Gut Hormone
Profile

£299

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check_circle7 tests included
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schedule14 day turnaround   info
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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

Gut Hormone Profile

About this test

In the large intestine, some fermentation is needed to produce butyrate and short chain fatty acids to nourish the cells of the intestinal wall.

In the small intestine, however, growth of yeast, fungi and other fermenting bacteria can result in damage to the gut lining allowing absorption of toxic by-products and impairing absorption of essential nutrients.

Intestinal symptoms can be diarrhoea, burning, bloating, cramping and constipation. Generalised symptoms can include headache, insomnia, immune dysfunction, chronic fatigue, joint pain and nutritional deficiencies.

Vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP) is a substance found throughout the body, but the highest levels normally occur in the nervous system and gut.

Vasoactive intestinal polypeptide has many functions:

  • Helps control or send nerve signals

  • Helps to relax certain muscles along the gastrointestinal tract

  • Increases the amount of water and electrolytes released from the pancreas and gut

  • Triggers the release of hormones from the pancreas, gut, and hypothalamus

  • Breaks down fat and glycogen

  • Stimulates bile flow

  • Blocks gastrin and gastric acid secretion

Pancreatic polypeptide (PP) is a gut hormone released from the pancreas in response to ingestion of food. Plasma PP has been shown to be reduced in conditions associated with increased food intake and elevated in anorexia nervosa.

Gastrin is a hormone that regulates acid secretion in the stomach and is produced by G cells in the stomach. Small amounts of gastrin are also be produced by the pancreas and the intestines. When there is food in the stomach, gastrin is released into the blood. As stomach and intestinal acidity rises, gastrin production normally decreases.

Glucagon is a hormone produced a several sites in the body. It has an important role in balancing the level of sugar (glucose) in the blood. Glucagon is produced by the pancreas, it is released when blood glucose levels start to fall too low. This causes the liver to convert stored glycogen into glucose and release it into the bloodstream, raising blood glucose levels and ultimately preventing the development of hypoglycaemia.

Somatastatin is a hormone widely distributed throughout the body, especially in the hypothalamus and pancreas, that acts as an important regulator of endocrine and nervous system function by inhibiting the secretion of several other hormones such as growth hormone, insulin, and gastrin.

In the large intestine, some fermentation is needed to produce butyrate and short chain fatty acids to nourish the cells of the intestinal wall.

In the small intestine, however, growth of yeast, fungi and other fermenting bacteria can result in damage to the gut lining allowing absorption of toxic by-products and impairing absorption of essential nutrients.

Intestinal symptoms can be diarrhoea, burning, bloating, cramping and constipation. Generalised symptoms can include headache, insomnia, immune dysfunction, chronic fatigue, joint pain and nutritional deficiencies.

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.

Laboratory appointment in London

Your Blood sample will be analysed at our chosen laboratory based in the heart of London's medical district. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from the UK's largest independent provider of clinical diagnostic tests

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 Gut Hormone 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 Gut Hormone 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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