Do you have G6PD deficiency?
G6PD deficiency is considered one of the worlds biggest enzyme deficiencies that causes hemolysis which is a type of anemia as a result of the destruction of red blood cells. People who have G6PD deficiency have a reduced ability for their body to make the enzyme “Glucose-6-Phosphate-Dehydrogenase” and this can happen at varying degrees for example you can have a mild deficiency or a serve deficiency depending on how much of the enzyme your body makes.
What happens when you have G6PD deficiency?
When you have a deficiency of G6PD enzyme certain common foods and medical drugs cause your red blood cells to explode, when this happens you can become anemic showing many of the signs of anemia and this sets the stage for many other health problems such as:
- Increased ferritin (Iron toxicity)
- Glutathione (The body’s major antioxidant) is damaged
- You get chronic fatigue syndrome CFS
- You lose energy from reduced ability to make ATP
- The citric acid cycles shuts down (energy production)
- Liver detoxification fails
- Your circadian rhythm (Heart) is compromised
- You become sensitive to EMF (electromagnetic frequency)
- Your risk for hemolytic anemia becomes much higher
What are some symptoms of G6PD deficiency?
There are different levels of symptoms related to G6PD deficiency, the first level would be anemia which symptoms include:
- Brittle nails
- Cold hands and feet
- Fast or irregular heartbeat
- Feeling faint
- General fatigue
- Iron deficiency symptoms (Anaemia, pale skin, sore tongue, fatigue, listlessness, loss of appetite, nausea, sensitivity to cold)
- Pale skin
- Shortness of breath
- Strange cravings to eat items that aren’t food, such as dirt, ice, or clay
- Tingling or crawling feeling in the legs
- Tongue swelling or soreness
A more serve case of G6PD deficiency would include symptoms of hemolytic anemia include:
- Abnormal paleness or lack of color of the skin or underside of the eye lids
- Greyish-blue coloring of fingernails or tongue
- Jaundice or yellowing of the skin, eyes and mouth
- Intolerance of physical activity
- Difficulty breathing
- Tea colored urine
- Rapid or strong heart beats (tachycardia)
- Heart murmur
- Abdominal or back pain or both
- Heart failure
How to take the G6PD Deficiency Test test
The G6PD deficiency test can be done right near your home or office. Testing for G6PD deficiency is really important due to it’s ability to prevent many serious health problems, the test includes:
- An authorized blood specimen order form that you take to your local accredited pathology for collection of your blood (Find a pathology near you here).
- A blood specimen test kit for the pathology to use to collect your blood sample
- Complete instructions for taking the test for you and the pathology
- Note, pathology will charge approximately $33.00 to take your sample
- Includes postage
Test results are sent to one of our professional health practitioners within 7 – 10 business days for evaluation. Our practitioners contact you with the results and recommendations on any findings via email, mail or phone.
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