A blood profile, or panel, refers to a measurement of multiple
laboratory values that give information about the functions of your body
systems. Blood profiles provide information about your general state of health,
help your health professional find abnormalities, and determine whether
treatment for a specific problem is effective. Blood profiles are also used as
screening tests for healthy (asymptomatic) people. Your health professional can
use information obtained from a blood profile not only to make dietary or
lifestyle recommendations but also to follow the progression of
Laboratory values commonly tested in a blood profile include the
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