ALKALINE PHOSPHATASE

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Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP) test measures the alkaline phosphatase enzyme in the body. ALP is an enzyme that is found throughout the body. Enzymes are proteins that help chemical reactions take place. They assist smaller molecules in merging and turning into bigger molecules and even break bigger molecules into smaller parts. The areas that this enzyme is primarily found include the liver, bones, intestines and kidneys. The amount of ALP in your blood can be high if your liver isn’t functioning well. Many other body parts also rely on ALP to operate well. The alkaline phosphatase test is an easy blood test that doesn’t require much preparation. The level of ALP varies from individual to individual. It can differ depending upon the age, gender and blood type of a person. Doctors or healthcare professionals can prescribe this test if you have symptoms of a bone disorder or liver damage. Some symptoms include jaundice, weakness, vomiting, frequent itching, enlarged bones and abdominal pain. It can also be prescribed if the doctor feels that an individual has a condition affecting their kidneys, intestine or bones. Many healthcare professionals also prescribe alkaline phosphatase tests as part of regular check-ups. When it comes to this test, high amounts of ALP can be found even in individuals showing no symptoms. In India, one in five people gets affected by liver diseases. Each year, over 10 lakh patients with liver cirrhosis get diagnosed in the country. The common causes of this liver problem include alcohol-induced liver damage, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. Osteomalacia is a bone disorder that is exceedingly rampant yet immensely ignored in the country. Another prevalent disorder in India is malnutrition. Despite numerous efforts from various governments in the past, malnutrition remains a silent emergency in the country. That is why some children in India might get super low levels of ALP if tested.

 

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