OsteoTest Service

What is OsteoTest?

OsteoTest is a unique, new urine test for the diagnosis of risk of osteoporosis.

Who can take a test?

Anyone who wants to understand the current status of their bone health better.

Why is it important to understand the status of your bone health?

  • One in three women and one in five men are at risk of developing osteoporosis. This is often known as a “silent condition” as it can go undetected for a long time. Osteoporosis occurs when the bones lose density and become weak, often causing unexplained painful fractures.
  • Although we all lose density in our bones as we age (our bones are at peak mass at approx. 30 yrs old), there are many other risk factors which can increase the likelihood of osteoporosis developing including;
    • Post-menopausal women and particularly women who have had early menopause or whose periods have stopped for a length of time when they are younger
    • Those suffering from certain conditions, including Thyroid Disorders, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Coeliac disease
    • Those taking certain medicines, particularly gluccocorticoids
  • By taking an OsteoTest you will find out if you are losing calcium and if your bone health status is age appropriate, enabling you to take measures to support your bone health before osteoporosis develops.
  • If you have already been diagnosed with osteopenia or osteoporosis, the test can also identify if the lifestyles measures or medication you are already taking are having a positive effect on your calcium balance.How much does a test cost?

What are the benefits of the test?

  • It is quick and easy to take, in your own home
  • It is safe – no radiation
  • It is proven to be effective and highly sensitive, identifying risk of developing osteoporosis long before a fracture occurs and if necessary, allowing you to take measures to support your bone health before it is too late.

Please note the test is not recommended for those who have a known kidney issue.

What’s in the kit?

  • Full instructions on how to take the test.
  • A ‘self-disclosure’ form for patients to complete their medical history.
  • A pre-paid return envelope.
  • A urine collection cup.
  • A urine monovette for the sample.
  • A secure container to put the monovette in and return the sample to the lab.

What is the process?

*The test should be taken FIRST THING IN THE MORNING. **The sample can be put in any Royal Mail Post Box.

What does the report tell me?

The report is a detailed analysis of your sample with a text conclusion and three graphs in an easy to read “traffic light” format with an explanation underneath each graph.

In addition, the report includes your FRAX result and associated NOGG (National Osteoporosis Guidelines Group) graphs and explanation. This shows your % risk of developing osteoporosis over a 10-year period which is calculated using a tool developed by scientists at the University of Sheffield. This is an internationally recognised calculator and will be familiar to clinicians.

Finally, the report includes information about osteoporosis and potential measures you can take to help support your bone health.

What happens next?

Where appropriate it might be advisable to discuss your result with your Amiry & Gilbride Pharmacist who can recommend appropriate supplements to help build your bone.

In addition, you might like to discuss other lifestyle recommendations such as reducing alcohol and undertaking suitable exercises.

If your result suggests you have already developed osteoporosis, you may wish to consult your GP or a Rheumatologist to discuss your result further.

For further information on osteoporosis, including diagnosis and treatment, we recommend you visit The National Osteoporosis Society and the NHS websites.

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Price: £149.00 

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