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Test Overview

As part of a general health check-up, to ascertain your nutritional status or to screen for and help find out certain liver and kidney disorders as well as other diseases.

Proteins are the building blocks of the body and most essential for healthy growth and development of the body. Any abnormality in total proteins could mean underlying conditions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Unexplained weight loss, excess fatigue, swelling, or oedema caused by extra fluid in tissues and any symptoms that indicate liver or kidney disorder indicates a protein disorder. Eating more protein or a protein rich diet will have no bearing on the total proteins in your blood. A healthy nutritious diet is important to maintain optimal protein levels. Certain medications like steroid may affect the total protein level and it will be important to stop medication before undertaking the test.

The test is ordered if the doctor suspects malnutrition, malabsorption or a liver or kidney disorder. The total proteins test and the A/G ratio is also part of a routine check-up.

The important building blocks of all cells and tissues are proteins; they are important for body development and health. They make the structural part of most organs and form enzymes and hormones that regulate body functions. Albumin and Globulin are the two major proteins. Albumin makes up 60% of the total protein and is produced by the liver. They basically nourish tissues and transport hormones, vitamins and drugs all through the body. Globulin on the other hand helps fight infection. Some of the globulin is produced by the immune system. They include enzymes, hormones, carrier proteins, and numerous other types of proteins.

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