A simple entry-level profile to help you investigate why you are having trouble shedding the pounds. Includes vitamin D, thyroid function and a diabetes check.
Weight Loss Check
About this test
Losing weight is never easy and it can be difficult at the best of times to find the motivation to start a weight loss programme. If you are tired, lack energy or suffer from low mood, then losing weight can be even more of a struggle.
We all know that carrying extra weight raises our risk of conditions like diabetes and identifying these risks can give us the impetus we need to finally lose those extra pounds. However, for some of us, no matter how hard we try, the pounds won’t shift.
This profile investigates likely causes, examining your thyroid function to see if your metabolism is preventing you from losing weight. It also includes iron (to test for anaemia, a key cause of low energy), HbA1c to check for diabetes and vitamin D, which is believed to influence weight as well as mood and motivation levels.
How it Works:
Order your test. We will arrange for one of our trained phlebotomists to take your sample and send it to our accredited laboratory.
We will email you with your results within the specified turnaround times.
Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. We can arrange to have your results interpreted based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. (This incurs an additional cost and will need to be requested at time of ordering).
You will be advised to see your doctor.
The prices shown above do not include Phlebotomy fees.
HbA1c or Haemoglobin A1c is also known as glycosylated haemoglobin and is a longer term measure of glucose levels in your blood than a simple blood glucose test. Glucose attaches itself to the haemoglobin in your red blood cells, and as your cells live for around 8-12 weeks it provides a good indication of the level of sugar in your blood over a 2-3 month period.
This is an important measure for diagnosing type 2 diabetes as well as understanding how well blood sugar levels are being controlled in people who have already been diagnosed with diabetes.
This test measures how much iron is in your blood with the aim of identifying iron deficiency anaemia or iron overload syndrome (haemochromatosis)
The symptoms of too much or too little iron can be similar – fatigue, muscle weakness, moodiness and difficulty concentrating.
A raised result can mean that you have iron overload syndrome, an inherited condition where your body stores too much iron, or that you are over-supplementing or that you have a liver condition.
A low result can mean that you are anaemic or are suffering from gastro-intestinal blood loss (or other blood loss). Anaemia is also very common in pregnant women.
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) is produced in the pituitary gland and stimulates the thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3).
High levels of TSH indicate an underactive thyroid while low levels indicate an overactive thyroid. In primary pituitary failure, a low TSH will be associated with an underactive thyroid.
Thyroxine (T4) is one of two hormones produced by the thyroid gland. Most T4 is bound to carrier proteins in the blood. This test measures the level of T4 which is free, or unbound, circulating in your blood.
High levels of free thyroxine can indicate an overactive thyroid while low levels can indicate an underactive thyroid.
Although called a vitamin, vitamin D is actually a hormone which is activated by sunshine on your skin. Vitamin D is essential for bone strength as it helps your intestines absorb calcium. However, it is thought that vitamin D also plays an important role in immune function, as well as in many chronic diseases and mental health.
Many people in the UK do not produce enough Vitamin D, especially in the winter months with fewer daylight hours. It is now recommended that you get 10 – 15 minutes of unprotected sun exposure every day to ensure you are producing enough vitamin D. In winter months, if your levels are found to be low, you may wish to take a supplement.
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