Looking at key areas to understand your overall health - cardiovascular health, diabetes risk and kidney function
Did you know that diabetes is also a risk factor for cardiovascular disease? We include blood sugar markers, as well as your inflammation levels and lifestyle related risk factors, so that you get a better assessment of your heart health than a cholesterol test alone. This can help you to make some important decisions about your future health.
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Frequently Asked Question
About the Metabolic Health Blood Test
If you are making some lifestyle changes, this health check will support you to see how those changes are working for you. Despite our best intentions sometimes changes to daily habits take time to establish, equally it’s good to know if they are having the impact you want. We test three areas to understand your overall health – cardiovascular health, Diabetes risk and kidney function.
Cardiovascular – Total Cholesterol, HDL Cholesterol, LDL Cholesterol and Triglycerides
Cholesterol is an essential type of lipid that helps to make hormones and form bile. Good cholesterol, or HDL, carries away excess amounts to the liver, while bad cholesterol (LDL) can collect in your organs and blood vessels, putting you at greater risk of cardiovascular disease.
Diabetes – HbA1C and Glucose
Type 2 diabetes is often triggered by poor lifestyle choices, including an unhealthy diet, excessive weight gain and smoking. Increasing age and a family history are also risk factors for its development. If left untreated, this condition can make you seriously unwell. Common symptoms include: extremely thirst, urinating excessively, tiredness, blurred vision. Testing to understand your risk can help you to manage it.
Kidney Function – Creatine, Sodium, Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR) and Uric Acid
Your kidneys are one of the most important organs in your body. Essentially, they filter toxins out of your blood and make sure vital substances like vitamins, glucose and amino acids are carried around your body. These organs are incredibly hard-working – it’s estimated they filter more than 227 litres of blood every day!
These tests combined will support diet and lifestyle choices and results can be tracked over time, which can lead to lasting health improvements.
Do I need to prepare?
This is a fasting test, you should not eat or drink (other than water – water is fine, please keep hydrated!) for 10 hours before the test. If this is not possible please let the nurse know and your results can be interpreted accordingly.
We suggest keeping your arm warm, as being cold can sometimes make it harder to draw your blood.
If blood tests make you anxious, let your nurse know at the start of your appointment. They will do their best to make the experience as stress-free as possible.
What you’ll be tested for
We focus on cardiovascular health, diabetes and kidney function, looking at the following markers:
Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR)
How do I get my results?
Melio Health are our labs and diagnostic partner for screening services. They will provide you with your results in 2-3 working days of testing. During you appointment you will be registered for a account with Melio Health. You will receive your results through this portal once the doctors have analysed them. You will be notified by an SMS that your results are ready for you to view.
Your results are trackable over time, so you can book a follow up test once you have started your life style changes to see how the impact on your body.
Is there an age limit for the test?
Superdrug blood tests are available for patients aged 16 years and older.
What can I expect to happen?
When you attend your appointment the nurse will ask you some basic medical questions to ensure you are well enough for the blood test. Your screen will consist of a blood sample, usually from your arm which will subsequently be sent to our lab in order for testing.
Health assessments from Superdrug Nurse Clinics provide an accessible way to understand your health. This provides you with information to start making some decisions about your future health. The metabolic heath check focuses on heart health. At the same time we also looks at blood sugar markers (Hba1c and glucose) and inflammation, to take into consideration diabetes risk and kidney function.
For more in depth assessment you could consider our Advanced Health Check.