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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 doctor will order when you have kidney disease. This test is reviewed by your doctor and renal dietitian. Your kidney lab results provide your healthcare providers with details of what is going on inside your body. Renal Dietitian Jen Hernandez of Plant Powered Kidneys dives into exactly what an adult renal function panel includes and how to interpret the kidney lab results.

Renal Dietitian Jen Hernandez will discuss the following about Renal Function Panel Test and understanding your kidney lab results:
Preparing for Your Renal Panel Test (Kidney Labs)
-When Should I Get a Renal Function Panel?
-How Long Does it Take to Get the Results?
-Do I Need to Fast Beforehand?
-Can Fasting Too Long Affect the Results?
Renal Function Panel Test (Kidney Labs) Details
-Waste Products (BUN, Creatinine)
-Protein in the Blood (Albumin)
-Electrolytes (Sodium, Potassium, Bicarbonate, Chloride)
-Minerals (Phosphorus, Calcium(
-Energy (Glucose)
-Kidney Function Tests and Calculations (estimated GFR, Urea-to-Creatinine Ratio)
Renal Function Panel Normal Values Chart
Renal Function Panel vs. BMP
What Other Lab Tests Besides the Renal Panel May Be Needed?
-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

⭐ Learn more at renal dietitian Jen Hernandez's "Renal Function Panel: Know Your Numbers" blog

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IMPORTANT: This video is intended to be informational only. It is not a medical consultation, nor is it personalized medical advice. This video is not meant to replace a physician's advice, supervision, and counsel. For medical advice, please consult your physician.

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