Tiredness Blood Test

Tiredness Blood Test


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Why take this test?

  • you're tired of feeling tired and want to get your energy back
  • you are more tired than usual 
  • you want to check for the common causes of low energy

Most people suffer from fatigue and tiredness from time-to-time, and it can results from poor sleep or just having a few things on your mind. 

However, for some people, lack of energy becomes chronic and everyday tasks become more and more difficult. 

This profile aims to get to the cause of low energy levels and checks

Ferritin is a protein which stores iron in your cells for your body to use later. Measuring ferritin levels gives  a good indication of the amount of iron stored in your body. 

Low levels of ferritin can indicate anaemia which can be caused by excessive or chronic bleeding, poor absorption of iron or too little iron in the diet.  

Raised ferritin levels can indicate iron overload syndrome (haemochromatosis) or any kind of liver damage. It is also a marker of infection and inflammation. 

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 midday 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. 
Vitamin B12 is important for production of red blood cells which carry oxygen around the body - low levels can cause anaemia with associated symptoms of lack of energy and fatigue. It is also important in metabolism and for the nervous system and prolonged lack of vitamin B12 may cause nerve damage. Vitamin B12 is almost entirely found in meat and animal food products. 

Around 70% of vitamin B12 is bound to carrier proteins in your blood. This test measures the level of unbound or active B12 which is available for your cells. 
A common reason for elevated B12 is over-supplementation. Raised levels of vitamin B12 may indicate a blood or liver disorder. 

Low levels are seen in people with pernicious anaemia, an autoimmune disease which prevents the absorption of vitamin B12, or anyone who suffers from absorption problems such as the elderly, people with inflammatory bowel conditions and alcoholics. Vegetarians and vegans can also be low in vitamin B12, especially if they don't consume foods which have been fortified with vitamin B12 or take B12 supplements. 

All sample reports are for representational and educational purposes only. All data included in no way represents an actual patient. Any comparisons of results to actual patients, is completely incidental
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How does it work? 

Choose your test online, and you will receive your testing kit within 3 working days Not sure what you want? Let us know and we can help you. Just mail us help@nutripharmdirect.com

How do I take a finger prick test? 

Please check this link 

And take a look at the guide enclosed with your kit.

How should I post my sample? 

All our test kits come with a prepaid envelope and it’s very important you post it the very same morning you take your test, preferably before the midday post collection, to ensure we receive it the following day. We recommend you do your test Monday to Wednesday as weekend post can be problematic. If you're worried that you can't rely on the post in your region, we suggest sending it guaranteed next day delivery to ensure the sample arrives in good time.

I’ve received an e mail to say my test has failed. What should I do next? 

Please e mail us at help@nutripharmdirect.com, and we’ll speak to you directly to figure out what went wrong. We will provide you with a replacement test at a cover charge of £10.

Has my sample been received? 

We normally send you an email to let you know we have received your sample. If for some reason this has not happened after 5 days of sending it, we will send you out a new one at no charge.

What if I’m struggling to fill the finger prick sample tube? 

Please check this link

Where are my results? 

Your results should be with you after 3 working days of posting your sample. 
If not, please email us at help@nutripharmdirect.com and we will check.

My blood results are a little different to the ones I’ve had with my GP? Are they still valid? 

There are a few reasons why this may vary, and quite simply diet, supplements, medications, dehydration to name but a few can be reasons for the difference. 
On top of that, there are a few other more technical reasons such as 
Pre-analytical variation; this relates to changes that may occur to the sample before it reaches the lab, for example temperature fluctuations during transport.

Are NHS tests more accurate than private blood tests?

All accredited laboratories are subject to the same strict rules and quality control procedures as one another and therefore NHS blood tests are not inherently more accurate than private tests, or vice versa. Very often NHS laboratories use the same laboratories as private testing, and all labs operate under strict regulation.

Can I trust a finger-prick blood test? And is it accurate? 

Finger-prick samples have been proven to be as accurate as venous samples provided that the samples have been collected correctly and an adequate sample volume has been obtained.
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