Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP) Testing
How to check your Alkaline Phosphatase levels with a home fingerprick blood test kit
What Is An Alkaline Phosphatase Test For?
An Alkaline Phosphatase test is also known as an Alk. Phos. test.
The Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP) Test allows you to accurately check your levels of Alkaline Phosphatase in a fingerprick blood sample.
Alkaline phosphatase is an enzyme found in the human body in the kidneys, liver, bones and digestive system.
High levels of ALP typically result from liver damage or if you have increased bone cell activity.
What If Alkaline Phosphatase Test Levels Are High?
This usually results from a disorder of either the bone or liver. If other liver function test results are also raised, this usually indicates a form of liver damage is occurring.
Several natural circumstances such as eating a big meal before the test, pregnancy or healing a bone fracture can lead to elevated ALP. If this is not the case - and especially where other liver function or bone marker tests are also elevated - you should investigate further with your G.P.
What If Alkaline Phosphatase Test Levels Are Low?
Low ALKP is rare and can indicate malnutrition, which may have been caused by the celiac disease (a digestive disorder) or due to a deficiency in certain vitamins and minerals.
If your low ALKP is due to malnutrition it's likely you'll see other signs such as a low body weight and low blood levels of other proteins, vitamins and minerals - particularly Vitamin B12, magnesium and zinc.
Genetic, hormonal and other conditions can also influence this so may require further investigation.
How To Test Alkaline Phosphatase?
You can check your Alkaline Phosphatase levels by buying a home fingerprick blood test kit from just £169 using the following test kits:
Other Biomarkers Often Tested With Alkaline Phosphatase
Alkaline Phosphatase: Further Reading & Citations
To learn more about testing for Alkaline Phosphatase you may wish to review the following sources: