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Key benefits

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Accurate tests
from accredited laboratories

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Easy-to-use
test kits you can do at home

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Confidential results
provided securely online

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Qualified doctors
will interpret your results

Osteoporosis Profile

About this test

Dpd (Deoxypyridinoline) is a dynamic biochemical marker of bone loss as it happens. An increase in Dpd levels in an early morning urine specimen is a reliable indicator of increased bone loss. This simple non-invasive test is not only important for the early diagnosis of osteoporosis but is a convenient tool for assessing treatments i.e. Hormone Replacement Therapy, Mineral supplements.

Bone loss is accelerated by:

  • The menopause (especially in the first five years)
  • Certain drugs (particularly long term use of heparin and corticosteroids)
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Gastrointestinal disease
  • Hormone related illnesses

    Prevention rather than cure should be the goal. A good diet rich in calcium and weight bearing exercise from childhood is important.

How it works

Collect Sample

We send you an easy-to-use kit to collect your blood sample.

Post Sample

Post your sample to our lab in the prepaid envelope provided.

View Results

View results securely in your own personal dashboard.

Important Information

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.

Tests Included

Bone Health

Alkaline phosphatase (ALP) is an enzyme found mainly in the liver and bones. Raised levels can indicate bone or liver disease. Elevated ALP is assessed in conjunction with other liver function tests to determine whether the problem lies in the liver or the bones.

Pregnancy can also cause raised ALP and it is often elevated in growing teenagers.

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.

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. 

Phosphate, also called phosphorus, is an important source of energy. It is a chemical which the body needs to get energy from the food. It is an vital component of bones and high levels are found in skeletal muscle.

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.

Blood sample collection kit

We will send you your Osteoporosis Profile blood test sample collection kit together with the details of a convenient clinic where you can go and have your sample taken.

Postage & packaging

Your Osteoporosis Profile 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.

Private laboratory analysis

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.

Interpretation of results

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 Osteoporosis Profile test results can be downloaded for your doctor.

Secure online account with mymedichecks.com

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 Osteoporosis Profile test results.

Health and Lifestyle tracker

Stay motivated by filling in your online health and lifestyle questionnaire and seeing how improvements in your lifestyle can influence your test results. Your medical and family history gives us vital information when interpreting your results.

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