Blood Chemistry

Are you asking yourself the questions: What is blood chemistry exactly and why are blood chemistry tests important? Four of the most popular Blood Chemistry Panels available at Ulta Lab Tests include the following:

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Below the list of tests is a guide that explains and answers your questions on what you need to know about blood chemistry tests, along with information on how you can use these lab tests to learn and track your health.

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The BCA Chemistry Panel contains the following tests.

  • Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP)
  • Gamma Glutamyl Transferase (GGT)
  • Lactate Dehydrogenase (LD)
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphate (as Phosphorus)
  • Uric Acid

Dr. Weatherby’s Comprehensive Panel - "Blood Chemistry Analysis Comprehensive Panel" contains the following 45 tests - Bilirubin, Direct; Bilirubin, Fractionated; C-Peptide; C-Reactive Protein (CRP); CBC (includes Differential and Platelets); Collagen Cross-Linked N-Telopeptide (NTx), 24-Hour Urine; Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP); Cortisol, A.M.; Cortisol, P.M.; Creatine Kinase (CK), Total; Creatinine; Creatinine Clearance; DHEA Sulfate, Immunoassay; Estradiol; Ferritin; Fibrinogen Activity, Clauss; Folate, Serum; Fructosamine; Gamma Glutamyl Transferase (GGT); Gastrin; Hemoglobin A1c (HgbA1C); Homocysteine; hs-CRP; Insulin; Iron and Total Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC); Lactate Dehydrogenase (LD); Lipid Panel With Ratios; Magnesium; Phosphate (as Phosphorus); Progesterone, Immunoassay; Protein, Total and Protein Electrophoresis, with Scan; PSA Total; QuestAssureD™ 25-Hydroxyvitamin D (D2, D3), LC/MS/MS; Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG); T3 Reverse (RT3), LC/MS/MS; T3 Total; T3, Free; T4, Free; Testosterone, Free, Bioavailable and Total, LC/MS/MS; Thyroid Panel; Thyroid Peroxidase and Thyroglobulin Antibodies; TSH; Uric Acid; Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin); and VLDL Cholesterol.

Dr. Weatherby’s Standard Panel - "Blood Chemistry Analysis Standard Panel" contains the following 34 tests – Bilirubin, Fractionated; CBC (includes Differential and Platelets); Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP); Creatinine; DHEA Sulfate, Immunoassay; Estradiol; Ferritin; Fibrinogen Activity, Clauss; Folate, Serum; Gamma Glutamyl Transferase (GGT); Hemoglobin A1c (HgbA1C); Homocysteine; hs-CRP; Insulin; Iron and Total Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC); Lactate Dehydrogenase (LD); Lipid Panel With Ratios; Magnesium; Phosphate (as Phosphorus); Progesterone, Immunoassay; Protein, Total and Protein Electrophoresis, with Scan and PSA Total.

Chemistry Panel (CMP) & Complete Blood Count (CBC) Blood Test

This test helps assess overall wellbeing, kidney and liver function, and blood cell count.
This panel contains the following tests:

Blood Sugar:

  • Fasting glucose

Kidney Function:

  • Uric acid
  • BUN (blood urea nitrogen)
  • Creatinine
  • BUN/creatinine ratio
  • eGFR (estimated glomerular filtration rate)

Electrolytes and Minerals:

  • Sodium
  • Potassium
  • Chloride
  • Calcium

Liver Function:

  • Total protein
  • Albumin
  • Globulin
  • Albumin/globulin ratio
  • Bilirubin
  • Alkaline phosphatase
  • LDH (lactate dehydrogenase)
  • AST (aspartate aminotransferase)
  • ALT (alanine transaminase)

Complete Blood Count:

  • Red blood cell count
  • Hemoglobin
  • Hematocrit
  • MCV (mean corpuscular volume)
  • MCH (mean corpuscular hemoglobin)
  • MCHC (mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration)
  • RDW (red blood cell distribution)
  • White blood cell count
  • Differential count
  • Platelet count

A Complete Blood Count (CBC) Panel is used as a screening test for various disease states including anemia, leukemia and inflammatory processes.

A CBC blood test includes the following biomarkers: WBC, RBC, Hemoglobin, Hematocrit, MCV, MCH, MCHC, RDW, Platelet count, Neutrophils, Lymphs, Monocytes, Eos, Basos, Neutrophils (Absolute), Lymphs (Absolute), Monocytes(Absolute), Eos (Absolute), Basos (Absolute), Immature Granulocytes, Immature Grans (Abs)

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Potassium measurements are useful in monitoring electrolyte balance in the diagnosis and treatment of disease conditions characterized by low or high blood potassium levels. Potassium is elevated in adrenal cortical insufficiency, acute renal failure and in some cases of diabetic acidosis. Potassium is decreased in diuretic administration and renal tubular acidosis.

False elevations of potassium may be due to hemolysis or rupture of platelets during coagulation process. The use of plasma potassium levels should be limited to those patients with spuriously elevated or depressed potassium levels due to blood samples left at room temperature, in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia with very high WBC counts (false decline), and those with thrombocytosis (increased platelets) with counts in excess of one million (false elevation).

