Blood Testing at Ruth Eaton Clinic Bishops Stortford

Blood Testing at The Ruth Eaton Clinic

We are delighted to announce our new partnership with a medical analysis laboratory. We are now able to offer you a wide range of blood tests & allergy tests in the comfort of the clinic.

We all know how regular health checks are important for the early detection of disease or medical problems, so why not get the reassurance you want?

A comprehensive health screen which provides valuable insights into your current state of health. Includes tests for diabetes, iron, cholesterol, inflammation.

from £104

This screening is a comprehensive, quick and reassuring way of assessing your current state of health. Containing all the key tests your doctor would order, this panel of tests has been carefully selected to give you important insights into your health and well-being. Key tests include full blood count, kidney function, liver health, cholesterol, diabetes, iron status, and CRP-hs.

Who is this blood test for

The Essential Blood Test is aimed at individuals of all ages. It is an excellent entry-level health screen for people young and old for establishing baseline levels of many important health markers which can then be actively monitored for changes.

Everything in the Well Woman Check, this profile also includes thyroid function, female hormones FSH, LH and oestradiol as well as ferritin, vitamin B12.

from £184

The Well Woman UltraVit covers all the essentials plus important measures of iron storage, thyroid function and key vitamins. It is a quick and reassuring way of assessing your current state of health. This test is designed to give you base levels for a number of important health markers which can then be monitored over time using our dashboard and results tracker. Key tests include everything in the Well Woman Check: red blood cells, white blood cells, liver health, kidney function, bone health, gout, diabetes, iron status, cholesterol, inflammation and a test for ovarian cancer (CA-125) as well as ferritin, vitamin B12, folate, vitamin D and thyroid function. This profile also includes key female hormones FSH, LH and oestradiol as markers for fertility and menopause.

Who is this blood test for

The Well Woman UltraVit is a comprehensive health screen for women of all ages. With investigations into a wide variety of conditions from heart disease, diabetes, liver and kidney function, thyroid health and iron status, this health screen is a vital tool in understanding your current state of health.

Everything in the Well Man Check, this profile also includes an advanced prostate profile, thyroid function, testosterone, ferritin and important nutritional.

from £184

The Well Man UltraVit covers all the essentials plus important measures of iron storage and key vitamins as well as a free:total PSA ratio which is a more reliable indicator of prostate cancer than a simple PSA test. It is a quick and reassuring way of assessing your current state of health. This test is designed to give you base levels for a number of important health markers which can then be monitored over time using our dashboard and results tracker. Key tests include everything in the Well Man Check: red blood cells, white blood cells, liver health, kidney function, bone health, gout, diabetes, iron status, cholesterol, inflammation and a PSA test as well as ferritin, vitamin B12, folate, vitamin D, thyroid function and an advanced prostate profile. This profile also includes testosterone, a key male hormone for muscle mass, libido and fertility.

Who is this blood test for

The Well Man UltraVit is a comprehensive health screen for men of all ages but especially those who wish to have a more advanced prostate check, either because they have a family history of the disease or because they have concerns about their prostate health. With investigations into a wide variety of conditions from heart disease, diabetes, liver and kidney function, this health screen is a vital tool in understanding your current state of health.

A comprehensive thyroid screen to examine thyroid function including TSH, free (unbound) T3, free T4, total T4, and thyroid antibodies.

from £120

Situated in your neck, your thyroid gland’s job is to make all the hormones needed to regulate your body’s metabolism. This thyroid test can determine whether you are not producing enough hormones and have an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), or you’re creating too many hormones and have an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism).

As well as testing your levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), this profile measures thyroid hormones free thyroxine (FT4) and free triiodothyronine (FT3). You can suffer from symptoms of a thyroid disorder if your levels of hormones are too high (hyperthyroidism) to too low (hypothyroidism).

A very high proportion of thyroid disorders are caused by autoimmune disease, when the body’s immune system attacks its own cells. Thyroid Check Plus includes tests for thyroid antibodies (thyroglobulin antibody and thryoid peroxidse antibodies) with a view to diagnosing Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (underactive thyroid) or Graves’ disease (overactive thyroid) both of which are autoimmune diseases.

Women are more likely than men to suffer from thyroid problems and your risk of developing thyroid disease is higher if you or a close relative suffer from an autoimmune disease.

This blood test checks for the most common UK allergens including peanuts, soya and wheat.

from £234

This blood  test checks for the most common UK allergens with items from the food, grasses and animal categories.

This blood test includes a comprehensive list of nuts and seeds that may cause problems.

from £274

This blood test looks at markers for sugar consumption and control including blood glucose, HBA1c and insulin as well as lipids and the hunger hormone, leptin.

from £274

Many anti-ageing specialists are now focusing their attention on the role of sugar and refined carbohydrates as a major cause of premature ageing in the western world. It is already known that diabetes accelerates the ageing process, but current thinking is that even moderate consumption of sugar and starchy foods causes a chain reaction in our bodies leading to advanced glycation end products (AGE’s) which cause damage to skin, blood vessels and our organs.

The MediChecks Sugar Check blood test is a test for pre-diabetic or diabetic condition. Type 2 diabetes is a common metabolic disease which is now affecting younger and younger people. Caused by consuming too much sweet and starchy food together with a sedentary lifestyle, type 2 diabetes can develop into a serious health condition raising the risk of heart disease, cancer, kidney disease and blindness.

