Brecksville, OH (PRWEB) March 22, 2014
Request A Test, a leading national provider of direct to consumer lab testing, had added the Standard Lead Profile Test to their test menu. This test measures lead blood levels as well as providing additional measurements for Free Erythrocyte Protoporphyrin (FEB) and Zinc Protoporphyrin (ZPP) which can aid in the diagnosis of chronic lead exposure and lead poisoning. Lead poisoning can result in serious health complications and people who are at risk of exposure can benefit from getting periodically tested. Getting a basic lead blood test can be beneficial but this will only tell a person if they have recently been exposed to high levels of lead. The benefit of a Lead Profile Test is that it also looks for markers which indicate a person may be suffering from long term exposure and lead buildup in their body. Through Request A Test, anyone can order testing for themselves without having to schedule a doctor's appointment or go through an insurance company. Ordering is quick and easy and customers can choose from 1000's of lab locations across the country.
Lead that is absorbed into the body is deposited in tissues like the kidneys and brain or in the bones. With continual exposure, these deposits build up in the body. If left untreated, lead exposure can cause severe damage to the kidneys and nervous system, and may become fatal. Symptoms of lead poisoning are often common to other disorders so getting a blood test can be an important step in determining if a person is suffering from lead exposure. Symptoms of lead poisoning can include but are not limited to irritability, depression, headache, impotence, low energy, weakness in the fingers or wrists, nausea, constipation, muscle pain or weakness, high blood pressure, and weight loss. Early detection is key to treating lead exposure before it causes serious health problems.
A Standard lead blood test will provide a measurement for the lead level in a blood sample. Individual lead blood tests are available for adults and children to help determine if a person's lead level is higher than normal. Additional testing can help to determine if a person is showing biological effects from chronic lead exposure. Free Erythrocyte Protoporphyrin (FEP) is a measurement that typically shows elevated levels when a person has had had high amounts of lead absorption. Zinc Protoporphyrin (ZPP) is often found in blood cells of people who have chronic lead exposure. Elevated ZZP can be the result of lead inhibiting a process within the body which normally uses iron in the blood, causing it to use zinc instead.
While anyone can benefit from lead testing if they have reason to believe they have had exposure, some groups are at a higher risk and should consider testing on a routine basis. People working in industries which involve paint, plastics, ceramics, insecticides, and storage batteries may be exposed to lead or lead compounds in the materials they work with. Customers and employees of gun shops and firing ranges are often at higher risk of exposure. During the winter months, gun users' lead exposure can be even higher than normal due to the fact that they are often using indoor firing ranges with less ventilation that outdoor facilities. Lead particles brought home on clothes may also put family members and loved ones at risk.
The addition of the new Basic Lead Profile Test gives Request A Test's customers another useful tool for monitoring their health. For more information about lead testing or any of the other services provided by Request A Test, go to http://www.requestatest.com. To place an order, simply go to Request A Test's website or call 1-888-732-2348 to speak to a representative.
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