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Fatty Acids Test

Fatty acid tests provide health indicators highlighting risks of heart health, inflammation, and potential risks of brain health, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancers. Get tested. Take control of your health.


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Deaths are directly due to non-communicable diseases (heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and chronic lung disease)


Nigeria has the highest number of diabetics in Sub-Saharan Africa.



Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death globally.


Dietary fats are mainly fatty acids that play critical roles in human metabolism, health, and disease.

Some fatty acids, called essential fatty acids, cannot be made in the human body and must be present in the diet.  Fatty acids, especially essential fatty acid deficiencies, are associated with an increased risk of developing diseases of the heart and blood vessels, brain and spinal cord, liver, certain cancers, allergic diseases and more.



The most prominent symptom of a deficiency in essential fatty acids is dry, scaly skin. Others include increased likelihood of infections, poor wound healing, and problems with vision and nerves. There may be a decreased growth rate and learning abnormalities among children.

The Benefits of High Intake of Essential Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids have lots of benefits, such as:

  1. Helping to regulate blood cholesterol levels
  2. Supporting heart health
  3. Growth and development in unborn babies

Omega-6 fatty acids have lots of benefits, such as:

  1. Keeping cholesterol levels stable
  2. Aiding weight loss as part of a meal-replacement plan
  3. Supporting skin and hair health

Foods High in Fatty Acids

Foods That Are High in Omega-3 fatty acid




Cod liver oil





Foods That Are High in Omega-6 fatty acid

Cake with frosting


Fast foods

Peanut butter

Safflower oil

Creamy soups

Roasted chicken

Corn chips

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are still unsure about this test, here are some questions that we usually get asked.

Still need answers?

What is special about Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids?

Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are fatty acids that the body cannot make, which must be obtained from food (or supplements). They make up a significant portion of the walls of cells in the body and are also important precursors of many other substances in the body that are involved in regulating blood pressure and inflammation. They have also been shown to have beneficial effects with regard to heart diseases, cancers and diabetes mellitus.

Which fatty acids are considered essential?

The human body cannot make Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. They must be obtained from food (or supplements).

What happens if you don't consume enough essential fatty acids?

Your body needs dietary fat for many biological processes. If you don’t get enough fat in your diet, you may notice symptoms such as dry rashes, hair loss, a weaker immune system, and issues related to vitamin deficiencies.


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