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.
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.
Learn all about Alkaline Phosphatase Testing:
- Alkaline Phosphatase Testing UK Statistics 2021
- What If Alkaline Phosphatase Test Levels Are High?
- What If Alkaline Phosphatase Test Levels Are Low?
- How To Test Alkaline Phosphatase?
- Why Take The Liver Function Test?
- Who Should Take The Liver Function Blood Test?
- How Much Do Liver Function Tests Cost?
- What Is An Alkaline Phosphatase Blood Test?
- When Should I Take An Alkaline Phosphatase Blood Test?
- What Is Considered A High Alkaline Phosphatase?
- What Does A High Alkaline Phosphatase Mean?
- Should I Be Worried If My Alkaline Phosphatase Is High?
- What Causes A High Alkaline Phosphatase?
- How Can I Decrease My Alkaline Phosphatase Levels?
- How Long Does It Take For Alkaline Phosphatase Levels To Return To Normal?
- What Is The Process For An Alkaline Phosphatase Blood Test?
- Further Reading On Alkaline Phosphatase Tests At Home
Alkaline Phosphatase Testing UK Statistics 2021
7.0% of people tested have Alkaline Phosphatase levels which are too high.
And 2.2% have levels that are too low.
The average Alkaline Phosphatase result is 76.2 IU/L
Note what is normal for you may differ for your age and gender.
Women tend to report higher alkaline phosphatase blood levels in their blood than men.
As many as one in eleven women tested have high levels of Alkaline Phosphatase
of people have Alkaline Phosphatase blood levels in the normal range. Do you?
Are you in the 90.8% with normal results?
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?
The Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP) Test allows you to accurately check your levels of Alkaline Phosphatase in a fingerprick blood sample.
You can check your Alkaline Phosphatase levels by buying a home fingerprick blood test kit below. Your sample is then professionally analysed in an accredited laboratory for total reassurance. The Vitall Liver Function Home Test Kit includes a Alkaline Phosphatase test and is available for just £39.
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