Homocysteine is an amino acid your body uses to make protein and to build and maintain tissue. Excessive levels in your blood may increase your risk of stroke, heart disease, and even Alzheimer's.The importance of homocysteine as a marker for health and wellbeing is becoming clearer as it is found to be a better measure of risk for cardiovascular disease, especially in older peple, than other more familiar factors such as smoking, cholesterol or raised blood pressure.
The B vitamins especially B6, B12 and folic acid are important in the creation of homocysteine in the body as well as controlling its level. Insufficient B vitamins in the diet are one of the factors which may contribute to elevated homocysteine levels.
Many people can lower their homocyteine levels through changing their diet, in particular by reducing their protein intake and increasing the amount of B vitamins they consume. If they cannot improve homocysteine by diet alone, then vitamin B suypplements have been shown to be effective.
This homocysteine blood test is for people who want to find out whether they have a raised risk of cardiovascular disease, especially if they know that they eat a diet low in B vitamins (vegetarians and vegans) or especially high in protein. It can also be used to monitor levels of homocysteine if you have already had a heart attack or stroke.
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.
We will send you your Homocysteine finger-prick blood test sample collection kit which contains everything you need to take your blood sample in the comfort of your own home. Taking the sample couldn't be easier - we only need 2-3 drops of blood and full instructions are supplied with your kit.
Your Homocysteine 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 sample will be analysed by Lorisian Healthcare Laboratory Testing Services.
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 Homocysteine 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 Homocysteine test results.
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.