Heavy metal poisoning is a serious risk. Cadmium, Arsenic, Lead, and Mercury are all heavy metals found naturally in the environment, certain foods, medicines, and even water. These potentially harmful metals can get into your system in different ways. You might breathe them in, eat them, or absorb them through your skin. If too much metal gets into your body, it can cause heavy metal poisoning. This can lead to serious health problems that include organ damage, behavioral changes, and difficulties with thinking and memory.
What is the Heavy Metals screening test for?
The Heavy metal blood and urine test is a group of tests that measure the levels of four potentially harmful metals (Cadmium, Arsenic, Lead, and Mercury). Heavy Metal testing is used to find out if you have been exposed to certain metals, and how much of the metal is in your system. Screening involves simple blood and urine tests that reports on the levels of the heavy metals in the body. These sample collections can be conveniently performed from the comfort of home.
Why should I consider taking a Heavy Metal Blood and Urine Test?
This screening test may be useful if you have symptoms of heavy metal poisoning. The symptoms depend on the type of metal and how much exposure there was:
Nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain
Tingling in the hands and feet
Shortness of breath
Children (Under 6 years old):
Young children are at a higher risk for lead poisoning. This is dangerous because their brains are still developing, making them more vulnerable to brain damage. In the past, lead was often used in paint and other household products. In these cases, children are exposed when they touch the surfaces, and then put their hands in their mouths.
Will I need to do anything to prepare for the test?
Some fish and shellfish contain high levels of mercury, so you should avoid eating seafood for 48 hours before being tested.
What do the results mean?
If your heavy metal tests show high levels of a metal, you will need to completely avoid exposure to that metal and consult with your healthcare provider. Your health care provider may recommend chelation therapy. Chelation therapy is a treatment where you take a pill or get an injection that works to remove excess metals from your body.
If your heavy metal tests are low, but you still have symptoms of exposure, it is still recommended that you see your healthcare provider.
myLAB Box offers individuals with laboratory services for wellness monitoring. All tests are validated by myLAB Box clinical laboratory affiliates. Results are comparable to samples collected in a physician’s office or clinical laboratory. Tests used in myLAB Box kits have been developed and performance characteristics determined by myLAB Box clinical laboratory affiliates. Tests have not been approved by the US Federal and Drug Administration (FDA), although individual components of some tests performed in the laboratory are FDA-cleared. The FDA has determined that such clearance or approval is not necessary for laboratory-developed tests such as those offered by my LAB Box. These tests are used for clinical purposes only. They should not be regarded as investigational or for research. myLAB Box clinical laboratory affiliates are regulated under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA) of 1988 as qualified to perform high complexity clinical testing and follow the guidelines of the College of American Pathologists (CAP). The tests, and services are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure disease. All information given as to the use of the tests is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for a physician’s consultation.
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