Nutritional, Biochemical and Hormonal Tests
Laboratory testing can be helpful in several ways:
Accurate results can save valuable time and money by targeting only the most significant areas.
- As an aid to diagnosis
- A way of measuring the progress of therapy
- An indicator of predisposition to both genetic and acquired disorders.
Which tests are available?
The most commonly used laboratory tests are:
- Inhalant allergies
Hayfever, asthma, sinusitis
- Food intolerance
IBS, weight problems, allergic tendencies
- Gastrointestinal diagnostics
Coeliac disease, 'leaky gut', IBS, parasites, enzyme action, infections
- Cardiovascular screen
Includes multiple risk markers not tested in standard NHS screening
- Breast cancer predisposition
Important markers of genetic hormone-processing abnormalities
- Hair mineral analysis
Invaluable guide to heavy metal and other toxin levels. Particularly relevent preconceptually
- Female hormone testing
Helps in diagnosis of PMS, perimenopause, infertility, PCOS, preconceptual care etc.
- Adrenal function
Chronic fatigue, 'tired all the time', stress, cardiovascular problems
- Bone turnover
Measures the rate of bone breakdown – a valuable tool in preventing and managing osteoporosis
- Liver detoxification
Valuable information which may help prevent permanent liver damage in the future. Useful also in hormonal and digestive problems
- Candida testing
Allows accurate diagnosis of this difficult condition and avoids unnecessary treatment
- Anaemia screen
Includes not only haemoglobin, but several other markers of iron storage deficiency, and less common types of anaemia
Further information on these and other tests is available on request.
Can I get these tests on the NHS?
Most of these tests are 'cutting edge' diagnostics, and not generally available on the NHS at present.