Sodium is an important element in the body that is found in the body fluid outside the cells but also inside the skeleton. It is the acid-base balance and the water and salt balance in the body that are dependent on sodium. Blood pressure is also affected by sodium and potassium and the balance between these two.
The test is for you who want to gain insight into how your kidneys are doing and whether you may be affected by reduced kidney function.
This is how it works: The test is a blood test that is carried out at the selected sampling unit.
Sample response: You normally have a response within 6 banking 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 English about your values and the doctor's comment.
Remember: Bring valid identification with you when taking the sample.
Analysis is done to see the balance between salt and fluid in the blood and whether it has changed. Samples are also taken if heart disease or kidney disease is suspected.
Sodium is a mineral that is important for several functions in the body. Partly, it is important for the acid-base balance and the water and salt balance in the body. It is also important for the normal functioning of the nerves and for the uptake of glucose and certain amino acids.
The level of sodium in the blood is controlled through an interaction between the heart, brain, kidneys and adrenal glands. The fluid balance is regulated in the kidneys, which are controlled by hormones from the adrenal glands and the pituitary gland in the brain.
Sodium is found in the food you eat such as meat, fish and grains and you usually get enough through it. Common table salt consists of sodium chloride. Most adults consume too much salt through food.
Decreased values occur in cases of vomiting, diarrhoea, peritonitis, irritable bowel syndrome, burns, treatment of certain medicines such as e.g. diuretics, diabetes, Addison's disease, kidney failure and SIADH.
Increased levels can be seen in reduced excretion of sodium that occurs in heart failure, liver cirrhosis and kidney failure, increased fluid losses, sodium supply (intravenous infusion), Conn's syndrome, Cushing's disease and in the case of lack of water supply.
Most adults ingest too much salt today and we therefore need to reduce their intake, the goal is for the population to get down to 6 grams of salt per day, which corresponds to 2.4 grams of sodium per day. The goal of 6 grams of salt per day is mainly due to the effect of salt on blood pressure.
It is unusual to be deficient in sodium, but an acute deficiency can occur with profuse sweating or prolonged stomach upset.
High blood pressure can be caused by too much sodium (salt) and this in turn can lead to an increased risk of other conditions such as heart failure, stroke and damage to the kidneys.
The symptoms of chronic kidney failure, or chronic kidney failure, develop slowly. They can only appear when kidney function becomes so impaired that waste products begin to accumulate in the blood, then they can express themselves like this:
The marker sodium is also measured in Health checkup Man and Health checkup Woman.
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.