Have you ever wished you could be Osmosis Jones or Miss Frizzle so you could shrink yourself small enough to get a close up, inside look at what’s really going on inside your body? Or maybe that there was a camera you could swallow then drive around through all of your different systems like a microscopic drone? Well, sadly none of that is possible (yet). However, modern medicine does have a pretty nifty alternative option in the form of blood testing. If you Google ‘blood tests’ or ‘important labs’ you’ll get billions of results which can be overwhelming at best, so how do you narrow it down? Is there a test out there that just gives you the Miss Frizzle version of your body’s status? There is, as a matter of fact. It’s called a CP24 Panel and, in short, it’s a combination of a comprehensive metabolic panel, lipid panel, and hepatic panel all rolled into one simple blood test. Keep reading for a breakdown of how each of those panels gives you a big picture of how your body is doing.
First, the CP24 offers a comprehensive metabolic panel. Metabolic panels measure your sugar levels, electrolyte and fluid levels, and kidney and liver functions. These things are important to keep track of because they affect your energy, your fluids, your heart rhythm, how well your muscles and brain function, waste removal, digestion, and nutrition. If one of those things is too low or too high, it could cause things like high blood pressure, kidney or liver disease, or diabetes. Keeping up with your body’s metabolic processes is one of the most important things you can do to practice preventative healthcare for yourself.
A lipid panel also comes in the CP24, and this group of tests checks the levels of fats and fatty substances in your blood. This gives you a good look at things like cholesterols (HDL, LDL, and total cholesterol) and triglyceride levels. Lipid disorders, like high cholesterol, can lead to coronary artery disease, heart attacks, or strokes. They can often be managed or even fixed with medication and/or diet changes if caught early, so lipid panels are also excellent preventative medicine.
Lastly, hepatic panels measure the levels of protein, albumin, bilirubin, and liver enzymes in your blood to check for liver damage or disease. A healthy liver filters your blood to remove toxins, metabolize medications, and help with overall digestion in many ways. Since the liver is such a vital part of our digestive tract, if it’s damaged or diseased, it could cause excessive fluid buildup, bleeding disorders, jaundice, as well as a variety of other issues. Regular hepatic panels can help prevent or catch early signs of liver cancer, hepatitis, cirrhosis, and other common liver diseases.
CBC & CP24
As an added bonus, you can also opt to get a CBC (complete blood count) panel with your CP24. The CBC measures several different aspects of your actual blood, like how many red and white blood cells you have, how your platelet count looks, and if you have enough hemoglobin. Adding the CBC to the CP24 would mean you’d get a solid look at whether your blood itself is healthy, as well as how healthy all the important chemicals within your blood are.
ProHealth recommends and offers both the CBC and the CP24 panels, together or separately. The CP24 blood test is $67 and the CBC blood test is $23. The CBC and CP24 together is $90. We’d love to help you put your healthiest foot forward, so give us a call or walk-in at any of our seven locations to set up an appointment with our labs, and click here for more info about the labs we offer.