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What is a fasting blood glucose test?

2019-09-30T13:16:15+00:00

Your body converts the carbohydrates, which you eat into glucose. Glucose testing is primarily done for people with type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes. Diabetes is a condition that causes your blood glucose levels to rise. The amount of sugar in your blood is usually controlled by a hormone called insulin. However, if you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or the insulin produced doesn’t work properly. This causes sugar to build up in your blood. Increased levels of blood sugar can lead to severe organ damage if left untreated. In some cases, blood glucose testing may also be [...]

What is a fasting blood glucose test? 2019-09-30T13:16:15+00:00

Pap Smear

2019-08-22T06:54:29+00:00

With August being Womens month, we at Lab24 urge all our ladies to take time out and come in for their Pap Smear test. A Pap smear, also called a Pap test, is a procedure to test for cervical cancer in women. A Pap smear involves collecting cells from your cervix — the lower, narrow end of your uterus that's at the top of your vagina. Detecting cervical cancer early with a Pap smear gives you a greater chance at a cure. A Pap smear can also detect changes in your cervical cells that suggest cancer may develop in the future. [...]

Pap Smear 2019-08-22T06:54:29+00:00

Myoglobin Test

2019-08-22T06:52:16+00:00

Does this test have other names? Serum myoglobins, myoglobin-serum What is this test? This test measures the amount of a protein called myoglobin in your blood. It's done to help diagnose conditions caused by muscle damage. Myoglobin is found in your heart and skeletal muscles. There it captures oxygen that muscle cells use for energy. When you have a heart attack or severe muscle damage, myoglobin is released into your blood. Myoglobin increases in your blood 2 to 3 hours after the first symptoms of muscle damage. It usually peaks about 8 to 12 hours later. Your kidneys filter your blood [...]

Myoglobin Test 2019-08-22T06:52:16+00:00

Full Blood Count Testing

2019-06-20T10:43:59+00:00

What is being tested? The full blood count (FBC) is one of the most commonly requested tests and provides important information about the kinds and numbers of cells in the blood: red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. Abnormalities in any of these types of cells can indicate the presence of important medical disorders. Blood is composed of a variety of living cells that circulate through the heart, arteries and veins carrying nourishment, hormones, vitamins, antibodies, heat and oxygen to the body's tissues. Blood contains three main components — red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets — suspended in [...]

Full Blood Count Testing 2019-06-20T10:43:59+00:00

CD4 count testing and the importance

2019-04-30T09:40:50+00:00

CD4 cells are white blood cells called T lymphocytes or T cells that fight infection and play an important role in immune system function. They are made in the thymus gland and they circulate throughout the body in the blood and lymphatic system. CD4 tests measure the number of these cells in the blood and, in conjunction with an HIV viral load test, help assess the status of the immune system in a person who has been diagnosed... Why Get Tested? Most often, this test is done to measure the strength of your immune system if you have been diagnosed with [...]

CD4 count testing and the importance 2019-04-30T09:40:50+00:00

Viral Loads

2019-03-11T11:58:54+00:00

Viral load is the term used to describe the amount of HIV in your blood. The more HIV there is in your blood (and therefore the higher your viral load), then the faster your CD4 cell count will fall, and the greater your risk of becoming ill because of HIV. Viral load tests measure the amount of HIV’s genetic material in a blood sample. The results of a viral load test are described as the number of copies of HIV RNA in a millilitre of blood. But your doctor will normally just talk about your viral load as a number. How [...]

Viral Loads 2019-03-11T11:58:54+00:00

How do you know you have a thyroid problem

2019-02-01T10:55:36+00:00

What Causes Thyroid Problems? Through the hormones it produces, the thyroid gland influences almost all of the metabolic processes in your body. Thyroid disorders can range from a small, harmless goiter (enlarged gland) that needs no treatment to life-threatening cancer. The most common thyroid problems involve abnormal production of thyroid hormones. Too much thyroid hormone results in a condition known as hyperthyroidism. Insufficient hormone production leads to hypothyroidism. Although the effects can be unpleasant or uncomfortable, most thyroid problems can be managed well if properly diagnosed and treated. The usual treatment for hypothyroidism is thyroid hormone replacement therapy. Treatment is usually [...]

How do you know you have a thyroid problem 2019-02-01T10:55:36+00:00

How to Keep your Cardiac Enzymes leveled

2019-02-01T10:52:04+00:00

The Role of Cardiac Enzymes Cardiac enzymes are like other enzymes in that they regulate the various processes that keep the organ working properly and the blood flowing to the rest of your body. This can include speeding up or slowing down what the body does inherently in order to actually get the desired effect. Most of the discussion about cardiac enzymes is not about what they do but about when they’re not doing what they should, which refers to cardiac enzymes and their presence in the blood. Elevated blood levels of cardiac enzymes are similar to elevated liver enzymes in [...]

How to Keep your Cardiac Enzymes leveled 2019-02-01T10:52:04+00:00

Fertility Tests

2018-12-03T09:18:57+00:00

Before the Fertility Test: Medical history and physical examination Before ordering fertility tests, your doctor will take the sexual medical history of both partners. You will need to describe your menstrual cycle, fitness regime, sexual practices, history of birth control, discuss any sexually transmitted diseases you have had in the past, your use of both legitimate and street drugs and caffeine, alcohol and tobacco. Here are types of Test that you can take! 1.     Fertility Test: Semen Analysis (also called sperm count) 2.     Fertility test: Hormone levels 3.     Fertility Test: Pelvic ultrasounds 4.     Fertility Test: Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) 5.     Fertility Test: Hysterosonogram [...]

Fertility Tests 2018-12-03T09:18:57+00:00

The Cost of Healthcare in South Africa

2018-07-24T14:17:34+00:00

Access to health care varies greatly in different countries across the world and is largely influenced by social conditions, economic conditions, as well as the health policies in place at the time. This is according to Dr Jaco van Zyl, Medical Executive at Cipla SA, who points to statistics from the World Health Organisation (WHO), indicating that the worldwide provision of health care related products and services consumed on average 9.95% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2014. “Over the same period in South Africa, total expenditure on health care in South Africa (SA) accounted for 8.5% of GDP, with an [...]

The Cost of Healthcare in South Africa 2018-07-24T14:17:34+00:00