Blood beta-carotene measurement is used to assess the general nutritional status of the body, to confirm laboratory carotenoderma, and to assess malabsorption of fats and steatorrhea.
Beta-carotene is a fat-soluble micronutrient that is a precursor of vitamin A. Therefore, lack or reduction of beta-carotene can lead to vitamin A deficiency. Beta-carotene is a form of vitamin A from vegetable sources (green or orange vegetables and fruits). The body converts beta-carotene to vitamin A if the thyroid is functioning properly and the patient does not have diabetes.
Laboratory test results are the most important parameter for the diagnosis and monitoring of all pathological conditions. 70%-80% of diagnostic decisions are based on laboratory tests. The correct interpretation of laboratory results allows a doctor to distinguish "healthy" from "diseased".
Laboratory test results should not be interpreted from the numerical result of a single analysis. Test results should be interpreted in relation to each individual case and family history, clinical findings, and the results of other laboratory tests and information. Your personal physician should explain the importance of your test results.
At Diagnostiki Athinon we answer any questions you may have about the test you perform in our laboratory and we contact your doctor to get the best possible medical care.