A metabolic profile, or series of blood tests, gives you information about different chemicals and their levels in your blood. A profile can show if your body is functioning normally.

A basic metabolic profile tests a number of elements in your blood, including:

  • Blood sugar (or glucose)
  • Calcium
  • Electrolytes
  • Creatinine
  • Kidney function

A comprehensive metabolic profile, also called a CMP blood test, screens for everything that the basic profile does, plus:

  • Cholesterol levels
  • Protein levels
  • Liver function

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Why are these tests important?

A metabolic profile can give you information about your sugar (or glucose) level, electrolyte balance, kidney and liver function, and protein levels.

Your healthcare provider may suggest a basic or CMP test during your annual physical.

What do the test results mean?

Abnormal test results can indicate a variety of disorders and diseases, such as kidney failure, lung disease and diabetes complications.

Because both tests measure so many different chemicals in the blood, results can indicate a number of various conditions. Talk to your healthcare provider about your next steps.

If you are interested in a basic or comprehensive metabolic profile, contact the nearest CareNow® urgent care clinic to set up a test.

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