Serotonin

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4600,00 rsd

Obrtno Vreme

Up to 9 days

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Drawing blood

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Immunohemistry

At IntroLab, we offer serotonin analysis. This test is especially important if you are dealing with mental health issues, gastrointestinal problems, or are on certain medications. The analysis measures the level of serotonin, a crucial neurotransmitter in your body, enabling you to take necessary steps to optimize your health.

What is Serotonin?

Often called the “happiness hormone,” serotonin is a key neurotransmitter that plays a vital role in regulating numerous functions in the body. This naturally produced chemical is best known for its role in mood regulation. However, serotonin has a much broader impact on our health and well-being.

Serotonin is synthesized from the essential amino acid tryptophan, and about 90% of total serotonin is produced in the gastrointestinal tract, where it regulates intestinal mobility. The remainder is synthesized in serotonergic neurons in the central nervous system, where it plays a crucial role in a range of vital functions.

Key functions of serotonin include:

Mood regulation: Low levels of serotonin in the brain are linked to conditions such as depression, while abnormally high levels are associated with a condition known as serotonin syndrome.
Sleep regulation: Serotonin is a precursor to melatonin, the hormone that regulates our sleep and circadian rhythms.
Appetite regulation: Serotonin levels in the brain affect the feeling of fullness after a meal, particularly in the context of carbohydrate cravings.
Other functions: Besides these, serotonin plays key roles in regulating blood pressure, controlling body temperature, and blood clotting processes.

Through all these different functions, serotonin shapes our physical and mental health in subtle, yet profoundly significant ways.

Why is measuring this parameter important?

Measuring serotonin levels is important because abnormal values can be associated with various health conditions. Too much serotonin can indicate a condition known as serotonin syndrome, which can be life-threatening and may be caused by certain medications. Symptoms of this condition can include high temperature, rapid heart rate, jerking, shaking, sweating, dilated pupils, diarrhea, and loss of coordination. On the other hand, low levels of serotonin may be linked to depression and other mental health problems. Serotonin also plays a crucial role in bowel function, and abnormal levels may be associated with gastrointestinal diseases.

When should this test be done?

Your doctor may recommend a serotonin analysis if you have symptoms indicating abnormal serotonin levels, such as mood swings, anxiety, sleep problems, gastrointestinal complaints, or if you are on medications that may affect serotonin levels. The test may be part of routine checks if you have chronic conditions associated with serotonin, such as irritable bowel syndrome or depression.

Specifics and subtypes of analysis

Serotonin analysis is typically performed as part of a broader panel of tests to provide a comprehensive picture of your health status. Several variants of this test include:

  • Blood serotonin test: This test measures total serotonin in your blood. Elevated levels may indicate certain tumors, while low levels may indicate issues such as depression.
  • Urine serotonin test: This test measures the amount of serotonin excreted in the urine. It can help detect certain tumors that produce serotonin.
  • 5-HIAA urine test: This test measures the amount of 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid (5-HIAA), one of the main breakdown products of serotonin, in the urine. Elevated levels of 5-HIAA may indicate certain tumors.

Your doctor will determine which type of analysis is best for you, depending on your symptoms and medical history. Our team of experts at IntroLab is here to provide you with all the necessary information and support during this process.

Tips for maintaining healthy serotonin levels

Maintaining healthy serotonin levels may involve a healthy diet, regular physical activity, adequate sleep, avoiding stress and alcohol. It is also important to take prescribed medications as advised by your doctor, especially if they are medications that affect serotonin levels, such as antidepressants. Always consult with a healthcare professional before making any major changes to your lifestyle.

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Uzorak: Venous blood

Obrtno vreme: Up to 9 days

Priprema: No special preparation is needed.

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