Eating Disorders: Malnutrition Tests - Topic Overview
As a part of the physical exam for
eating disorders, a doctor may order
certain tests to see whether your body is generally healthy. These may include
blood or urine tests to check:
- Electrolyte levels. Electrolytes are
minerals, such as potassium, calcium, and sodium. A severe imbalance of
electrolytes can lead to seizures, an irregular heartbeat, muscle weakness, and
- Levels of iron, sugar, protein, and
- The function of the kidneys, liver, and
- Levels of certain
hormones, such as
luteinizing hormone (LH) and
follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) in women and
testosterone in men.
- Levels of
minerals in the body.
A doctor may also test whether you have difficulty
digesting certain foods, such as milk and dairy products.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
August 27, 2013
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