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How to Interpret Your Lab Work Like a Doctor

How to Interpret Your Lab Work Like a Doctor

When you go to the doctor to get your blood work one thing that is often included is a basic metabolic panel or renal panel. That tells you how your kidneys, electrolytes and everything is functioning in your body in one report. In this week’s video I want to give you some clues and information on how to interpret these readings at home. Oftentimes this report will come to you before your doctor or physician’s assistant is able to look over it, so it is important to have a basic understanding of what is included.

The basic metabolic panel consists of 7 blood test results. Today we will cover those results and a few bonus readings as well. Watch now to find out more.

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Working as a kidney doctor, I found that my patients were often unaware of just how important diet and lifestyle were and how often they felt unsupported by generic advice to “eat healthy”. The home cook in me hated hearing this, so I set out to find a better way.

I began to combine my medical training and love of food, making videos of simple recipes that were based on science and packed with flavor. Instead of just saying “eat healthy” to my patients, I could give them the resources they needed to make a real difference in their health.

Kidney doctor, passionate home cook, and YouTube sensation Dr Blake Shusterman empowers people to proactively manage their health by stepping into the kitchen. The author of several cookbooks with over 100,000 YouTube subscribers, The Cooking Doc® believes anyone, at any age can transform their health with small changes that make a big difference. Based on science and packed with flavor, Dr. Blake’s simple recipes have inspired home cooks everywhere to change their diet, retrain their taste buds, and transform their health.

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Content Chapters:
00:00 – Reading a Basic Metabolic Panel / Renal Panel
01:00 – Sodium
02:00 – Hyponatremia
02:30 – Potassium
03:27 – Chloride
03:48 – Bicarbonate
04:57 – Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN)
05:35 – Creatinine
06:30 – Glucose
07:06 – eGFR – Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate
07:58 – Phosphorus
08:26 – Albumin
09:13 – Wrap Up

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Diabetes and self-monitoring blood sugar levels

Checking your blood sugar level daily is very important in managing your diabetes. In this video, you will learn how to check your blood sugar levels at home.

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