Our Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP) offers a detailed evaluation of your body’s chemical balance and metabolism. This extensive test measures levels of glucose, electrolytes, kidney and liver markers, and more, providing a snapshot of your overall health. It’s an essential tool for diagnosing medical conditions, evaluating organ function, and guiding treatment plans. Ideal for those seeking a thorough health assessment, our CMP utilizes the latest laboratory techniques to ensure accurate and reliable results. Trust our advanced testing for a deeper understanding of your metabolic health.

Who should get tested?

  • Ideal Candidates for CMP Testing:
    • Individuals monitoring chronic conditions such as diabetes, liver diseases, and kidney disorders.
    • Adults undergoing regular health checkups, particularly those over 40 years old.
    • People experiencing symptoms like fatigue, weight loss, or nausea.
    • Individuals managing ongoing medical treatments.
  • Benefits of CMP Testing:
    • Provides vital information on blood sugar levels, electrolyte and fluid balance.
    • Offers insights into liver and kidney function.
    • Aids in early detection of potential health issues.
    • Supports informed health management and treatment planning.
  • Key Takeaway:
    • Prioritize your health with accurate and comprehensive metabolic testing for informed well-being insights.

Turnaround time

  • Note: Result turnaround times are only an estimate and may be subject to change.
  • Test turnaround time for Comprehensive Metabolic Panel is typically 1-2 business days.

Patient Preparation

  • The  Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP) requires fasting (no food or drink, only water) for 8-12 hours before your appointment.

Individual Test Information

    • Glucose: The primary source of energy for your body, glucose levels can indicate your body’s efficiency in energy utilization and potential issues like diabetes.
    • Calcium: As a vital mineral, calcium is essential for the proper functioning of nerves, muscles, and the heart. Monitoring calcium levels helps maintain crucial bodily functions.
    • Electrolytes (Sodium, Potassium, Carbon Dioxide, Chloride): These charged minerals are crucial for fluid balance and maintaining the body’s acid-base equilibrium, reflecting overall hydration and metabolic health.
    • Albumin & Total Protein: Key indicators of liver function and overall nutrition, albumin, and total protein levels in the blood can reveal important health insights.
    • Liver Enzymes (ALP, ALT, AST): These enzymes are vital indicators of liver health, with abnormal levels often signaling liver damage or disease.
    • Bilirubin: As a waste product processed by the liver, elevated bilirubin levels can indicate liver dysfunction or other related health issues.
    • Kidney Function Markers (BUN, Creatinine): These waste products, removed by the kidneys, are essential to assess kidney health and function.

FAQ about Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (More FAQs here)

  • How is the CMP different from the basic metabolic panel (BMP)?

The comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP) and the basic metabolic panel (BMP) are two sets of lab tests used to assess various aspects of an individual’s overall health and organ function. While both panels share some common components, there are distinct differences between them.

The basic metabolic panel (BMP) typically consists of eight components, namely glucose, calcium, sodium, potassium, bicarbonate, chloride, blood urea nitrogen (BUN), and creatinine. These tests evaluate important markers related to kidney function, electrolyte balance, and overall metabolism.

On the other hand, the comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP) includes all the components found in the BMP but adds additional measurements commonly included in a liver panel test. The liver panel component of the CMP includes tests for albumin, total protein, alkaline phosphatase (ALP), alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), and bilirubin. These liver-specific tests help assess liver function, detect liver damage or disease, and evaluate conditions such as jaundice and hepatitis.

Therefore, the main difference between the BMP and the CMP lies in the inclusion of liver-related tests in the latter. While the BMP focuses on kidney function, electrolyte balance, and metabolism, the CMP provides a more comprehensive overview by also assessing liver function.

  • What follow-up questions can I ask my doctor regarding abnormal results?

When discussing abnormal results with your doctor, here are some follow-up questions you may want to consider:

1. Can you explain which specific measurements on my test were abnormal?
2. What could be the potential causes or explanations for these abnormal results?
3. Based on the abnormalities in my test results, are there any additional tests that you would recommend?
4. Would it be beneficial to repeat the test, or should I consider any alternative tests? If so, when should it be done?
5. Are there any potential treatments or interventions that I should consider based on these abnormal results?
6. Could these abnormal results be indicative of any underlying health conditions or concerns?
7. Is there any important lifestyle or dietary changes that I should make in light of these abnormal results?
8. What are the possible short-term and long-term implications of these abnormal results for my overall health?
9. Are there any specific symptoms or warning signs that I should be mindful of in relation to these abnormal results?
10. Do you recommend seeking a second opinion from a specialist or expert in this particular area?

Remember, open and clear communication with your doctor is essential in understanding your health conditions and making informed decisions about your care.


  • What information is included in a test report for a CMP?

After undergoing a CMP test, there are a few things that you can expect in terms of post-procedure care. Once the blood sample has been successfully drawn, the needle will be removed, concluding the procedure. To prevent any further bleeding from the puncture site, a swab or bandage will typically be applied by the technician. While it is relatively uncommon, some individuals may experience tenderness or bruising in their arm after the blood is drawn. However, serious or long-lasting effects are not commonly observed.

