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What information does metabolic panel blood test gives to a doctor about a patient's health?"

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Dr. Gregory Hines
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Many things: It looks at your electrolytes like sodium, potassium and glucose, your renal functions, and liver functions.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Much: In the 1970's, using the chemical ("metabolic") profiler for screening was "controversial." today it's cheap and is the usual way in which we pick up several common treatable diseases before symptoms occur -- the hepatitis family, alcoholic / lifestyle / medication-induced liver injury, wilson's, hemochromatosis, parathyroid disease, blood lipid problems. The key is interpreting it!
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Last updated Aug 3, 2018

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