Core Lifestyle: Essential Health

Your heart and liver are vital organs at the core of your health. This test kit measures the fats – good and bad cholesterol and triglycerides – in your blood which increase your risk of heart disease and stroke.

The kit also analyses a complete profile of your liver function. Poor liver health puts you at risk from heart disease, low energy and weight gain. Together this is an essential profile to understanding your lifestyle risks.

The Core Lifestyle Essential Health Test includes:

  1. The cholesterol test
  2. The liver function test

1. Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that occurs naturally in your body and is found in all your cells. It is especially important for your brain, nerves and skin. Cholesterol is produced by your liver and you can also obtain it from your diet.

Cholesterol is vital for good health and shouldn’t be feared in its normal range. It is absolutely essential to your health and plays a vital role in hormone production, cell health, cell generation and cell function. But having too much cholesterol is a risk-factor in heart disease.

High cholesterol is a risk-factor in heart disease and high blood pressure.

Potential problems begin only when the cholesterol level rises to the point is starts forming plaques – or blockages – in different blood vessels of the body. Those blockages can potentially cause a heart attack or stroke (potentially leading to partial paralysis) A common problem of too-high cholesterol is high blood pressure. This condition known as hypertension can affect younger people also.

Learn more about cholesterol

What are the symptoms of high cholesterol?

High cholesterol itself typically does not have any symptoms which is why it’s important to get tested.

The conditions that arise due to high-cholesterol do, of course, have symptoms and when those symptoms present themselves, the situation can be quite serious. So, prevention through testing is recommended.

2. Liver Function

Liver tests measure specific enzymes and proteins in your blood and can help determine if your liver is working correctly. The liver performs a number of vital bodily functions, such as:

  • removing contaminants and bacteria from your blood
  • converting nutrients from the foods you eat
  • regulating blood sugar levels
  • storing minerals and vitamins
  • regulating blood clotting
  • producing cholesterol, proteins, enzymes, and bile
  • making factors that fight infection
  • processing substances that could harm your body
  • maintaining hormone balances

Problems with the liver can make a person very sick and can even be life-threatening.

Learn more about liver function

What are the symptoms of a liver disorder?

Symptoms of a liver disorder include:

  • jaundice (yellowing of skin and eyes) – the most common symptom
  • weakness, fatigue or loss of energy
  • weight loss
  • fluid collection in the abdomen
  • discoloured bodily waste (dark urine or light stools)
  • nausea or vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • abdominal pain
  • abnormal bruising or bleeding

If you are experiencing some of these symptoms make an appointment with your doctor to discuss.

Order a Core Lifestyle Essential Health Test Kit

Order a Core Lifestyle Essential Health Test Kit. Measure your cholesterol and liver function to assess your lifestyle risk.

Get the convenience of home testing with the reassurance of professional clinical analysis. Your results are delivered quickly and securely online.

This Core Lifestyle Essential Health Test is advised if you:

  • are overweight or obese (have a high BMI)
  • are, or have been, a smoker
  • don’t do much exercise or lead a sedentary lifestyle
  • drink alcohol regularly or are a binge drinker
  • suffer from an eating disorder
  • are taking medications that cause toxic liver disease, which includes too much paracetamol, ibuprofen & aspirin
  • have had gallstones
  • have had gastrointestinal disease (e.g. IBS)
  • take performance enhancing drugs, including steroids and creatine
  • have an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism)
  • have diabetes, or impaired glucose tolerance
  • have family history of heart or liver disease
  • have immediate family who have had a heart attack, stroke or heart bypass surgery
  • have kidney disease
  • have polycystic ovary syndrome
  • want the convenience of home testing without waiting for a GP appointment
  • need a high quality, clinically accredited test done in a professional clinical laboratory

What is tested?

  1. Cholesterol: good cholesterol, bad cholesterol, triglycerides
  2. Liver Function: alanine aminostransferase, alkaline phosphatase, bilirubin, gamma-glutamyl transferase, globulins, total protein

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SIGNIFICANCE: Your heart and liver are vital organs at the core of your health. This test kit measures the fats in your blood and how well your liver is working.

May 7, 2020