Purpose of the Aldolase Test
Aldolase is an enzyme found in your skeletal muscles, liver, and brain. Your body relies on aldolase to function because it breaks down sugars to generate the energy you need for daily life. Testing your aldolase levels can help diagnose muscle and liver damage or diseases.
What Does the Aldolase Lab Test Measure?
An aldolase test measures the amount of aldolase in your blood. When muscles or the liver are damaged, their cells release large quantities of aldolase into the bloodstream, which is more than the body needs to function.
Who Should Take an Aldolase Blood Test?
Aldolase labs are recommended for:
- Pinpointing or monitoring inherited muscle diseases such as muscular dystrophy or uncommon muscle disorders such as polymyositis and dermatomyositis.
- Assessing or checking for liver damage caused by cancer, injury, or diseases such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, or mononucleosis.
These tests are usually ordered in conjunction with:
- Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT) Blood Test to check for liver damage.
- AST SGOT (Aspartate Aminotransferase) Blood Test to diagnose a liver disease or hepatitis.
- Creatine Kinase (CK) Blood Test for cases involving muscle damage or weakness.
You can find all these tests, and more, at Personalabs.
Aldolase Test Preparation
It’s generally advised that you don’t eat or drink 6 to 12 hours prior to the aldolase blood test. You may be asked to avoid intense exercise 12 hours before the test.
Some prescription and non-prescription drugs can affect blood test results. Your doctor will advise you on stopping any medication that may interfere with the test.
Aldolase Lab Results
For aldolase, a normal range is 1.0 to 7.5 units per liter (0.02 to 0.13 microkat/L), though it can vary slightly between laboratories. A physician can help you analyze your test results.
If aldolase is high, those abnormal results could indicate muscle or liver disease. Low aldolase levels are considered normal. High levels may require further testing to check muscle health or liver function.
Where Can I Get an Aldolase Blood Test Done Near Me?
Finding aldolase testing at a convenient location near you is easy with Personalabs. Our simple, streamlined ordering system gives you greater control over your health care—you get accurate, fast results you can use to make informed decisions when it comes to your wellness.
Here’s how it works:
Step 1: Purchase your test online and download the lab order. (A doctor’s approval isn’t required, depending on what state you live in.)
Step 2: Visit our lab locator and choose among our 4,000-plus partner locations to find the facility closest to you.
Step 3: Bring the aldolase lab order to your blood draw appointment.
Step 4: Results with your aldolase levels will appear in your secure and confidential Personalabs account, typically within 2 to 10 business days.
Need help? We can answer your questions about testing and ordering; we also have board-certified physicians you can discuss your results with during a telehealth appointment.
Take charge of your well-being with Personalabs, so you can take your health in your hands.