Homocysteine, which is an amino acid (building block of protein) is formed in the body in connection with metabolism. When we eat food, it is converted into energy, during the conversion homocysteine is created. For this process to work, the body depends on a sufficient amount of both B vitamins and enzymes.
Homocysteine is measured through a blood test and gives an answer to the homocysteine value. An elevated homocysteine value is not seen as serious and usually does not cause any problems. Sometimes there are reasons why the homocysteine value is high, but not always.
The homocysteine value may be elevated caused by other factors such as e.g. certain medicines, various diseases or if you are deficient in vitamin B12, vitamin B6 and folic acid/folate etc. By measuring the homocysteine value, a possible deficiency of vitamins B6, B12 and folate can be detected, as the homocysteine levels rise even before the levels of vitamins B6, B12 and folate fall.
This is how it works: The test is a blood test that is carried out through a venous blood sample during a physical visit to the selected sampling unit.
Sample response: You normally have a response within 6 working days after taking the sample. The test answer is sent digitally to your e-mail. Together with your test results, you will receive a report in Swedish about your values and the doctor's comment. In case of major deviations from the reference value, the doctor will call you.
To think about: Be on site approx. 15 minutes before sampling and follow the instructions on site..
Remember: Bring valid identification with you when taking the sample.
The most common cause of an elevated homocysteine value is reduced kidney function, this is something everyone gets when they get older. Elevated homocysteine levels also occur with a lack of folic acid or vitamin B12 (cobalamin) or B6, which is often caused by malnutrition or reduced absorption of nutrients from the gut. It can also be due to lifestyle factors such as stress and smoking or poor diet and drinks such as large amounts of tea, coffee or alcohol, fatty foods and a lack of fish and vegetables.
People with low metabolism, psoriasis, kidney disease or people taking medicines containing the active substance metformin (used for type 2 diabetes) or omeprazole (for heartburn and stomach ulcers) may have elevated homocysteine levels.
Low metabolism and osteoporosis are diseases that can lead to an elevated homocysteine value.
The test will be launched shortly.
The sampling is performed by experienced staff at one of our clinics in Stockholm and Gothenburg. Test results and (including any travel certificate) are sent digitally via e-mail.
We will always send you the test result within the same day.
Simple, safe and smooth sampling.
The sample is sent for analysis.
The result is sent digitally.