Knowing which elements or panels to run on a blood
test can be quite confusing. Most labs offer a multitude of combinations,
each at a different price. I suggest that you order the following
basic panel and add additional panels or elements if needed.
Basic Metabolic Panel
Anion Gap (can calculate)
Bilirubin (total, direct and indirect)
CBC with differential
Blood Sugar regulation concerns? Add
Fasting insulin and Hemoglobin A1C
Thyroid concerns? Add the following:
Free T4 and Free T3.
Run thyroid antibody studies if primary hypothyroidism is suspected.
© 2004 Dicken Weatherby, ND