Calcium is the most common mineral in the body - and one of the most important. It is essential for building and fixing bones and teeth, helping nerves work, making muscles squeeze together, helping blood clot, and helping the heart to work.
The vast majority of calcium in the body is stored in bone while the rest can be found in the blood. This calcium blood test checks the calcium level in the body that is not stored in the bones.
A high level of calcium (hypercalcaemia) could mean a benign (not cancerous) tumour on the parathyroid gland, a cancer has spread to the bones, tuberculosis, a kidney transplant or hyperthyroidism - an overactive thyroid.
Low levels of calcium (hypocalcaemia), however, are usually due to low protein levels, not enough Vitamin D, too much phosphate, kidney disease or hypoparathyroidism - an underactive parathyroid gland.
The test is useful for anybody needing to establish levels of calcium in their blood.
We send you an easy-to-use kit to collect your blood sample.
Post your sample to our lab in the prepaid envelope provided.
View results securely in your own personal dashboard.
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.
Calcium is the most common mineral in the body and one of the most important. The body needs it to build and repair bones and teeth, help nerves and muscles to function, blood to clot and also help the heart to work. Vitamin D is essential to absorb calcium.
The majority of calcium in the body is stored in bone, the rest is found in the blood. If the calcium result is abnormal, a corrected calcium calculation is carried out to aid further investigation.
Around half of the total calcium in your blood is bound by albumin. Corrected calcium estimates your calcium level assuming albumin is a specified normal value.
Albumin is made mainly in the liver and helps to keep the blood from leaking out of blood vessels. It also helps carry some medicines and other substances through the blood and is important for tissue growth and healing.
Low albumin levels can indicate liver disease and can also be a marker for chronic ill-health, malnutrition and inflammation. It can also occur in kidney conditions such as nephrotic syndrome and diabetes.
Raised levels are usually caused by dehydration.
We will send you your Calcium blood test finger-prick blood sample collection kit which contains everything you need to take your blood sample in the comfort of your own home. If you are unsure about completing a finger-prick blood sample collection you will have the opportunity to select a clinic-based venous blood sample collection or choose to go our London laboratory during the checkout process.How to collect a finger-prick blood sample
Your Calcium blood 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 results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your Calcium blood test results can be downloaded for your doctor.
Once you have placed your order you will receive login details to mymedichecks.com where you can manage your account, track your orders and view your Calcium blood test results.
Stay motivated by filling in your online health and lifestyle questionnaire and seeing how improvements in your lifestyle can influence your results. Your medical and family history gives us vital information when interpreting your results.