Also known as
Complete Metabolic Panel, CMP, Chemistry 14, Chem 14, Chemistry Panel, or Chemistry Screen.
What is the Purpose of a Complete Metabolic Panel?
The Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP) is a window into your overall wellness. This group of 14 tests provides an overview of the functioning status of your vital organs and bodily fluids. It evaluates the status of your kidneys, liver, and electrolyte and acid/base balance, as well as your blood sugar and blood proteins.
What Does the CMP Blood Test Measure?
CMP labs measure:
- Blood glucose
- Carbon dioxide
- Total protein in the blood
- Alkaline phosphatase (ALP)
- Alanine transaminase (ALT)
- Aspartate aminotransferase (AST)
- Blood urea nitrogen (BUN)
Only one blood draw is needed to run all 14 tests.
Who Should Take a CMP Test?
Doctors generally recommend a CMP blood test as part of your annual health checkup. The tests are used as a barometer of your well-being, ensuring you are in good health or spotting potential issues early so you can seek effective treatment. A physician may also order a CMP test if you’re on medications that may affect your liver or kidneys. Finally, a CMP can help your doctor diagnose a suspected medical condition.
Comprehensive Metabolic Panel Preparation
Fasting is required for 12 hours before giving your blood sample. You may want to talk with the lab technician about your current medications prior to taking the test in case they influence the results.
Complete Metabolic Panel Results
The Personalabs CMP lab test results are easy to read. Once your test is completed, you will receive a report that shows both the normal “reference range” for the biomarkers that were tested, and how your test results compare to the recommended normal levels.
Abnormal CMP test results could be caused by medications you were taking at the time of the test, whether you ate or drank during the fasting period before the test, and whether you exercised before the test.
If your test results show abnormal biomarker levels, you may want to get tested again to verify whether there is reason for concern.
Where Can I Get a CMP Lab Test Done Near Me?
With more than 4,000 partner labs across the United States, Personalabs makes it easy to get a comprehensive metabolic panel near you:
Step 1: Visit our website’s section on general health and wellness tests and order the CMP online. Once the test is purchased, download the lab order for the blood work. (You don’t need a doctor’s approval to get the lab order, depending on the state you live in.)
Step 2: Go to our lab locator to find the affiliate location that’s most convenient for you.
Step 3: Take the order to the lab for the blood draw.
Step 4: Receive your accurate, detailed CMP lab test results, typically within 48 hours, at your private and secure Personalabs account.
Our customer service agents can advise you at any point during the test ordering process. We also have highly-qualified physicians who are available to discuss your test results during a telehealth appointment. Personalabs provides the tools and information you need to feel empowered in your health care decisions.