Liver & Kidney Function Check
Liver function tests are used to measure levels of specific enzymes and proteins in your blood. Higher or lower than normal levels of these enzymes or proteins can indicate a problem with your liver which may require further investigation or treatment. Although it’s largely preventable, deaths from liver problems are increasing year-on-year in the UK, and at least 1.8 million people are currently affected.
Healthy kidneys filter waste and extra water from your body through your urine, make red blood cells, keep your bones healthy and control the PH levels in your body. When your kidneys fail, harmful wastes build up in your body, your blood pressure may rise, and your body can retain excess fluid, leading to swollen ankles and shortness of breath caused by water in your lungs.
Dr Cullimore says “Your liver performs a number of important jobs in your body, like regulating blood clotting, converting nutrients from the food you eat, helping fight infection and maintaining hormone balances. Contrary to popular belief, liver problems aren’t just a result of excessive alcohol consumption, but they can make you very ill and even lead to death. And up to two-thirds of people with kidney disease are unaware that they have this common condition. This is not unusual, since the disease usually presents no symptoms until it is at a serious stage when you may experience swollen ankles, shortness of breath, nausea and fatigue. But if it is discovered and treated early, mild or moderate kidney disease can often be treated to help slow down the damage caused or prevent the condition from getting worse – as with many conditions, early diagnosis is key. Although kidney disease can affect anyone, it’s worth noting that your risks increase if you have diabetes or high blood pressure, so if you have one of these conditions testing your kidney function is all the more important. So if you’ve been feeling more tired than usual, noticed stomach pains or swelling, felt nauseous, are overweight or you simply want to check that your liver and kidneys are functioning as they should be, this test is a good place to start.”
All our tests have been specially designed to be convenient and non-invasive. Once you’ve booked your appointment, full preparation instructions will be provided in your confirmation email or letter. You can continue to eat and drink normally before your appointment, and you’ll also remain fully clothed throughout.