About Bone specific alkaline phosphatase
What is bone-specific alkaline phosphatase?
Bone-specific alkaline phosphatase (BAP) is an enzyme produced by bone cells responsible for bone formation.
Bones are constantly changing over our lifetime in response to exercise, nutrition and hormones. Every 10 years the entire skeleton is replaced by a natural process called bone remodelling. Bone remodelling removes old bone and replaces it with new bone. Bone density typically increases during adolescence when bone formation is higher than bone loss. However, as we age, bone density starts to decline as bone resorption exceeds bone formation. As people age, lower bone density can lead to osteoporosis putting us at a greater risk of fractures.
BAP is a useful marker of bone turnover and high levels might indicate bone-related disorders such as Paget’s disease. Paget’s disease occurs as a result of disruption to the bone remodelling process causing bone to be produced too quickly. Bones will be weaker leading to an increased risk of fractures.
Why take this test?
This test measures the level of BAP in the blood and can be used to help diagnose abnormal bone remodelling which occurs in conditions such as Paget’s disease and osteoporosis.
How it works
Order your kit
Just order a test online and get your kit delivered right to you door. Your kit contains everything you need for the test.
Take your test and post
Follow our simple instructions to take your sample and post back the enclosed prepaid envelope to our accredited lab for processing. We also offer home or workplace visits by a qualified nurse.
Get results directly to your dashboard
You will receive an email notification from our medical team when your results are available on your secure personalised health dashboard.
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