We are all becoming more aware of the importance of a healthy diet and active lifestyle, but the effects of convenience foods and a sedentary lifestyle can make achieving a balance difficult. We are aware of the hazards of smoking and excessive alcohol consumption and we know that including plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables in our diet is important. But even when we seem to be ticking all the boxes to minimise future health problems, we can still be at risk of a number of diseases because of a substance called Homocysteine.
What is Homocysteine?
Homocysteine is a naturally occurring amino acid involved in essential chemical pathways in the body. Although it is a natural substance, too much of it could be harmful. Increasingly, medical experts are warning that raised levels in the blood could be more concerning than high cholesterol.
What are the effects of high Homocysteine?
High levels of Homocysteine in your blood have been implicated in the following:
Heart Disease and Stroke
Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Research has shown that lowering Homocysteine levels by just 3µmol/L can reduce the risk of:
Heart attacks by 16%
Strokes by 24%
DVT (deep vein thrombosis) by 25%
Am I at risk?
If you tick any of the boxes below, you may be at risk of increased Homocysteine levels.
If you smoke
Drinking excessive caffeine
little to no exercise
poor diet and/or are overweight
If you have diabetes
If you have rheumatoid arthritis
Levels can increase with age, oestrogen deficiency and with some medications, as well as for those following a strict vegan or vegetarian diets.
Whatever the state of your health a Homocysteine Test can help to assess your risk, allowing you to take action to reduce the risk and provide peace of mind for the future.
A simple, convenient test
Simple fingerprick blood sample
Clear, easy to understand results
Accurate and reproducible test
Lorisian Homocysteine Test is simple and easy to do, with instructions placed inside all test kits and free postage and package to post your results is provided.
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The UK’s only finger prick Homocysteine test available