For the Collection of Serum (Portion of Blood) for Testing
At-home blood sample collection device for measuring your bone health by measuring the levels of 5 different markers. Results are provided within 24 hours of the sample reaching the laboratory.
Maintaining healthy bones is crucial for mobility and movement, blood cell production and mineral storage. Having healthy bones prevents conditions such as osteoporosis and reduces the risk of fractures. Help your bone health by maintaining a balanced diet rich in calcium and vitamin D, regular exercise and avoiding excessive alcohol and smoking. Calcium intake is crucial for bone strength, while vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium. Weight-bearing exercises such as walking or weightlifting support bone density.
WHO & WHEN?
Doctors may recommend a bone health check if you:
- Have experienced unexplained fractures
- Have a family history of osteoporosis or bone-related issues
- Are over 50 years old, because bone density tends to decrease with age
- Have certain medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease or hormonal disorders
- Take medications such as glucocorticoids that can affect bone health.
Abnormal values in this panel of tests would warrant referral to a physician for further investigation which may include bone scans used to diagnose or rule out the possibility of osteoporosis.
This sample kit contains a finger-prick blood collection device, along with clear instructions. Samples collected at home are couriered to and tested at the BioSmart accredited pathology laboratory.
Blood is tested to determine the levels of:
- Vitamin D
- Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP)
Your bone health report will come in an easy-to-understand format with a detailed breakdown of results, what they mean and your next steps.
PLEASE NOTE: This product is not intended to compensate for diagnosis, treatment, cure, or mitigation of medical conditions. If you or a family member is experiencing any health-related problems, you should obtain medical advice from a certified health professional as this device may be harmful to your health. You are therefore advised to use this product with caution.
Disclaimer: Blood Sample Collection Method
Finger-prick blood sampling is a less invasive alternative to venepuncture and is widely accepted for collecting capillary blood for certain tests. However, please note that results obtained from finger-prick samples may differ slightly from those obtained through traditional venepuncture due to factors such as sample size, collection technique and individual variability. While we take every precaution to ensure accuracy, it is important to consider the specific circumstances of the sample collection when interpreting results, especially for tests where small variations can be significant. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the sample collection method or its potential impact on your results, please consult your healthcare provider or the BioSmart laboratory.
Note: If you do not feel confident taking your own blood sample, we can help:
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Book a consultation at Clicks Cape Gate to have your sample collected.
Bring your receipt to Clicks Cape Gate on the day of the sample collection.
Pay Clicks Cape Gate directly for collecting a blood sample: R80.