Anaemia Screen

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Iron is an essential nutrient used to form red blood cells and transport oxygen around the body.

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Iron is an essential nutrient used to form red blood cells and transport oxygen around the body. Low levels of iron, vitamin B12 and folate can lead to anaemia and abnormal red blood cells. This may be caused by insufficient intake, poor absorption, or an increase in demand for example during pregnancy or chronic blood loss. Anaemia can make you feel fatigued, short of breath, have pale skin and possibly heart palpitations.


  • Basophils
    These cells play a role in allergic responses. Elevated levels can be seen in allergies, chronic inflammation, and certain blood disorders.

  • Eosinophils
    Eosinophils are a type of white blood cell that play a key role in the body's immune response, particularly in fighting parasitic infections and in allergic reactions. They are part of the body's immune system and are produced in the bone marrow. Eosinophils can be measured through a blood test, often as part of a complete blood count (CBC).
    • High Levels of Eosinophils (Eosinophilia): Can indicate allergic reactions, parasitic infections, autoimmune diseases, and certain types of leukemia or other health conditions.
    • Low Levels of Eosinophils: Generally not a concern and can occur with the use of certain medications, like corticosteroids, or during acute infections.

  • Ferritin
    Ferritin is a protein that stores iron in the body, releasing it in a controlled way when needed. It's a crucial indicator of the total iron stores in the body. Ferritin levels are often measured to assess iron deficiency or iron overload. Elevated levels can indicate conditions such as haemochromatosis (iron overload), liver disease, chronic inflammation, infection, or certain types of cancer. Low levels are commonly associated with iron deficiency anaemia, indicating depleted iron stores. This can be due to insufficient dietary intake, increased iron requirements, chronic blood loss, or problems with iron absorption.

  • Folic acid (Folate)
    Folic acid, also known as folate or vitamin B9, is a crucial nutrient involved in the formation of red blood cells and the synthesis of DNA, making it essential for healthy cell growth and function. High Folic Acid Levels: Typically not a concern; may occur with supplementation or a diet rich in folate. Rarely, high levels could mask vitamin B12 deficiency. Low Folic Acid Levels: Indicate a deficiency, which can lead to health issues such as anaemia (particularly megaloblastic anaemia), birth defects during pregnancy (like neural tube defects), and impaired cell growth. Folate deficiency can be caused by inadequate dietary intake, certain medications, alcoholism, or malabsorption disorders.

  • Haematocrit (Hct)
    This assesses the percentage of blood volume composed of red blood cells. It helps diagnose and monitor conditions like anaemia, polycythaemia, and hydration status.

  • Haemoglobin (Hb)
    Haemoglobin (Hb) is a vital protein in red blood cells responsible for transporting oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body and returning carbon dioxide from the tissues back to the lungs. It gives red blood cells their characteristic color and is essential for cellular respiration.
    • High Haemoglobin Levels: Elevated levels can occur in conditions like polycythemia vera, chronic lung disease and smoking, dehydration, or living at high altitudes.
    • Low Haemoglobin Levels: Low levels are indicative of anaemia, which can result from a variety of causes including iron deficiency, chronic diseases, blood loss, or bone marrow problems.

  • Iron
    Iron is a vital mineral in the body, essential for the production of hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen to the body's tissues. Iron levels in the blood can be measured to assess the body's iron stores and to help diagnose conditions related to iron imbalance. High Iron Levels: Elevated iron levels can be indicative of hemochromatosis (a condition leading to iron overload), excessive iron supplementation, or certain types of anaemia. Low Iron Levels: Low iron levels typically suggest iron deficiency, which can lead to iron deficiency anaemia. This might be due to inadequate dietary intake, increased needs during pregnancy, blood loss, or problems with iron absorption.

  • Lymphocytes
    These cells are vital in the immune response against viral infections. Abnormal levels can indicate viral infections, lymphoma, or immune disorders.

  • Mean Cell Haemoglobin (MCH)
    Measures the average haemoglobin content in an individual red blood cell. It's useful in diagnosing the type of anaemia.

