How To Understand Your SMAC Blood Test Report


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The SMAC blood chemistry panel scans a number of different blood areas. Abnormalities do not necessarily mean disease, and some people with disease may have normal tests. The panel may however give clues to be followed. Minor variations from the ranges given can be seen in normal people and are not cause for alarm, but for further recheck. Single determinations of any tests frequently require confirmation.

a blood protein manufactured by the liver. Marked changes may be related to liver disease or poor nutrition.

a material in the blood related to liver or bone. Young people may have higher values.

a level of bile pigment in the blood. Increases can be associated with liver disease or breakdown of the red blood cells. Slight increases sometimes have no significance.

a mineral in the blood coming from the bone. Abnormalities of the bone, such as loss of bone tissue, can increase values; while poor intake, kidney disease, and lack of Vitamin D can decrease the value.

a blood gas which helps keep the body from becoming too acidic or alkaline.

a body salt usually following the same pattern as sodium.

blood fat in part related to eating animal fats (eggs, cheese, cream, liver, pork, beef fat, etc.). Increased values may indicate a tendency to hardening of the arteries. Values of 180 or less are associated with the least risk of heart attack.

a waste product removed from the body by the kidneys.

similar to Albumin but contains some portions of the blood related to immunity. Minor variations are common.

a blood sugar. High values seen in diabetes, may be altered by diet and medication.

generally related to bone activity, usually follows exact opposite pattern to blood calcium.

one of the body salts found mostly inside of body cells. Long fasting and breakdown of cells in handling can increase values. Water pills frequently lower the values, kidney damage can increase them.

measures the iron stored. It may be lower in anemic people and higher due to excessive iron and/or pregnancy. Morning values may be much higher than afternoon values.

materials found in the liver and muscle cells. Damage to these will increase values.

a body salt. Kidney disease and certain diseases of the adrenal gland, as well as dehydration can cause abnormal values.

measures similar things to creatinine.

a material which, with excessive amounts, can deposit in the kidney and cause stones, or in the joints and cause gout.

the combination of Albumin and Globulin. Abnormal values occur in liver disease and with poor diet.

are blood fats related to total calories and starch, especially sweets, in diet rather than to fat. High levels sometimes associated with hardening of the arteries. Alcohol will also increase values.

NOTE: Changes in Carbon Dioxide and Chloride are very frequent in normal people due to interaction between various blood components and need not be cause for concern.

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