Albumin

What is albumin?

Albumin is a protein made by the liver. It keeps fluid inside blood vessels, nourishes tissues, and transports substances like hormones, vitamins, drugs, and minerals around your body.  

Why test albumin?

There are many reasons to test albumin. Your doctor may test albumin if s/he suspects liver injury or illness. Albumin can give an indication of your hydration and nutrition status. Unless this is ordered as a retest or for a specific reason, we recommend ordering this as part of a health test or adding it onto another panel.

Health check
Discover your risk factors for lifestyle diseases in time to do something about them.

Liver or kidney check-up
Albumin is an important part of a kidney health panel.

Monitoring
Monitor changes to your blood values as you make lifestyle changes, supplement or undergo treatments.

More information

Some drugs can increase serum albumin. These include anabolic steroids, androgens, growth hormones, and insulin. If you are receiving large amounts of intravenous fluids, the results of this test may be inaccurate.

What do the results mean?

Albumin results are evaluated alongside other test results.

What causes low albumin?

Albumin can be low in many different diseases and disorders and may indicate a need for further investigation. A slightly low albumin may be clinically insignificant, although albumin can be low in many different diseases and disorders and may indicate a need for further investigation. Some causes of low albumin include liver or kidney problems, hypothyroidism, inflammation, poor diet, shock and malnutrition as well as conditions that can cause malabsorption and digestion of protein, like low stomach acid, Crohn’s disease, celiac disease and chronic illness. Low albumin can also indicate oxidative stress and an increased need for vitamin C.

Pregnancy and intravenous fluids can also decrease blood albumin levels by increasing the fluid volume inside blood vessels.

What causes high albumin?

Albumin can be high in many different diseases and disorders and may indicate a need for further investigation. In terms of lifestyle factors, slightly high albumin can be associated with dehydration, increasing blood concentration.

More information

Some drugs can increase serum albumin. These include anabolic steroids, androgens, growth hormones, and insulin.  If you are receiving large amounts of intravenous fluids, the results of this test may be inaccurate.

Values that are slightly outside the reference range can be normal. Reference ranges are not perfect and approximately 5% of healthy individuals may have results outside the reference range.

Instructions

The day before the test
Avoid fatty foods and alcohol today.

On the day of the test
Remember to take your ID. with you when going to take a test.




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