This blood test is for individuals who wish to monitor an already diagnosed diabetic condition or for those who believe that they may be at risk for diabetes and wish to take preventative action.  It is also useful for people who wish to control sugar as part of an anti-ageing strategy. The test, in identifying raised blood glucose and insulin levels can help to diagnose a pre-diabetic condition as well as type 2 diabetes.

The fasting blood glucose test measures the amount of sugar in the blood after a long period without food (preferably overnight).  A raised level can indicate insulin resistance and diabetes.

The glycosylated haemoglobin test (HBA1c) blood test gives an idea of how well the blood sugar level has been controlled in the previous 8 weeks or so. Haemoglobin is the oxygen-carrying component of red blood cells. A small part of it is bound to glucose to form glycosylated haemoglobin. In normal people 3-8% of  haemoglobin is glycosylated but in people with uncontrolled diabetes levels can be as high as 8-20%.

Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas in response to the food that we eat. One of its main roles is to remove sugar from the blood and store it in the cells for future energy use.  Raised insulin levels can be a sign of insulin resistance which occurs when the cells fail to respond to the normal actions of insulin. Insulin resistance often remains undetected but can be a sign of type 2 diabetes.

Leptin is a hormone produced by our fat cells which regulates the amount of fat stored in our body, mostly by affecting hunger. In obese people leptin levels can rise so that affected people are in a constant state of hunger. Leptin levels can be reduced through fasting and exercise as well as by getting a good night’s sleep.

A test which measures vitamin B12 and vitamin B12 active in the blood for a thorough assessment of B12 status.

from £104

Vitamin B12 is transported in the blood bound to proteins – it is only the vitamin B12 that is bound to holotranscobalamin that is active in our cells. This test measures both active B12 (which represents about 20% of total B12) and total B12 to give a thorough picture of B12 status.

Cortisol blood tests are used to assess stress levels and help diagnose Cushing syndrome and Addison’s disease, which are adrenal disorders.

from £108

Cortisol is a steroid hormone, produced by the adrenal gland. It’s vital for survival as it’s involved in various important functions such as immunity, regulating blood pressure and releasing insulin for blood sugar maintenance. Cortisol has been termed ‘the stress hormone’ because it’s also secreted in higher levels during the body’s ‘fight or flight’ response to stress, and is responsible for several stress-related changes in the body.

This test establishes the levels of cortisol before leading to a diagnosis. Cushing syndrome is caused by too much cortisol, while Addison’s disease is caused by damage to the adrenal, and is associated with too little cortisol.

A test that checks red blood cell, iron, white blood cell and platelet cell levels, plus any other bodily deficiency that may cause anaemia.

from £184

Anaemia is a condition in which the oxygen carrying pigment (haemaglobin) is below normal.

To establish the type and cause a Full Blood Count (FBC) should be carried out to look at the number, type and form of the red blood cells.

Anaemia can be caused by various conditions, including the bone marrow not being able to produce blood cells, an iron deficiency, vitamin B12 deficiency or a premature destruction of red cells in the body.

This check is made up of various tests to establish a diagnosis. They include a hemocrit (Hct) test to assess how much of the blood consists of red blood cells, mean corpuscular volume (MCP) and mean corpuscular volume (MCV) tests, a comprehensive look at your iron levels and a ferritin check.

The FBC (Full Blood Count) blood test, also known as a Complete Blood Count (CBC) or Haematology Profile, examines the components of blood, including red and white blood cells and platelets.

from £114

All blood cells are made in the bone marrow, the centre of large bones. Some medications or diseases can damage the bone marrow, which in turn can reduce the numbers of different types of red or white blood cells.

This FBC (Full Blood Count) blood test provides important information about the type, number and appearance of cells in the blood, especially red blood cells (vital for carrying oxygen around the body), white blood cells (key to the body’s immune system), and clotting cells (important for controlling and stopping bleeding). This is an important test for the diagnoses of anaemia which is caused by insufficient red blood cells or haemoglobin as assessing immune function.

A blood test for oestrogen, progesterone and FSH levels in women who are taking hormone replacement therapy.

from £144

Broadly, HRT means the replacement of any deficient hormone. More commonly, and in this Profile, it refers to the use of oestrogen and progesterone, to relieve menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes, lethargy, sleep disturbance and vaginal dryness. Oestrogen hormones also help to prevent osteoporosis and atherosclerosis.

A simple finger-prick blood test which measures levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) which can indicate menopausal status.

from £114

Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) is produced by the pituitary gland and stimulates production of eggs and oestradiol during the first half of the menstrual cycle. Levels of FSH naturally rise at the time of the menopause as ovarian function declines oestrogen and progesterone levels fall. Raised levels of FSH can indicate that a women has entered the peri-menopause, a period which can last several years until her periods stop altogether.

A blood test to check the total levels of DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone) in your blood, along with the general health of your adrenal gland.

from £174

DHEA, Dehydroepiandrosterone, is a steroid hormone produced from cholesterol by the adrenal glands. Chemically, it’s very similar to testosterone and estrogen and is easily converted into those hormones. It affects all areas of health and wellbeing.

After they are produced, DHEA enters the bloodstream, and travels around the body before being absorbed in our cells. It is then converted into male hormones, known as androgens, and female hormones, known as estrogens.

DHEA levels in the body naturally decline as you get older. However, there is currently research in to whether lower levels of DHEA can explain certain age-related ailments and whether taking DHEA supplements will keep them at bay, such as heart disease in older men, its ability to boost the immune system, and whether it can help in managing diabetes and easing lupus symptoms.