Frequently Asked Questions
What are the 5 main blood tests?
There are numerous blood tests that can be conducted to assess different aspects of your health. However, here are five common blood tests that are frequently performed:
Complete Blood Count (CBC): This test provides information about different components of your blood, such as red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. It helps evaluate overall health, detect anemia, infection, and other blood disorders.
Basic Metabolic Panel (BMP): This test measures electrolyte levels (such as sodium, potassium, and calcium), kidney function (blood urea nitrogen and creatinine), and glucose levels. It provides a snapshot of your metabolic health and helps assess kidney function, electrolyte balance, and blood sugar levels.
Lipid Panel: This test measures levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in your blood. It helps assess your risk of cardiovascular disease and provides information about your lipid profile.
Blood Glucose Test: This test measures the concentration of glucose (sugar) in your blood. It helps diagnose and monitor diabetes and assess how effectively your body is processing sugar.
Liver Function Tests (LFTs): These tests evaluate liver health and function by measuring various enzymes, proteins, and other substances in the blood, such as alanine transaminase (ALT), aspartate transaminase (AST), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), bilirubin, and albumin.