Renal Function Panel Test: Understanding your kidney lab results and what the numbers mean

Episode 189: Renal Function Panel Test: Understanding your kidney lab results and what the numbers mean. The renal function panel (aka renal function tests or RFTs) is one of the blood tests your physician will order when you have kidney disease. This test is reviewed by your doctor and renal dietitian. Your labs can provide your healthcare providers with details of what is going on inside your body- whether you realize it or not. Renal Dietitian Jen Hernandez of Plant Powered Kidneys dives into exactly what an adult renal function panel includes.

Renal Dietitian Jen Hernandez will discuss the following about Renal Function Panel Test and understanding your kidney lab results:
Preparing for Your Renal Panel
-When Should I Get a Renal Function Panel?
-How Long Does it Take to Get the Results?
-What Type of Sample is Required?
-Do I Need to Fast Beforehand?
-Can Fasting Too Long Affect the Results?
Renal Function Panel Test Details
-Waste Products
-Protein in the Blood
-Kidney Function Tests and Calculations
Renal Function Panel Normal Values Chart
Renal Function Panel vs. BMP
What Other Lab Tests Besides the Renal Panel May Be Needed?
-Cystatin C
-Parathyroid Hormone
-Vitamin D
-Additional Tests for Kidney Health
Other Types of Kidney Tests
After You Get Your Lab Results
-A Renal Function Panel is Not Diagnostic Itself
-Make a Plan
-Seek Out Specialists

Plant-Powered Kidneys Mission:

To simplify the nutritional needs for individuals with kidney disease, and to decrease the prevalence of kidney disease by providing nutrition education including realistic and wholesome lifestyle changes 🥗.


Jen Hernandez and the other renal dietitians of Plant-Powered Kidneys help those with kidney disease find their best kidney-friendly diet 🥑 ! Jen's kidney warriors spend less time stressing over the "right" foods to eat 😓 and more time saving their kidney function and loving life 🙌 !

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