Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP)

Definition - What does Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP) mean?

A comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP) is a panel of fourteen different blood tests that is often ordered by physicians during routine physicals and as part of workplace wellness programs. The CMP screens for issues with the liver and kidneys, electrolytes, and blood sugar, as well as health problems such as diabetes.

WorkplaceTesting explains Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP)

A comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP) is series of blood tests that screen for a variety of health issues. Blood glucose levels are measured check for diabetes. Blood urea nitrogen and creatinine levels are measured to assess kidney health. Calcium levels are tested to check for parathyroid, bone, and kidney diseases. Sodium, carbon dioxide, chloride, and potassium levels are tested to ensure a proper electrolyte balance in the body. Protein levels are tested to screen for liver and kidney diseases. Bilirubin, alkaline phosphatase, aspartate aminotransferase, and alanine aminotransferase are tested to screen for liver diseases.

Many of the conditions and illnesses that are screened for in a comprehensive metabolic panel are much cheaper and easier to treat, and have better outcomes, when caught early in the progression of the problem. This means that tests such as a CMP are vital in controlling health costs and ensuring a healthier workforce.

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