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Electrolytes are positively and negatively charged molecules called ions, that are found within the body's cells and extracellular fluids, including blood plasma. They are important because they are what your cells (especially nerve, heart, muscle) use to maintain voltages across their cell membranes and to carry electrical impulses (nerve impulses, muscle contractions) across themselves and to other cells.
Your kidneys work to keep the electrolyte concentrations in your blood constant despite changes in your body. Typically, tests for electrolytes measure levels of sodium, potassium and chloride in the body. An electrolyte test is rarely tested without the advice of a doctor or other healthcare practitioner beforehand.
In order for one of our medical doctors to best interpret the results of this test, we recommend that you also complete a Kidney Check.
Sodium is both an electrolyte and mineral. It helps regulate the water (inside and outside the body's cells) and electrolyte balance of the body. Sodium is also important in how nerves and muscles work.
Potassium is essential to regulate how the heart beats. It also helps move nutrients into cells and waste products out of cells and influences how nerves and muscles communicate.
Chloride, like sodium, helps maintain a balance of fluids in the body.
Creatinine is a chemical waste molecule that is generated from muscle metabolism. Urine creatinine levels can be used to measure how effectively your kidneys are functioning.
We send you an easy-to-use kit to collect your urine 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 Urea and Electrolytes (urine) urine test sample collection kit which contains everything you need to take your urine sample in the comfort of your own home.
Your Urea and Electrolytes (urine) test includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your urine 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 urine sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.
Your urine 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 urine test results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your Urea and Electrolytes (urine) test results can be downloaded for your doctor.
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