16 Feb Health Made Simple: Understanding your blood health
Blood accounts for almost 10% of our total body weight and when something goes wrong with the blood, it can affect the whole body.
At Randox Health, our Full Blood Count (FBC) provides a detailed picture of how healthy your blood is. One of the most common blood disorders is anaemia, which is thought to affect almost one in three people across the globe. The most frequent type of anaemia is iron deficiency anaemia, which happens when we do not have enough iron to support the normal production of red blood cells. There are many other types of anaemia, including vitamin B12 deficiency anaemia, anaemia of chronic disease (e.g. Crohn’s disease and cancer) and aplastic anaemia (when the body does not produce enough red blood cells).
FBC – Anaemia
Any type of anaemia can leave you feeling dizzy, weak, tired and short of breath. Unfortunately it takes a while for these symptoms to develop and they could be confused with many other conditions. Therefore, a lot of people are living with it and do not realise that they have it. However, at Randox Health, with one blood sample, we detect the earliest signs of anaemia – even before these unpleasant symptoms develop.
At the same time, we measure many different vitamins, Digestive Health markers, iron markers and more. Our Full Blood Count can also identify issues associated with many RBCs (erythrocytosis), rare hereditary blood disorders, infection, allergic reactions, dietary deficiencies, inflammatory bowel disease and in rare cases, leukaemia and lymphoma.
Iron Status & Genetic Hemochromatosis
Having too much iron (iron overload) can be just as detrimental as not having enough.
Iron overload can be caused by a hereditary condition known as genetic haemochromatosis (GH), when the body absorbs too much iron from food. Excess iron stored in the body can cause damage to various organs, especially the liver, heart and pancreas.
Early diagnosis and treatment of GH can seriously improve the outcome for individuals with the condition, by preventing any further organ damage. Most of the time, without the use of blood tests, GH will go undetected until it is too late and damage has occurred. Randox Health not only offers a test to screen for the genetic mutations most commonly associated with GH, we can also check at the same time for damage to other parts of the body as a result of high iron levels (e.g. diabetes, liver damage and heart damage).
Furthermore, if you do have GH, your close family members should also be screened for the condition.
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