Sodium in your food adds flavor, but sodium in your body adds balance — it’s an electrolyte that controls fluid and pH levels for optimal health. Sodium (aka the chemical symbol Na) can be tested as part of your annual blood work, or it may need to be checked if you have symptoms caused by high sodium levels (hypernatremia) or low (hyponatremia). For instance, low sodium can cause leg cramps and disrupt normal muscle and nerve function, while high sodium can elevate your blood pressure.
The sodium test will tell you how much sodium is in your body.
Confusion, muscle twitches, and seizures are signs that your sodium is either too high or too low, and can signal the need for a Na lab test. You may also monitor your levels if you have high blood pressure or a kidney disorder, which can be affected by the amount of sodium in your body. And you can preventively measure your levels during your annual checkup; sodium can be tested on its own or included in an electrolyte panel, basic metabolic panel, or comprehensive metabolic panel.
You don’t need to take any special steps before your blood test for Na.
The typical ideal range for sodium is 135 to 145 milliequivalents per liter. If your levels fall outside that range, you may need more testing to determine an appropriate course of treatment. Find guidance and support with Personalabs; we offer telehealth appointments with our board-certified physicians.
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The process is simple:
Step 1: Choose the sodium level test and download the lab order that comes with it. (You may not even need a doctor’s approval before purchasing the test, depending on the state where you live.)
Step 2: Pinpoint the closest testing facility with our lab locator tool. (It shouldn’t be hard to find; our partnerships with Quest Diagnostics and Labcorp give you more than 4,000 locations to choose from.)
Step 3: Bring the test order to the lab and get your blood drawn.
Step 4: See your results report within 2 to 10 business days in your private Personalabs portal. (Need the results by a specific date? Just contact us, and we can work the lab on the turnaround time.)
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