The Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP) is a blood test that provides a snapshot of the chemical composition of a person’s body. The test checks the levels of glucose, electrolytes, proteins, and the function of the liver and kidneys. It is often ordered by a doctor to diagnose illness, monitor health over time, or prior to taking new medications. The CMP requires a fast of eight to twelve hours before the test, and a sample of the patient’s blood is collected by a healthcare professional and sent to a laboratory for analysis. The procedure of collecting the blood sample is quick and simple, with a needle inserted into the patient’s arm to collect a small blood sample in a test tube. The process usually takes less than five minutes and is not painful.
When we think of liver disease, our minds first go to alcohol and alcohol-related abuse of the liver.
There is good news and bad news when it comes to liver health. The bad news is that there’s many different ways for people to get liver disease. The good news is that regardless of the type of disease, the progress of its effects on the liver are consistent. The liver is predictable before eventually collapsing into liver decay. Really there are four major points when it comes to measuring the extent of liver disease. By knowing where you are in the four stages of liver disease, you can most effectively combat the problem and turn the problem around. In this post we’re going to tell you what the four stages of liver disease are and what each stage means.
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