Combining globulin and albumin to give a total protein reading is a useful way to help determine a number of health problems, including kidney and liver disorders and malnutrition, i.e. a lack of vital nutrients in your diet.
You’ll also receive other relevant readings including glucose, cholesterol and uric acid to help put your result into the proper context.
Globulin levels can help diagnose a number of conditions, including liver or kidney disease, nutritional problems and even certain types of cancer. So lower than normal globulin levels in your blood may indicate liver or kidney disease. Conversely, high levels can help indicate infection, inflammatory disease or immune disorders. High levels could also point to certain types of cancer, such as multiple myeloma, Hodgkin’s disease, or malignant lymphoma. Albumin levels can help determine the function of your liver. Low levels of albumin in your blood could be a sign of liver disease, malnutrition and inflammation. Higher than normal levels could be caused by infections, burns or stress to your body, for example from surgery or a heart attack. Low total protein levels could indicate problems with your kidney or liver. High levels may be caused by dehydration or certain types of cancer which prevent absorption of protein in your body, allowing protein to build-up.
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.