What is tested in a Basic Metabolic Panel Test?
The BMP test measures the blood levels of Sodium, Potassium, Chloride, Bicarbonate, Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN), Creatinine & Glucose.
Why is a Basic Metabolic Panel important?
Components of the panel have different important functions. Sodium and Potassium are important for nerve and muscle function. Bicarbonate and Chloride levels are related to the body's acid-base balance and abnormalities can cause weakness or fatigue. The BUN and Creatinine tests assess your kidney function. Elevated levels may suggest dehydration or a kidney problem. The Glucose test screens for diabetes by measuring your blood sugar level.
What type of specimen will I submit?
This Basic Metabolic Panel is a blood test.
Do I need to fast to take this test?
An 8-12 hour fast is recommended before testing.
How long does it take to get test results?
It typically takes 4 business days or less.