Liver test for determining how your liver is performing
Your liver is a complex organ which performs a number of critical tasks. Your liver breaks down fats to aid digestion, fights illness and infections for immunity, removes toxins & poisons from your body, controls cholesterol levels, helps your blood to clot (thicken) and stores key nutrients and energy in the form of glycogen.
Your liver uses key proteins and enzymes to help perform these functions. Our test will look at these markers to ensure that your liver is performing properly. Elevated enzyme levels may indicate acute or chronic liver disease.
What does it test for?
This test will help determine how your liver is performing by looking at key enzymes which pass into your blood. If certain enzymes are raised or proteins are low, this can be a sign of inflammation or liver disease.
- Total Protein
- Alkaline Phosphatase
- Gamma GT
- Alanine Transferase (ALT)
Who should get tested?
Anybody who is interested in understanding how their liver is performing should take this test. Other more specific reasons include:
- If you are a heavy drinker.
- If you have used or are using performance enhancing drugs.
- If you have a family history of liver disease.
- If you have a history of gastrointestinal disease.
- If you have gallstones or a family history of such.
- If you suffer from an eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa.
- If you are taking medications which can harm your liver.
What are the symptoms?
Liver disease doesn’t usually cause any obvious signs or symptoms until it’s fairly advanced and the liver is damaged. At this stage, possible symptoms can include:
- Loss of appetite.
- Swelling in your belly.
- Dark urine or light-colored stool.
- Throwing up or feeling like you might.
- Weakness or feeling very tired.
- Yellowish eyes or skin (jaundice).
Why getting a liver function test is important
Poor lifestyle choices such as drinking alcohol, poor diet, taking performance enhancing drugs or harmful medications can accelerate your chances of developing liver damage or chronic liver disease.
Common risk factors
Common causes include hepatitis, genetic disorders such as hemochromatosis or wilson’s disease, cancers or growths, chronic alcohol abuse or fat accumulating in the liver which is known as fatty liver disease.
Early detection is vital
Liver damage or chronic disease can be symptomless and early detection is critical to avoiding long term consequences such as liver failure or other complications which can adversely affect your personal health.
How to provide a sample
Watch our instructional video to see how easy it is to collect your sample.