron when needed and is kept within the body's cells, most commonly found in the liver. We check ferritin levels to ensure that there is proper storage of iron in the body's cells otherwise the iron will be depleted quickly.
Vitamin D is a vitamin that's essential for many functions in your body, including bone and muscle health. Vitamin D can be found in food, supplements, and fortified foods. If you don't get enough vitamin D, you may develop osteoporosis or muscle weakness. An average vitamin D level is 20 to 50 ng/mL. If you have a low vitamin D level, we may recommend that you take a vitamin D supplement or eat foods fortified with vitamin D.
Folate, folic acid or a vitamin B test checks for the serum levels of folate in the blood. Folate is essential in the healthy creation and regulation of your body's red blood cells. A typical folate rate is considered 2.7 to 17 nanograms per millilitre (ng/mL). A result lower than 2.7 ng/ml can mean you have a deficiency.
Have you been feeling any of these symptoms lately?
The Vegan Blood Test is suitable for individuals experiencing one or more of the following symptoms:
1. Persistent headache
5. Loss of appetite and weight loss
6. Difficulty concentrating
If you're considering going vegan, or are already vegan, then you know how important it is to get all the nutrients your body needs. B12 is one of those essential nutrients, and one that can be tricky to find in a vegan diet.
Vitamin B12 is essential for healthy red blood cells and a properly functioning nervous system. It's found naturally in animal foods like meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy products. But since vegans don't eat any of these things, they need to find other sources of B12.
There are a few plant-based foods that contain small amounts of B12. These include some breakfast cereals, some plant milks, and some nutritional yeast products. But the amounts of B12 in these foods are usually too low to meet your daily needs.
That's why it's important to eat foods that are fortified with B12, or to take a B12 supplement. Some good vegan sources of B12 include fortified plant milks, fortified breakfast cereals, and some nutritional yeast products.
So if you're looking for a way to get all the B12 your body needs, be sure to include some of these foods in your diet. And don't forget to take a B12 supplement, just to be safe. With these sources of B12, you can be sure that you're getting all the nutrients you need to stay healthy and happy.
Why take a test?
Vegan diets are plant-based and rich in nutrients. However, some vitamins are mostly derived from meat such as Vitamin B12 and omega fats. Some nutrients like iron are also more absorbed when sourced from meat as compared to plants. If you have shifted to a vegan or a vegetarian diet, it is recommended that you take a blood test every two months to notice any effects of dietary changes. You can then balance your diet to include more vitamins and minerals accordingly. Along with this blood test, we also provide our Certified Doctor's comments.
"If you’re considering going vegan or are already vegan, then it’s important to get an idea of all the nutrients in your body. This panel will give you a comprehensive picture and help you tailor your diet appropriately."
How to take a Vegan Blood Test Test
Collecting a blood sample for your finger prick home test is straightforward. Watch the video below for more details on how to take a home blood test.
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Vegan Blood Test Information
Specification of Vegan Blood Test
- Test name: Vegan Blood Test
- Also known as & related tests: Vegan test
- Test tube: SST + EDTA (Gold + Purple microtainer)
- Brand: Welzo
- Turn around time: Approx. 24 hours
- Lab test ranges:
- Test Kit Marking: MHRA/UKCA
- Location of Lab: United Kingdom
What is a Vegan Blood Test?
A Vegan Blood Test is a home health test offered by Welzo. The Vegan Blood Test can be taken from the comfort of your home using a finger prick sample, which is then sent back to our lab for analysis and interpretation.
What does a Vegan Blood Test for?
A Vegan Blood Test tests for the following:.
What are the benefits of a Vegan Blood Test?
Checking your health through the use of Vegan Blood Test is an important way to track your health. Home testing offers the convenience of conducting health assessments in the comfort of your own home, while enabling quicker, more private results without the need for visiting a healthcare facility.
Can a GP review my Vegan Blood Test?
Yes, Welzo offers a GP review service for the Vegan Blood Test. Follow the link if you would like to have an online GP appointment with your Vegan Blood Test.
Are Vegan Blood Tests available on the NHS?
The NHS offers Vegan Blood Tests subject to eligibility requirements, consultations and local guidelines.
Vegan Blood Test Kit and Ordering
How can a Vegan Blood Test be ordered?
A Vegan Blood Test can be ordered online through Welzo's secure checkout. Select the Vegan Blood Test and add the patient's name and details, then checkout for next-day delivery.
What is included in the Vegan Blood Test test kit?
The Vegan Blood Test contains the following items in the test kit:
- 1 x UN3373 Test Kit for Biological Substances Category B (test kit design may vary from images displayed online depending on the test selected.
- 1 x Free Return Label
- 1 x Finger Prick Lancet / Urine Sample Pouch or Swab (depending on the test ordered)
- 1 x Cleansing Wipe/ Alcohol Swab
- SST + EDTA (Gold + Purple microtainer)
Vegan Blood Test Biomarkers and Results
What biomarkers are tested for in a Vegan Blood Test?
The Vegan Blood Test checks for the following biomarkers:
What are the results ranges for a Vegan Blood Test?
Vegan Blood Test reference ranges vary based on age, sex, population sample and numeric test result ranges. However, once you complete your tests, you will receive clear reference ranges for your Vegan Blood Test.
What is a normal test range for Vegan Blood Test?
The Vegan Blood Test range will be provided on the advanced Welzo reporting panel which will factor in multiple aspects such as age, population size comparison and biological sex.
Vegan Blood Test Procedure and Timing
When should a Vegan Blood Test be taken?
It is best to take a Vegan Blood Test first thing in the morning.
How long does a Vegan Blood Test take?
The typical turnaround for a Vegan Blood Test is 24 hours from receipt at the Welzo laboratory, Monday to Thursday. However, results may come back faster or slower depending on how busy the Welzo laboratory is and if you have requested any biomarkers that take longer to test for. In this case, results can take up to 5 days.
Are there any special preparations required before taking the Vegan Blood Test (e.g., fasting)?
We will let you know via email if there are any special requirements for the Vegan Blood Test. However, typically we recommend you take a Vegan Blood Test first thing in the morning, fasted.
What is the best time to post my Vegan Blood Test?
The best time to return your Vegan Blood Test sample is Monday to Thursday, before 14:00 to ensure the product arrives at our lab on time for same-day analysis.
What sample is required for a Vegan Blood Test?
The Vegan Blood Test requires a capillary blood sample using a SST + EDTA (Gold + Purple microtainer) that is collected from a finger-prick blood sample.
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