The SMAC-25 blood chemistry panel, often used as a general screening tool by many physicians. The SMAC-25 includes the following tests.

  • Amylase, Serum
  • Comprehensive Metabolic Panel
  • Creatine Kinase (CK), Total, Serum
  • Gamma Glutamyl Transpeptidase (GGT)
  • Lactate Dehydrogenase (LD) (LDH)
  • Lactic Acid, Plasma
  • Lipid Panel
  • Magnesium, Serum
  • Phosphorus, Serum
  • Uric Acid, Serum

Sodium measurements are useful in the diagnosis and treatment of aldosteronism, diabetes insipidus, adrenal hypertension, Addison's Disease, dehydration, inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion, or other diseases involving electrolyte imbalance.

Knowing our blood chemistry numbers is often not considered because we can't measure it without lab tests. Many delay a visit to a doctor if they are feeling fine or wait for a doctor to order these tests, thus missing the opportunity to identify early changes in their health that can be detected early and correct.

But this doesn't have to be the case. You can order blood chemistry tests directly and even share them with your doctor before your visit so you can be proactive and in control of your health.

If you're confused about all this talk about blood chemistry, we've compiled a quick summary of what blood chemistry tests are and why they're important. Keep reading to learn more.

What is Blood Chemistry?

Your blood is responsible for many things that keep your body running smoothly and in harmony. It transports vital nutrients such as oxygen throughout your body and helps your body regulate and eliminate toxins. Blood also clots whenever your body has an injury to prevent further damage (or even a possible infection).

But despite all of these roles that blood plays in the human body, it only accounts for around 10% of a person's total body weight. Yet, the blood itself is much thicker than something like water which makes up around 60% of the human body.

This is because of all the microscopic parts that make up the blood. Your blood has more than a dozen small trace substances and agents in it, which all play a role in what makes blood not only so thick but so extremely important.

We won't get into too much detail about the specific composition of blood, but it is important to mention a few key components; red blood cells, white blood cells, blood plasma, and platelets. All of which have individual roles in one's health.

These key parts help maintain healthy levels of blood cholesterol, lipids, and blood sugar. Your body will perform most optimally when everything is at the right level. On the other hand, the human body will start to experience negative side effects if anything is out of line.

Unfortunately, we cannot identify the health of our blood by ourselves. This is what makes getting regular blood chemistry takes so incredibly important to your overall health. Not sure what blood chemistry tests are?

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The Importance of Blood Chemistry Blood Tests

Recall the essential components found in the blood that we discussed earlier. Alongside these, other trace substances are located in the blood, such as electrolytes, proteins, fats, and enzymes. An excess or an irregular amount of these substances is a strong indicator of a disease or disorder.

Blood chemistry tests help identify signs of this at an early stage. These types of tests are drawn by phlebotomists in authorized patient service centers and performed in labs.

Blood tests require a small sample of your blood to measure how much of each substance is in your body. The amount of blood drawn depends on what tests you perform.

Benefits of Blood Chemistry Tests

The most evident benefit of regular testing your blood chemistry is better knowledge of your overall health and changes in your health. These lab tests help indicate whether abnormal blood chemistry biomarkers are in excess or deficient. Whenever an abnormal biomarker is identified, you can work with your doctor to find potential lifestyle changes, medications, and supplements to improve your health.

You can take your blood test results to your doctor before your primary visit and proactively prepare to discuss your health at your doctor's appointment. It helps prevent the need for back-to-back visits with your doctor to review test results and increases the value of the initial visit.

Peace of mind is the last big benefit that we'll touch on. Have you ever felt symptoms, searched the internet for clues, only to increase your anxiety and fear that you have a potential illness? It's a terrible feeling.

Getting a blood chemistry test done helps eliminate these fears by rewarding you with peace of mind when your tests come back fine. In the event that there is something abnormal found in your tests, you'll be better off knowing what's wrong and how to treat it.

Here are some other quick benefits of blood chemistry blood tests:

  • Save money 
  • Get to know your biomarkers (blood markers)
  • Early detection 

Finding the Right Testing Site

Four of the most popular Blood Chemistry Panels available at Ulta Lab Tests include the following:

If you're looking for safe, reliable, and quick results, we suggest you consider us here at Ulta Lab Tests.

We offer hundreds of different lab tests and don't require you to have specific insurance. We help you out by giving options for individual blood tests or even complete wellness packages. You can also track your progress and monitor your health fully online.

How Our Testing Process Works

We make our testing process easy, safe, and quick for your benefit. All you have to do is research what test you want and purchase your test online. You'll be prompted to print out your lab requisition right after checkout.

Next, use our locator to find one of our thousands of available and approved testing sites near you. Schedule an appointment at one of them and have them collect your specimen there. In a few days, you'll have full access to your blood chemistry panel all online.

For a more detailed description of our process (as well as some testing tips), click here.

Take Control of Your Health Today

The time to take control of your health is now. With our blood chemistry lab panels, you can take an important step in checking your biomarkers to know your health and identify abnormal readings that can be signs of early diseases or conditions.