For serious nutrition and sporting health at all levels. We’ve created a specific series of tests for athletes who want to optimise performance and fully understand their training intensity, energy levels and underlying health.
Your blood is vital at delivering nutrients and oxygen to your muscles so we measure your general blood health, immunity status and haemoglobin levels. Crucially we also measure your glycaemic control – how well your body is managing blood sugar levels.
Essential vitamins and minerals are analysed, to evaluate your general energy levels and ability to efficiently use and rebuild your blood & musculoskeletal system.
Finally your general stress and inflammation levels are evaluated – this helps ensure you are not overtraining and get the most from your program.
The Sport PLUS: Direct Performance test helps fully understand your lifestyle risks and where they can be improved. The test includes:
Diabetes is a metabolic disease that causes high blood sugar. The hormone insulin moves sugar from the blood into your cells to be stored or used for energy. With diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t effectively use the insulin it does make.
Untreated high blood sugar from diabetes can damage your nerves, eyes, kidneys, and other organs.
There are a few different types of diabetes:
Each type of diabetes has unique symptoms, causes, and treatments. We will only be looking at Type 2 Diabetes here.
Diabetes symptoms are caused by rising blood sugar. The general symptoms of diabetes include:
Diabetes symptoms can be so mild that they’re hard to spot at firs which is why testing is important.
Blood tests can help doctors:
The test we offer is the Full Blood Count (FBC – also known as a Complete Blood Count). An FBC is an easy and very common blood test that screens for certain disorders that can affect your health.
The FBC can help detect blood diseases and disorders, such as anaemia, infections, clotting problems, blood cancers, and immune system disorders. This test measures many different parts of your blood.
An FBC measures a variety of the blood’s components and their sub-components, i.e:
Our Inflammation home blood test kit assesses low levels of inflammation in your body using hs-CRP, a highly sensitive clinical marker. This allows you to indicate your risk from cardiovascular diseases including stroke, heart attack and death in apparently healthy individuals. It can also be used to monitor sporting performance, since levels of inflammation can be elevated following over-training.
Inflammation happens when your body responds to threats like microbial invaders, poisonous chemicals, and physical injuries. Signs of acute (short-term) inflammation include redness and swelling at the affected part of your body.
The inflammatory response (inflammation) occurs when tissues are injured by bacteria, trauma, toxins, heat, or any other cause. The damaged cells release chemicals including histamine, bradykinin, and prostaglandins. These chemicals cause blood vessels to leak fluid into the tissues, causing swelling. This helps isolate the foreign substance from further contact with body tissues.
The chemicals also attract white blood cells called phagocytes that “eat” germs and dead or damaged cells. This process is called phagocytosis. Phagocytes eventually die. Pus is formed from a collection of dead tissue, dead bacteria, and live and dead phagocytes.
Inflammation can be short-term (a few days) but when it persists for months or years, it’s called chronic inflammation.
Our Full Vitamins & Minerals home blood test kit checks several biomarkers including Vitamin D so you can identify crucial vitamin & mineral deficiencies and optimise your nutritional intake.
Deficiencies can produce few or vague symptoms so it’s often difficult to identify them without testing and monitoring your progress.
Order a Sport Plus Direct Performance Test Kit. Monitor the big three lifestyle risk factors – heart disease, liver disease and diabetes – with this test kit.
Get the convenience of home testing with the reassurance of professional clinical analysis. Your results are delivered quickly and securely online.
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