A bone profile blood test helps to analyze the proteins, minerals, and enzymes present in the bones. This profile helps to determine how the body’s skeleton is getting affected by the metabolic processes. This profile comprises of vitamin D 25-Hydroxy test, calcium – serum test, uric acid – serum test, phosphorus, inorganic – serum test, alkaline phosphatase – serum test, and rheumatoid factor (RA) quantitative test.
The bone profile is done:
• To assess the bone health of an individual
• To detect problems with bones
• In case a person is overweight
• In old age people
Frequently asked questions
How is the blood sample taken?
To take the blood sample, a tourniquet (elastic) band is placed tightly on the upper arm. The patient is asked to make a fist. This helps in the buildup of blood filling the veins and it becomes easy to collect the blood. The skin is cleaned before inserting the needle in the vein in order to prevent bacteria from entering. The needle is then inserted into the vein in the arm and the blood sample is collected in the vacutainer.
What is osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a disease in which the bones become brittle and have a great tendency to fracture. In this disease, the bone loses the bone tissue which is present in the bones.
Which medical conditions can lead to bone loss?
The medical conditions which can lead to bone loss include rheumatoid arthritis, long-term kidney disease, overactive parathyroid gland, Type 1 diabetes, organ transplant, etc.
What medical treatments can lead to bone loss?
The medical treatments which can lead to bone loss include hormone-blocking treatments for prostate or breast cancer, medicines used for the treatment of seizures or epilepsy, steroid medicines, weight-loss surgery, etc.
What factors can cause weak bones?
The factors which can cause weak bones include not including high-calcium foods, drinking excessive alcohol, and smoking.