VITAMINS & MINERALS MARKERS
Total protein measures the total amount of protein present in the blood. There are two main types of protein in the blood; albumin and globulin. Albumin transports many small molecules around the body, but its main purpose is to stop fluid from leaking from blood vessels. Globulins are a family of proteins that make up a large portion of serum proteins and have many functions within the human body.
Why take a Total Protein blood test?
A total protein test measures the combined amount of both albumin and globulin. The test can be used to diagnose many health conditions such as kidney disease, liver disease and malnutrition.
Low total protein levels can indicate kidney or liver disease while high total protein may be indicative of dehydration.