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Metabolic Panel Blood Test

Original price £69.00 - Original price £69.00
Original price
£69.00
£69.00 - £69.00
Current price £69.00

This metabolic panel test checks for the balance of electrolytes in your blood as well as blood glucose levels and kidney function. Ideal for gym performance monitoring and the exercise conscious.

  • Biomarkers: 10
  • Turnaround: 1-2 days

Simple and accurate blood test from a laboratory you can speak to.

Step 1. Choose sample collection option

Currently selected option: HOME KIT via Royal Mail Tracked 24

  • Available everywhere in mainland UK.
  • Includes everything you need to take a safe and suitable blood sample in about 15 minutes.
  • Post the sample back to our laboratory via Royal Mail Tracked 24.

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About the test

This metabolic panel test checks for the balance of electrolytes in your blood as well as blood glucose levels and kidney function. Ideal for gym performance monitoring and the exercise conscious.

The balance of electrolytes in our blood is vital for the correct functioning of nerves and muscles, the maintenance of our heart rhythm and a whole host of other essential metabolic functions. Disturbances in electrolyte levels may result in no symptoms at all but, if severe, may have life threatening consequences. In between these two scenarios are a range of more or less significant symptoms depending on the severity of the abnormality, and the particular electrolyte that is abnormal. In this test we check for sodium, potassium, chloride and calcium.

We also measure the level of the waste product creatinine from which we can estimate the health of your kidneys (which is given as the eGFR). The kidneys are crucial in maintaining the balance of electrolytes in the blood and so kidney health and normal electrolyte levels are closely bound.

Liver function is tested because the health of your liver is so important to your overall health, but also because electrolyte abnormalities can occur in liver disease, particularly in the later stages of the disease.

Lastly, we check blood sugar levels in the form of glucose which is the body`s energy source. Abnormal levels of glucose may indicate diabetes or pre-diabetes.

10 Biomarkers

  1. KIDNEY FUNCTION

    - Albumin
    - Creatinine
    - Estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR)
    - Urea

  2. ELECTROLYTES

    - Sodium
    - Potassium (walk-in only)
    - Chlorine
    - Calcium
    - Corrected Calcium

  3. BLOOD SUGAR

    - Fasting Glucose

  4. UPGRADE

    Need more biomarkers? Check out our Advanced Metabolic Panel Blood Test.

  1. TURNAROUND TIME

    For most biomarkers our usual turnaround time is 24-48 hours, or less, from the time your sample is in our lab. We do not wait for all the results to complete before sending them to you, so you may start receiving results the same day for most cases, or as results become available.

    We are extremely proud of our very short turnaround times and a very efficient laboratory processes. Whilst we accommodate the shortest of time scales, with some results available within hours, for this particular test the usual turnaround time is:


    1-2 days

Doctor's notes

Hi, I am Dr. Adam Staten and here's my view on this test as a GP and Clinical Director at One Day Tests.

The balance of electrolytes in our blood is vital for the correct functioning of nerves and muscles, the maintenance of our heart rhythm and a whole host of other essential metabolic functions. Disturbances in electrolyte levels may result in no symptoms at all but, if severe, may have life threatening consequences. In between these two scenarios are a range of more or less significant symptoms depending on the severity of the abnormality, and the particular electrolyte that is abnormal. In this test we check for sodium, potassium, chloride and calcium. 

We also measure the level of the waste product creatinine from which we can estimate the health of your kidneys (which is given as the eGFR). The kidneys are crucial in maintaining the balance of electrolytes in the blood and so kidney health and normal electrolyte levels are closely bound. 

Liver function is tested because the health of your liver is so important to your overall health, but also because electrolyte abnormalities can occur in liver disease, particularly in the later stages of the disease. 

Lastly, we check blood sugar levels in the form of glucose which is the body`s energy source. Abnormal levels of glucose may indicate diabetes or pre-diabetes.

Red flag symptoms for the Metabolic Panel Blood Test

Even if your blood tests are normal, you should see a doctor if you have any of the symptoms below.

  • Progressive weakness or lethargy.
  • Confusion. 
  • Severe muscle cramps.
  • Unexplained weight loss.
  • Unexplained abdominal swelling.
  • Yellowing of the skin or eyes.

Your Results and Health Dashboard

The results of your Metabolic Panel Blood Test will be emailed to you as a secured PDF file, ready for your GP and will also be uploaded to our Health Dashboard area of the website. It’s a unique and powerful tool, powered by our in-house clinical analysis research, to match your biomarkers across test panels and symptoms, as well as provide clinical commentary on all individual biomarkers you tested for.

The health dashboard will also provide "panel level" commentary - a birds eye view of the biomarkers that were tested. This feature allows you to view your test results and clinical commentary, and compare them to previous results, giving you a clear understanding of how your health is progressing.

By using the Health Dashboard, you can identify changes in your biomarkers and make necessary adjustments to your lifestyle. This added value is immense, as it empowers you to monitor your health and make informed decisions about your well-being.

It's free and is available with all of our tests.

Save on continuous monitoring with our subscription plan

The best way to look after your health is to do so regularly. This is easy to do with our continual monitoring plans which give you a discount on future blood tests. You choose the frequency and we'll do the rest.

