ACE-Angiotensin Converting Enzyme helps the doctor to monitor a disease called sarcoidosis. This condition causes inflammatory cells called granulomas to form inside the body, leading to organ inflammation. Organs that may be affected by sarcoidosis include: lungs, skin, eyes, lymph nodes, liver, heart and spleen.
The level of ACE in blood is measured through this test and conditions like sarcoidosis is diagnosed. Sometimes doctors also used the same test to assess the effectiveness of treatments for other medical conditions as well. One condition that can be examined with an ACE level test is Gaucher’s disease. This is an inherited condition that causes fatty substances called lipids to build up in cells and internal organs of the body.
Symptoms for Gaucher disease include
Increased levels of the ACE enzyme can suggest, you are suffering Gaucher’s disease and can also be used to track response to medical therapy.
Before going in for the test, you are advised not to take any over the counter medication.
There is no cure discovered yet for sarcoidosis. But the disease can get better on its own over a period of time. Most of the people suffering from sarcoidosis have mild symptoms and do not require any treatment. Generally, when the treatment is required, it falls into two categories:
Following good health practices such as:
Regular intake of Medication
Going for regular check-ups
Consumption of well-balanced diet with a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables
Drinking 3 to 4 liters of water a day with 250 ml glass of water at a time
Completing 6 to 8 hours of sleep each night
Regular exercising and maintaining your weight
Try to avoid exposure to dust, fumes chemicals, toxic inhalants, gases and other substances that can be harmful to your lungs.
Test Method 1 : The ACE level test involves taking a small sample of blood from a vein of your arm. The blood is collected in a tube or vial attached to the end of the needle. And the collected blood sample of yours will be sent to a test lab.
Report available: The turn around time for this test takes 7 to 14 days.