A better question is why not? It is a basic panel of 8 tests (commonly called a BMP) that measure your basic organ functioning and it is the mostly commonly prescribed test by doctors to understand your basic health and gain insight into what might not be working properly. In addition to that it's done at almost every physical and check-up so why pay the $50 to $300 it will cost you at an office visit and get it done. Take the results with you on your next visit to your doctor. Ask your doctor to join our network to help with managing your healthcare.
8 Tests That Make up the Basic Metabolic Panel or BMP
BUN (Blood Urea Nitrogen) measures the amount of nitrogen in the blood to evaluate your Kidney Function
Creatinine with GFR Estimated - Also an indicator of Kidney Function
Glucosemeasures your blood sugar levels - abnormally high or low levels can indicate a range of issues including Diabetes and/or complications from other medications or diseases. ( If a known diabetic include a Hemoglobin A1C that measures sugar levels averages for the past 90 days.)
CO2 (Carbon Dioxide or Bicarbonate)references lung and kidney function.
Calcium levels can indicate whether there is a kidney stone or other parathyroid problem. (Thyroid is a gland in the neck that regulates metabolism).
Sodium levels test more of the body's water balance than actual salt levels. Evaluates if you are dehydrated.
Potassium is an electrolyte that is essential for proper nerve, muscle and heart function.
Chloride levels evaluate whether your blood is too alkaline or basic or too acidic or this test can be used to monitor other health conditions like high blood pressure, heart failure and kidney or liver disease.
BUN/Creatinine Ratio (calculated)is used to diagnose kidney function, and congestive heart failure
Test Prep: Fasting Required. No food or drink except water for 8 hours prior to testing.