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Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP)


The Comprehensive Metabolic Panel Test (CMP) measures blood sugar (glucose) levels, electrolyte and fluid balance, kidney function, and liver function by evaluating 14 individual substances in your blood. Our Comprehensive Metabolic Panel Test can give you an idea of your overall health and can be useful in diagnosing diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease, hypertension, and other conditions.

Testing Method:
Blood draw
Test Preparation:
Fasting is required (i.e. no eating or drinking anything besides water for at least 8 hours prior to testing).
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How Our Comprehensive Metabolic Panel Works

The comprehensive metabolic panel tests are intended to detect typical health concerns and assist you in determining your risk of developing certain illnesses. You won’t need an appointment after you book your comprehensive metabolic panel.

With over 4000 facilities across the country, we have plenty close to you. All you need to do is find the one most convenient for you and visit it at a time that works for your schedule. One of our certified staff members will take a blood sample using the prick method, which is quick and painless.

We realize that you have a lot on your plate. That’s why make sure everything takes no more than a few minutes. So, you only need to set aside a small amount of your time when preparing for the comprehensive metabolic panel. 

Once we have the sample, we’ll test them in a CLA-certified lab, and your results will be out in three days. 

What Does the Comprehensive Metabolic Panel Include?

Our comprehensive metabolic panel tests 14 different substances in your blood. They are:

  • Albumin
  • Alkaline phosphatase
  • ALT (alanine aminotransferase) 
  • AST (aspartate aminotransferase) 
  • Bilirubin
  • BUN (blood urea nitrogen)
  • Calcium
  • Carbon dioxide
  • Chloride
  • Creatinine
  • Globulin
  • Glucose
  • Potassium
  • Sodium

When these substances reach abnormal levels in your body, it could signify a problem. That’s why we recommend getting comprehensive metabolic panel tests at least once a year.

What Can the Comprehensive Metabolic Panel Be Used For?

The comprehensive metabolic panel is one of the most important health screenings you can have. It can detect problems with your liver, kidneys, and metabolism. It can also show whether you have diabetes or prediabetes.

If you’re experiencing symptoms like fatigue, weight loss, or yellowing of the skin, the comprehensive metabolic panel can help find out what’s causing them. It can also be used to monitor people who are at risk for certain diseases, such as liver disease.

What Do the Results Mean?

The results of the comprehensive metabolic panel are reported as numbers. They are compared to what is considered normal for someone of your age, sex, and race.

Some substances in the panel, such as glucose, can be affected by what you eat or drink. So, it’s important to fast (not eat or drink anything except water) for at least 8 hours before the test.

Your doctor will review the results with you and explain their meaning. If your results are abnormal, your doctor may order more tests to find out what is causing the problem.

What Are the Risks?

There are very few risks associated with having a blood test. You may have slight bruising at the site where the needle was inserted. You can reduce the risk of bruising by applying pressure to the site for a few minutes after removing the needle.

In rare cases, the needle may cause a small drop in blood pressure. This usually goes away quickly.

When to Get the Comprehensive Metabolic Panel

We recommend that you get a comprehensive metabolic panel once a year. You may need it more often if you have a chronic disease like diabetes.

How to Prepare for the Comprehensive Metabolic Panel

You should fast (not eat or drink anything except water) for at least 8 hours before the test. This will ensure that your results are accurate.

You don’t need to do anything else to prepare for the test. You don’t need to have an appointment. Just find a facility that’s convenient for you and visit it at a time that works for your schedule.


  • A comprehensive metabolic panel is a blood test that measures 14 different substances in your blood. These substances include glucose, calcium, and chloride. The test can be used to detect problems with your liver, kidneys, and metabolism.

  • A comprehensive metabolic panel is recommended once a year. You may need it more often if you have a persistent illness, such as diabetes.

  • It’s important that you fast (not eat or drink anything except water) for at least 8 hours before the test so that we can get accurate results.

  • During the test, a small blood sample will be taken. You may feel a little sting when the needle is inserted. After the blood is collected, the needle will be removed, and a bandage will be applied to the site.