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Why take this test?
The Carbohydrate Deficient Transferrin (CDT) test measures a particularly sensitive biomarker that tracks heavy alcohol consumption over an extended period of time. If an individual drinks steadily and heavily (4-6 units of alcohol per day) for several weeks the percentage of transferrin which is deficient in carbohydrate will rise. The longer a person drinks at this level, the higher the level of CDT. Intermittent or binge drinking can also increase CDT levels. The extent to which this occurs is dependent on the frequency of binges and the amount of alcohol consumed on each occasion.
Elevated CDT will decline with reduced alcohol consumption, and will revert to normal after several weeks of abstinence.
This test has a very high level of specificity (i.e. it is not affected by other drugs or substances) and therefore it has been adopted by the Secretary of State's Honorary Medical Advisory Panel as the sole test for assessing harmful use of alcohol for high risk offenders.
This test is for people who wish to prove that they have moderated or ceased their alcohol consumption. It is used by motorists who have been deemed high risk offenders to gain peace of mind before they take a CDT test as part of the DVLA medical examination to get their driving license back.
We send you an easy-to-use kit to collect your blood sample.
Post your sample to our lab in the prepaid envelope provided.
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Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.
We will send you your Carbohydrate Deficient Transferrin - CDT blood test sample collection kit together with the details of a convenient clinic where you can go and have your sample taken.
Your Carbohydrate Deficient Transferrin - CDT test includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your blood sample directly to our laboratory for analysis. If you live in an area where you cannot rely on the post or you simply want to ensure that your sample arrives at the laboratory the following day, you may wish to send your blood sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.
Your blood sample will be analysed at one of our chosen laboratories. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from one of our accredited independent providers of clinical diagnostic tests.
Our medical team will comment on out-of-range blood test results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your Carbohydrate Deficient Transferrin - CDT test results can be downloaded for your doctor.
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