Liver & Kidney Test - Verisana Lab

Liver & Kidney Test

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The liver is the largest organ in your body. It filters and detoxifies our blood, helps our digestion by producing bile and stores important vitamins and carbohydrates. The kidneys remove wastes from the body, clean the blood and regulate blood pressure. Just one of those organs not working properly can cause severe health issues. Our test allows you to monitor 5 important liver & kidney markers with a single test:

  1. ALT
  2. AST
  3. TBILI
  4. BUN
  5. CREAT

 

 

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  • Symptoms
  • Sample collection guide
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Details
Who should take the test?

The Liver and Kidney test is recommended when you want to monitor your most vital organs and want to ensure that your liver and kidneys are in good health.

As the largest organ in our body, our liver has 3 vital functions. It filters and detoxifies our blood, helps our digestion by producing bile and stores important vitamins and carbohydrates. At the same time, your kidneys remove wastes from the body and clean your bodily fluids. Every minute, about one liter enters the kidneys and is cleaned there, before flowing back into the body. Liver problems can be caused by a variety of factors that damage the liver, such as viruses, alcohol use, medications, and obesity. Abnormal kidney function can cause accumulation of waste products in the body, which can lead to fatigue, headaches, nausea, and more.

With our Liver and Kidney Test your status will be determined based on the following markers:

  • Alanine-aminotransferase (ALT)
  • Aspartate-aminotransferase (AST)
  • Total Bilirubin (TBILI)
  • Blood urea nitrogen (BUN)
  • Creatinine (CREAT)
How does it work?

You collect a dried blood spot sample from the comfort of your home, send it to our lab and will receive the lab results, including detailed information about your liver and kidney health markers.

What guidance will I get along with my results?

After the analysis was conducted, you will receive a lab report with explanations about the analyzed markers as well as information about possible symptoms that can occur when there is an imbalance. Further to that, we always recommend the discussion of the mailed results with your doctor or practitioner.

Although we do not offer medical advice ourselves, we will gladly assist you in finding a suitable therapist in your area. Besides, further information is available on our website, especially in the different test categories, under “health conditions” and the FAQs. Still have questions? Then you can contact us by writing an email to contact@verisana.com.

How is my privacy protected?

Samples for our tests are collected in the privacy of your own home. We and our partner laboratories (who may be contracted by us to conduct some or all analyses of your test) take customer privacy very seriously. Only you will have access to this information and we will not share your information with any not authorized third party. All samples are disposed of following analysis.

Test measures
For the Liver and Kidney Test we analyze:
  • Alanine-aminotransferase (ALT)
  • Aspartate-aminotransferase (AST)
  • Total Bilirubin (TBILI)
  • Blood urea nitrogen (BUN)
  • Creatinine (CREAT)
ALT

Alanine-aminotransferase (ALT) is an enzyme produced by the liver and has the primary function to help with chemical reactions in the body. Naturally, ALT in higher amounts can only be found in the liver, not in the blood. Therefore, low levels of ALT in the blood results are typical for a healthy adult. When the liver is damaged through accidents or diseases, ALT is released into the bloodstream causing ALT levels to rise. Elevated levels typically indicate a problem with liver cell integrity.

AST

Like ALT, aspartate-aminotransferase (AST) is an enzyme found in the liver and other organs, but usually not so much in the blood stream. Therefore, when organs are damaged, they release an excess of AST into the blood, which we can measure with our test. AST and ALT serve similar functions in our bodies, and as such include both markers in our tests to get a more concise picture of your organ health.

TBILI

Bilirubin is a yellow pigment that is produced during the normal process of red blood cells dying. When a red blood cell has reached the end of its life, it is broken down into different components. Bilirubin is one of these components. On its way to the liver, the bilirubin circulates through the blood, before the liver excretes the bilirubin through bile. Our lab test measures the Total Bilirubin (TBILI) in the blood, including direct and indirect bilirubin.

BUN

Blood urea nitrogen (BUN) is a waste product formed during the process in which our bodies break down proteins. It travels into the kidneys via the bloodstream and healthy kidneys then filter the urea from the blood through urine.
Decreased BUN levels are rare but are not a cause for concern. Occasionally, malnutrition, or over-hydration can cause BUN levels to be unusually low.
Increased BUN levels may indicate that the kidneys are unable to effectively remove urea from the blood. As such, measuring the BUN level helps to evaluate the kidney function. During pregnancy, BUN levels usually fluctuate, so increased levels during pregnancy are not a cause for concern. High protein diet or gastrointestinal bleeding usually also cause excessive protein breakdown and therefore can also elevate BUN levels.

CREAT

Creatinine (CREAT) is another waste product. It is formed by the breakdown of creatine, a key molecule in muscular metabolism. Healthy kidneys are removing creatinine from the blood and expel it in urine. A kidney or urinary tract disorder reduces the excretion of creatinine and thus raises the blood levels. Therefore, blood creatinine levels are a good indicator to evaluate kidney function.
Decreased levels may indicate lower muscle mass, which can be caused by aging, but also by diseases like muscular dystrophy. A diet very low in protein can have the same effect. During pregnancy creatinine blood levels are generally slightly lower, which is no cause for concern.

 

Symptoms
Symptoms the Liver and Kidney Test is suitable for:
  • Loss of appetite
  • Feeling unwell and tired all the time
  • Tenderness/pain in the liver area
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Itchy skin
  • Jaundice
  • Oedema
  • Pale-coloured or very dark/black tarry stools
Sample collection guide
General

Please read the following instructions in detail, before starting with the sample collection.

Please download the instructions here

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Any Questions?

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What can cause increased ALT levels?

Increased ALT levels may be caused by a lot of things, such as: Damage to red blood cells, heat stroke, too much vitamin A, muscle injury, alcohol abuse and drugs such as statins, aspirin, antibiotics, chemotherapy, barbiturates, and narcotics.

I am not getting enough blood from my finger, what can I do?

Prepare the blood draw well: Hold your hand a little longer under warm water and circle your arm to stimulate blood circulation. Prick the finger on the side, not directly on top of the fingertip. The middle or ring finger of the non-dominant hand is usually best. When piercing, place your finger on a firm surface to avoid unconscious pulling back. A light squeeze and massage towards the fingertip helps stimulate blood flow.

I am pregnant. Can this affect the outcome?

Yes, pregnancy, as well as vigorous exercise can cause an increase in AST levels. In this case, we recommend talking the results over with your doctor to determine whether for example a re-test is necessary.

What are the symptoms of kidney dysfunction?

Symptoms of kidney dysfunction include: Fatigue, lack of concentration, insomnia, swelling around the eyes, face, wrists, abdomen, or ankles, decrease or discoloration of urine mid-back pain, high blood pressure, nausea / vomiting and loss of appetite.

What can affect the kidney function?

Things that can affect kidney function are: A bacterial infection, reduced blood flow to the kidneys due to dehydration/ congestive heart failure/ diabetes, kidney stones or a high protein diet.

I am pregnant and my BUN levels are increased.

During pregnancy, BUN levels usually fluctuate, so increased levels during pregnancy are not a cause for concern. Creatinine blood levels on the other hand are generally slightly lower during pregnancy, which is also no cause for concern.

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