Since fasting is required before the CMP test, you might find yourself feeling hungry afterward. Therefore, it is advisable to bring along a snack or something to eat to replenish your energy levels. Following the completion of the test, you can resume most of your normal activities, including driving. However, it is recommended to wait for at least an hour after the blood draw before engaging in any strenuous exercises or carrying heavy objects. This short waiting period allows your body to recover from the procedure adequately.

In summary, after a CMP test, you can anticipate the technician applying a swab or bandage to prevent bleeding, the possibility of slight tenderness or bruising in the arm, and the need to eat something afterwards due to fasting. It is important to adhere to the recommended waiting period before engaging in intense physical activities to ensure your well-being.

  • When should someone get a CMP test?

A comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP) test may be recommended in certain situations. Firstly, if you have previously had an abnormal test result, your doctor may order a CMP to monitor whether your levels remain abnormal. Additionally, a CMP can be useful after starting a new treatment to assess any changes in blood levels. This is particularly important if the medication has the potential to affect the function of your kidneys or liver. However, it is worth noting that there are currently no clear guidelines defining when a CMP should be used as a routine screening tool for individuals without any symptoms or as an essential health screening. Although many doctors do include this test as part of routine checkups, there is a lack of evidence demonstrating that the benefits of such testing outweigh the potential risks, such as unnecessary costs and procedures involved. Therefore, the decision to undergo a CMP test should be made on a case-by-case basis in consultation with your healthcare provider


  • Can the CMP test be taken at home?

No, the CMP test is not typically taken at home. It is usually conducted in a lab or a medical setting where a sample is obtained. While the full CMP panel is not available as an at-home test kit, you do have the option to order a CMP online and arrange for mobile phlebotomy by calling s at 407-783-1000 or emailing Testing@appliDX.com

Sample Type

  • Blood
  • 1 mL serum collected in SST


  1. “Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP): MedlinePlus Medical Test.” MedlinePlus, U.S. National Library of Medicine, 2 Mar. 2021, medlineplus.gov/lab-tests/comprehensive-metabolic-panel-cmp/.

Additional Commonly Asked Questions

What do liver enzymes indicate and how do they help in interpreting test results?
Liver enzymes, such as ALP, ALT, and AST, are vital indicators of liver health. Abnormal levels of these enzymes can signal liver damage or disease. By analyzing the levels of liver enzymes in the test results, doctors can evaluate the functioning and condition of the liver, providing important information about overall health.

How do glucose levels contribute to the interpretation of test results?
Glucose levels are a crucial measurement that contributes to the interpretation of test results. They indicate the body’s efficiency in energy utilization and can provide insights into potential issues like diabetes. Abnormal glucose levels can be indicative of metabolic disorders or problems with energy regulation.

What can these patterns help evaluate?
These patterns can help evaluate various aspects of health. Specifically, they can provide information about kidney and liver conditions, as well as metabolic health. By identifying the patterns in the test results, doctors can assess the functioning and overall health of these vital organs.

What patterns in the test results can provide meaningful information?
Patterns relating to which levels are abnormal can provide meaningful information. By observing the specific combinations of abnormal levels, doctors can gather important insights that aid in understanding the underlying cause of the test results.

What does it mean to interpret test results in the context of other measurements?
Interpreting test results in the context of other measurements involves reviewing each level and considering how they relate to each other. By analyzing the patterns and relationships between different levels, doctors can gain a better understanding of the underlying cause of the results.

What do electrolytes (sodium, potassium, carbon dioxide, chloride) reflect?
Electrolytes, including sodium, potassium, carbon dioxide, and chloride, are charged minerals that are crucial for fluid balance and maintaining the body’s acid-base equilibrium. Monitoring electrolyte levels provides insights into overall hydration and metabolic health.

Why is calcium important to monitor?
Calcium is an essential mineral that plays a vital role in the proper functioning of nerves, muscles, and the heart. Monitoring calcium levels is crucial to maintain these crucial bodily functions and ensure overall health.

What does glucose level indicate?
Glucose levels, which are the primary source of energy for the body, can indicate the body’s efficiency in energy utilization. Abnormal glucose levels can also be an indication of potential issues like diabetes, making it an important parameter to monitor.

How can the reference range vary between laboratories?
The reference range can vary between laboratories due to the fact that not all laboratories use exactly the same methods to measure the components of the CMP. Since these methods can differ, the range of normal results for each item can also differ. Therefore, it is essential to consider the reference range listed for the specific laboratory that analyzed the sample to properly interpret the test levels.

Why is it important for the test report to list the reference range for each of the 14 items in the Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP)?
It is important for the test report to list the reference range for each of the 14 items in the CMP because different laboratories may use different methods to measure these components. As a result, the range of normal results can vary by laboratory. By having the reference range listed, it allows individuals to consider their test levels in the context of the specific lab that analyzed their sample, ensuring accurate interpretation of the results.



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