Calcium (Ca) Testing
How to check your Calcium levels with a home fingerprick blood test kit
What Is A Calcium Test For?
The Calcium (Ca) Test allows you to accurately check your levels of Calcium in a fingerprick blood sample.
Nearly all (99%) of your body's calcium is found in the bones. The rest circulates in your blood in both 'free' and 'bound' forms.
This test measures for the total amount of calcium in your blood and can indicate low (hypocalcaemia) or high (hypercalcaemia)
What If Calcium Test Levels Are High?
High calcium levels are known as hypercalcaemia, meaning you have too much calcium in your blood, As about half of the calcium in your blood is bound by the protein abumin you should also check if this is at normal levels or not.
There are a wide range of causes of high calcium and this warrants further investigation to address the cause.
What If Calcium Test Levels Are Low?
Also called hypocalcaemia, this means that you do not have enough calcium in your blood. The most common cause of this is low protein levels, especially low albumin, so you should review this also. Other causes include deficiencies in dietary calcium, vitamin D and magnesium or conditions such as chronic kidney or bone disease.
Calcium is particularly important to maintain bone growth and in post-menopausal women who may develop low bone mass and be at risk of osteoporosis. A healthy diet should be sufficient but you may wish to consider a supplement. It's important to discuss with your doctor the risks and benefits of starting any supplementation.
How To Test Calcium?
You can check your Calcium levels by buying a home fingerprick blood test kit from just £169 using the following test kits: