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Basic Metabolic Panel

Your health care provider may order a basic metabolic panel (BMP) as part of your regular exam. A BMP is a group of blood tests that measures your glucose (sugar), electrolytes and how well your kidneys are working.

What is a Basic Metabolic Panel (BMP)?

A BMP may be odered if there is concern about your glucose, electrolytes or kidneys. While the BMP is a group of tests, you usually only need your blood drawn once. Your health care provider may ask you to fast (not eat or drink anything) for eight to 12 hours before your blood is drawn.

What does the BMP check?

  • Blood urea nitrogen
  • Carbon dioxide
  • Chloride
  • Creatinine
  • Glucose
  • Potassium
  • Sodium
  • Calcium (may be included if your healthcare provider requests it).

Your health care provider’s office will contact you about the results of your test.

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