What is a Basic Metabolic Panel?

Basic Metabolic Panel is a series of blood tests that measures your sugar (glucose) level, electrolyte and fluid balance, and kidney function. Glucose is a type of sugar your body uses for energy. Electrolytes keep your body’s fluids in balance.

What is included in a Basic Metabolic Panel?

Basic Metabolic Panel includes the following blood tests:

  • Electrolyte Panel – Electrolytes are minerals present in the body as dissolved salts. They keep your body’s fluids in balance and help keep your body working normally, including your heart rhythm, muscle contraction, and brain function. This panel checks for the following electrolytes: Sodium (Na+); Potassium (K+); Chloride (Cl-); Bicarbonate (HCO3-), Magnesium (Mg), Calcium (Ca).
  • Kidney Function – Kidney Function Test, also known as a Renal Function Panel, is a blood test used to evaluate and to monitor the kidney functioning. The BUN/Creatinine ratio is useful in the differential diagnosis of acute or chronic renal disease. BUN stands for blood urea nitrogen. This test checks for the following: Albumin, Calcium, Carbon Dioxide, Chloride, Creatinine, Glucose, Phosphate (as Phosphorus), Potassium, Sodium and Urea Nitrogen levels.
  • Glucose Test – Glucose Test is a blood test used to assess the levels of glucose in blood. It is used to diagnose diabetes, cancers, and other metabolic disorders.

Why should I get tested?

The Basic Metabolic Panel is used as a broad screening tool to evaluate organ function and check for conditions such as diabetes, liver disease, and kidney disease.

When will I receive my results?

Once completed, you will receive your results within 3-5 business days in your LabFinder portal.

How do I prepare? Do I need to fast?

No preparation or fasting required. Just bring your LabFinder Order and Insurance Card to your appointment.

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