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Homocysteine - Why is it so important?

RECENT BREAKTHROUGH

In the wake of a recent breakthrough announcement of a twice-a-day pill to slow the progress of Alzheimer's disease, a leading UK Biochemist, Dr Gill Hart who is Scientific Director at Lorisian, our laboratory partner in diagnostic testing, is calling on the public to consider the crucial role of prevention in tackling the condition.  She commented: "While this new drug is undoubtedly a very exciting development, it is also hugely important to acknowledge the role of lifestyle factors in predisposing us to certain conditions, such as Alzheimer's disease".

"As raised levels of Homocysteine are linked to Alzheimer's, dementia, declining memory, poor concentration and judgment, Homocysteine has therefore been shown to play a crucial role as a key marker for disease development determining longevity and health throughout a person's life."

WHAT IS HOMOCYSTEINE AND WHY SHOULD WE TEST IT?

Homocysteine is a naturally occurring amino acid involved in essential chemical pathways in the body.  Increasingly, medical experts are warning that elevated levels in the blood could be more important than high cholesterol.  


Raised levels of homocysteine can predict the development of:

•  Heart disease

•  Strokes

•  Infertility

•  Alzheimer's and dementia

ARE YOU AT RISK?

Many factors are thought to raise homocysteine.  Family history and genetic makeup can play a significant part and normal levels also increase with age.  If you tick any of these boxes, you could be at risk:


•  If you smoke

•  If you drink excessive amounts of alcohol or caffeine

•  If you have a sedentary lifestyle

•  If you are overweight

•  If you are a strict vegetarian or vegan

•  If you have a family history of heart disease, stroke or Alzheimer's

"Between 10-15%of the population has a genetic defect contributing to raised homocysteine levels."

HOMOCYSTEINE TESTING - A VITAL HEALTH CHECK TO IDENTIFY AND REDUCE YOUR HEALTH RISKS

Arguably a more important measure of health than cholesterol and implicated in the development of conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, stroke and infertility, there is no ignoring that Homocysteine levels are a vital indicator of your wellbeing. Lorisian, our partner laboratory, is the only provide in the world to offer a finger-prick blood test for Homocysteine that can be carried out here in-clinic or sent to your home.  This is then sent for analysis at the company's fully-accredited UK laboratory.

WANT TO KNOW MORE?

Taking the test is easy and the benefits to your health and wellbeing could be life changing.  

Our Homocysteine Test is £149.00 

To have a chat about Homocysteine testing or to book an appointment please contact our clinic on: 01484 454845 or email: reception@ninatorina.com or you can order your test online here and we will deliver it to you via a FREE, TRACKED COURIER SERVICE.