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What you should know about a bone profile blood test

A bone profile test helps determine how the body’s metabolism affects the skeleton. As you get older, your bone’s original strength reduces, and the bone may also become weak from conditions such as osteoporosis.

The bone consists of collagen, a protein that gives the skeleton its framework and strength. The bone also contains calcium phosphate, a calcified complex that hardens the bone. The bone markers indicate the bone’s turnover system, and alongside the bone density testing, they can identify bone diseases such as osteoporosis.

What is a bone profile blood test?

The bone profile blood test analyses and measures the enzymes, minerals and proteins in the bone. This test is important because it determines the exact health of the bones and ensures that they develop and repair properly.

The bones make up your skeleton, aiding better movement, posture and overall health, but growing older weakens your skeletal system. Older adults require this test since they are more susceptible to bone issues.

Bone profile blood tests determine your overall health, including the following.

  • Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis makes the bones more fragile and brittle. Ageing causes the bone to lose density, but heavy drinking, hormone imbalance and diet can also contribute to this condition.

  • Paget disease of bone

This common bone condition affects bone turnover or renewal, meaning how the bone tissues regrow. You will need vitamin D testing if your doctor suspects this bone condition.

  • Bone cancer

Bone cancer is rare, but it causes swelling, lumps and bone pain

  • Thyroid and liver problems

A bone profile blood test also helps in diagnosing thyroid and parathyroid issues. The parathyroid and thyroids are essential in maintaining the balance of calcium and phosphorus levels. This may also indicate liver problems since it identifies enzymes and proteins produced in the liver.

What does a bone profile blood test check for?

The bone profile blood test checks for the following

  • Calcium
  • Phosphate
  • Alkaline phosphatase
  • Albumin

What is the result of a bone profile blood test?

The following are the result ranges of the four basic parameters in a bone profile blood test.

  • Albumin – 35 – 50g/L
  • Calcium –2 – 2.6mmol/L
  • Alkaline phosphatase – 30 – 130u/L for adults
  • Phosphate –74 – 1.4mmol/L

Private Blood Tests London offers a bone profile blood test to check your bone health and diagnose bone conditions. Visit us today or call 020 7183 0244 to book your appointment for a bone profile blood test.