Complete Metabolic Panel
The complete metabolic panel (CMP) is the advanced version of the basic metabolic count test. Like the basic metabolic panel, it measures one’s overall wellness and is a part of routine testing. It comprises fourteen tests that assess kidney functioning, liver functioning, parathyroid, and electrolyte balance. Since there are many blood tests in this panel, additional tests are ordered to diagnose and treat patients accurately.
The lipid panel, also known as a lipid profile, assesses cholesterol levels. This standard blood test measures high density lipoproteins (HDL; ‘good’ cholesterol), low density lipoproteins (LDL; ‘bad’ cholesterol, total cholesterol, and triglycerides. The profile evaluates a patient’s risk of heart problems through high levels of LDLs. If someone is classified as high risk, doctors will prescribe medication or instruct them to adjust their diet.
The thyroid is critical to the regulation of metabolism and energy. The thyroid blood test analyzes the thyroid-stimulating hormones, thyroxine (T4) hormones, and triiodothyronine (T3) hormones. This test detects hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, which, when unnoticed, can cause tremors, weight loss, anxiety, and increased heart rate.
Vitamin D Blood Test
Vitamin D nourishes people with calcium, enhancing their bone strength. People produce vitamin D from the sun, milk and dairy products, fish, and eggs. Without vitamin D, people would be at an increased risk of their bones breaking or osteoporosis, a medical condition in which the bones become brittle and less dense. The vitamin D blood test can detect the early stages of osteoporosis and fragile bones for less than $75.
Blood Glucose Test
The blood glucose test evaluates glucose levels in the blood. This common blood test detects and monitors type 1 and type 2 diabetes and hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia – health conditions that have detrimental health consequences as a result of too much or too little glucose in the bloodstream. This blood test costs under $70.
TIBC Test (Iron)
The Iron, Total, and Total Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC) blood test calculates iron levels in the bloodstream. Iron is correlated with red blood cells’ production, meaning that low iron levels are linked to anemia. Signs of low iron include fatigue, dizziness, tingling sensations, and shortness of breath.
Estradiol Blood Test
Estradiol (E2) is a female sex hormone that regulates menstrual and estrous cycles and plays a role in developing female reproductive organs and secondary sex characteristics. This venipuncture is utilized during annual check-ups for female wellness and is common during pregnancy. The estradiol blood test is priced under $70.
Testosterone Blood Test
Testosterone is a male sex hormone that attributes to the development of the testes and secondary sex characteristics. Low testosterone levels may cause patients to feel fatigued, less sexually driven, and in some cases, depressed. This test is more expensive than the other blood tests, ranging from $50 to $100.
Hemoglobin Blood Test
Like the blood glucose test, the hemoglobin blood test calculates the amount of sugar in the blood to diagnose and determine a patient’s risk for type 1 and type 2 diabetes.