  • Mean Cell Haemoglobin Concentration (MCHC)
    This test measures the concentration of haemoglobin in a given volume of red cells, aiding in distinguishing between different types of anaemia.

  • Mean Cell Volume (MCV)
    Indicates the average size of red blood cells. It helps in classifying anaemias as microcytic, normocytic, or macrocytic. • High MCV indicates macrocytic anaemia, often due to Vitamin B12 or folate deficiency. • Low MCV suggests microcytic anaemia, commonly due to iron deficiency.

  • Mean Platelet Volume (MPV)
    Provides information about platelet production in bone marrow and can indicate risks for diseases like heart disease or thrombosis.

  • Monocytes
    A type of white cell involved in fighting certain infections and helping other white blood cells remove dead or damaged tissues.

  • Neutrophils
    A subtype of white blood cell, crucial in fighting bacterial infections. Abnormal levels can indicate bacterial infections, stress, or bone marrow disorders.

  • Platelets
    Essential for blood clotting. The test can diagnose or monitor bleeding disorders, thrombocytopenia, or thrombocythemia.

  • Red Blood Cells (RBC)
    Measures the number of red blood cells, which are vital for transporting oxygen throughout the body. An abnormal count can indicate conditions like anaemia, dehydration, or bone marrow disorders. • High levels can indicate polycythaemia vera or dehydration. • Low levels suggest anaemia or haemorrhage.

  • Red Cell Distribution Width (RDW)
    Assesses the variation in red blood cell size, which can help in diagnosing specific types of anaemia.

  • Total Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC)
    Helps assess the body's ability to transport iron in the blood. • High Levels: Often seen in iron deficiency anaemia. • Low Levels: May indicate iron overload, malnutrition, or liver disease.

  • Transferrin Saturation (TSAT)
    Transferrin Saturation (TSAT) is a blood test that measures the percentage of transferrin, a protein that transports iron in the blood, bound to iron. It is a useful indicator of iron availability and metabolism in the body. Elevated TSAT can indicate iron overload, which may be due to conditions like hemochromatosis, excessive iron intake, or certain types of anemia where iron is poorly utilized. Low levels suggest iron deficiency, commonly seen in iron deficiency anaemia. It can occur due to inadequate dietary intake, increased iron requirements, or chronic blood loss.

  • Unsaturated Iron Binding Capacity (UIBC)
    Used in conjunction with other iron tests to assess iron metabolism. • High Levels: Typically indicates iron deficiency. • Low Levels: May suggest iron overload or inflammation.

  • Vitamin B12
    Vitamin B12, also known as cobalamin, is a vital nutrient that plays a key role in nerve function, red blood cell production, and DNA synthesis. It's essential for maintaining healthy nerve cells and is crucial in the formation of DNA and RNA. High Vitamin B12 Levels: While not commonly a concern, abnormally high levels can be associated with certain medical conditions, including liver disease, kidney failure, or certain types of leukaemia. Low Vitamin B12 Levels: Indicate a deficiency, which can lead to serious health issues, such as pernicious anaemia, neurological problems, and cognitive impairments. Causes of B12 deficiency include inadequate dietary intake (common in vegetarians and vegans), malabsorption disorders, certain medications, and intrinsic factor deficiency.

  • White Blood Cells (WBC)
    This count measures the body's immune cells. Abnormal counts can indicate infections, inflammatory diseases, and hematologic conditions.

How it Works
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Choose one of our test packages according to your needs – whether this would be general health screening, nutritional state, sexual health or monitoring of a chronic condition and get it delivered to your home or office.

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Perform the test at your comfort zone. This will require a fingerprick, swab of urine sample collection. Instructions will be included in your kit. Post it back to one of our accredited laboratories in a prepaid envelope.

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We will notify you when results are available and you can access it in your dashboard together with advice from our health experts. Repeat tests as recommended and track results to keep your health in a good shape all the time.

Video tutorial

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