Checking metabolic panel without a doctor

Dan Wich looking disgusted at a urine test

By: Dan Wich

Order metabolic panel (chemistry/SMAC) blood testing online

In the majority of US states you can order metabolic panel testing online and have the blood drawn at a local blood draw center (see my general overview of the process).

I'd suggest ordering from Walk-In Lab because they have the cheapest price I know of ($28), and I've been happy with their service. You can also compare the other 4 metabolic panel test providers I've found.

Take a look at my state-specific issues page if you're in AZ, MD, NJ, NY or RI.

Sources for a slightly-cheaper "basic metabolic panel"

A basic metabolic / chem panel (BMP8) leaves out the protein and liver tests from a comprehensive panel. The price difference is small enough that I always get the comprehensive, but if you'd like to compare, here are the basic panel providers I found:

Understanding the results

The American Association for Clinical Chemistry has helpful pages for understanding the results:

Optimum carbon dioxide / bicarbonate levels

I've been working to understand these levels better (I've always been on the low end of the references ranges no matter what crazy diet / supplement routine I've been doing, so I've been compiling some resources on it:

If you're interested in self-testing as I am, check out my Facebook or Twitter account where I post interesting self-testing news and get a little too excited about blood test sales.


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Please leave a comment if you see a way to improve this page or if you have any questions. Keep in mind that I know little about the medical side of bloodwork, I just enjoy making sites with lists of things.

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