FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHY TEST MY BMP LEVELS?
The basic metabolic panel (BMP) - a set of eight frequently ordered tests - provides doctors crucial details about a patient's current metabolic status, including blood glucose levels, electrolyte balance, and acid/base status. Abnormal results, particularly a combination of abnormal results, can indicate a problem that must be addressed.
At StudioMD, Dr. Gupdta will ask to check your BPM levels as part of your physical exam before weight loss treatments. He may also use them to monitor certain conditions such as high blood pressure or kidney disease in the process.
WHAT DO THE RESULTS OF YOUR BMP TESTS MEAN?
MP level results, both in excess and in deficiency, can indicate several conditions, such as:
- Glucose - High levels of blood glucose can indicate diabetes, adrenal cortical hyperactivity, and hyperthyroidism. Low levels could be indicative of insulinoma, hypopituitarism, or adrenal cortical insufficiency.
- Calcium - High levels can be dangerous, causing cell death, changes in cardiac rhythm, and even neuromuscular system disorders.
- BUN - Elevated levels have been linked to kidney failure, heart disease, and even stomach ulcers. Low levels can indicate malnutrition, a malfunctioning liver, or alcohol abuse.
- Creatinine - Elevated creatinine levels in the blood can indicate impaired kidney function.
IS THERE ANY RISK IN TAKING THIS TEST?
Alhouth very rare, minor risks are involved when getting a blood test done with a needle. These include bleeding, infection, bruising, and dizziness. You might experience a mild sting or pain when the needle pricks your arm or hand. The Injection site may also be sore afterwards.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A BMP AND A CMP?
A comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP) includes the same 8 tests as a BMP but also has 6 additional tests that look at proteins and liver enzymes. The six additional tests are albumin, total protein, ALP, ALT, AST, and bilirubin.
In general, a CMP is recommended over just a BMP if there are concerns about liver or kidney function. A CMP may also be ordered if you have a known liver condition and your doctor wants to monitor its progression. If you have no symptoms or health conditions, the doctor will likely consider a BMP sufficient for your routine checkup.