When you purchase a subscription, we will deliver your home test kits or allow you to book appointments in line with your chosen frequency. You will be able to track your biomarkers over time in our powerful Health Dashboard, where results will be automatically updated for you. There is a minimum of 3 tests with any subscription, after which you can pause/restart/cancel at any time.

Special instructions

Hi, I am Stefania Brown, I am the Laboratory Manager at One Day Tests and here are the lab's special requests for the Metabolic Panel Blood Test.

This is best done as a fasting test so have nothing to eat and only drink water from 10pm the night before you take the test.

We do not report on Potassium measurement in the home kit version of the test.

Venepuncture appointment - how to prepare

If you are coming into one of our clinics for the test, this is what you need to do before you arrive:

  • Drink plenty of water about an hour before the appointment.
  • Avoid coffee/tea/energy drinks. Water is good!
  • That’s it! We’ll do the rest.

Home test kit for Metabolic Panel Blood Test - how it works

Our blood test kits are simple and convenient.

The most important step in doing a blood test at home is to read the instructions very carefully. The process is very simple, but there are a few pitfalls you need to be aware of - you will save yourself a lot of time if you do it right the first time around!

  • Full printed instructions will arrive with your kit - please read them carefully.
  • Drink plenty before taking the sample and warm your hands up in the sink with warm water for a few minutes. This will make your blood flow much better.
  • Fill the tubes to the top line. We don’t need much blood; filling tubes to the top line is about 15 drops of blood.
  • Post the samples on the same day you take them, before midday, Monday to Thursday. If you post it any other time it might get to us late or be stuck at a sorting office over the weekend. You will then have to do it again.
  • Package the sample in the same box the kit came in. Otherwise, Royal Mail or DPD will reject it. The sample tubes go into a pouch, then into a cardboard box, and then into a return envelope. All of this is provided in the kit: please use it.

We look forward to receiving your sample in our lab!

How the finger prick home test kit for Metabolic Panel Blood Test works - from Dr. Adam Staten

Why choose us?

Hello! My name is Dr. Vinesh Mistry, I am part of the GP team here at One Day Tests and here is why you should trust us to test your blood.

We run our own regulated laboratories and our own accredited clinics. We manufacture our own approved home sample collection kits. Your results are looked after by our fantastic clinical governance team and our super-talented biomedical science team.

When you book your test with us - you book directly with the lab. This means accuracy and responsible duty of care, direct access to the provider and extremely fast turnaround times.

Finally, our customer services rock! You can ask the lab a question any time or you can speak to a real human. It's good to WhatsApp, email on hello@onedaytests.com or give us a call on 0845 527 07 67.

Frequently Asked Questions

Hi, I am Lana Nela, Lead Nurse, and here is what we are frequently asked about this test.

What are the symptoms of electrolyte imbalances? 

This depends on the electrolyte that is either high or low. In many cases, if the imbalance is mild, there will be no symptoms. Major electrolyte imbalances can cause lethargy, muscle cramps, nausea, weakness, and eventually, severe problems such as seizures and cardiac arrest. 

If I forget to fast, is the test still valid? 

We interpret the blood glucose level on the assumption that you have fasted, so if you forget to fast then it may lead us to believe there is a problem when there actually is not. The fasting glucose also allows us to look for "impaired fasting glucose" which is high blood sugar levels despite having fasted. This is a sign that you are at high risk of progressing to diabetes. A "random" glucose (i.e. taken when you have not fasted) can still be useful, a normal result is reassuring but a high result should prompt further investigations. 

What causes damage to the liver? 

The liver can be damaged by many things. It may be damaged by infectious illnesses such as hepatitis or by illness caused by genetic factors or autoimmune conditions. It can also be damaged by alcohol, other toxins, and some medications. For this reason, you need to have your liver function tested regularly when you are on certain medications. One very common cause of liver disease is "fatty liver disease" which is when fat builds up in the liver. The cause of excess fat in the liver is usually the same as excess fat elsewhere in the body - an unhealthy lifestyle.

Is liver damage permanent?

The liver has excellent powers of regeneration and liver disease can often be halted and reversed, particularly in the early stages. The key is removing the cause of the damage which in many cases is alcohol or excess calorie intake. Liver damage can however progress to scarring which is known as cirrhosis. Cirrhosis is irreversible and can eventually lead to death.

Why take this test?

Hi, I am Dr. Marco Esposito and here is why it's important to take this test.

You want to know what your electrolyte levels are 

  • You are worried about diabetes 
  • You are taking medication that may affect your electrolyte levels
  • You want to check that your kidneys are healthy
  • You want to check that your liver is healthy

Is this test right for you?

Hi, I am Sandeep Patel, I am the Laboratory Director at One Day Tests. Here are the symptoms that you may wish to address with this test.

You may want to take the basic metabolic panel if you want to know that you have the the correct balance of blood electrolytes, you are worried about diabetes, or you want to check that your kidneys and liver are healthy.

You might also want to take this test if you are on medication that might affect your electrolyte levels, such as many blood pressure medications.

  1. SYMPTOMS AND TAGS

    Abdominal pain, Blood in stool, Chronic fatigue, Confusion, Diarrhoea, Erectile disfunction, Fatigue, Headache, Insomnia/lack of sleep, Muscle cramps, Need to wee often, Poor appetite, Stomach cramps, and Weight loss

Why blood tests are important.