Blood Chemistry Profile
What is the test?
A blood chemistry profile measures different chemical aspects of your blood.
This lab test is routinely used to measure:
glucose for diabetes
nitrogen, and creatinine for kidney function
potassium, chloride, and CO-2 to evaluate electrolytes and fluid balance
to help determine bone density and function
Blood chemistry profiles can also include a special lipid metabolism profile
for people with elevated cholesterol, to measure triglycerides, HDL
cholesterol, and LDL cholesterol.
How do I prepare?
Most blood chemistry profiles require 12-hour or overnight fasting, which
means you should refrain from eating or drinking for 12 hours prior to the blood
draw. Check with your doctor to see whether you should abstain from any of your
regular medications prior to the test, because they may interfere with the test
How is the test done?
A blood chemistry profile requires a needle stick, typically in the arm, to
draw a sample of your blood for analysis.
and when will I get my test results?
Lab test results are usually available either the same day or the following
day. The results will be sent directly to your doctor, who will share them with
is the test performed?
You may go to any of Cayuga
five Laboratory sites. The locations are:
Center at 101 Dates Drive in Ithaca; the Cayuga
at 1301 Trumansburg Road,
Ithaca; 5 Evergreen Street in Dryden; Convenient
Care at Ithaca on Arrowwood Drive off Warren Road; and Convenient Care at Cortland on Route 281 and
After the test
You should eat a meal and drink plenty of water. You may resume normal
If you have questions regarding lab testing, you can reach the Cayuga
Medical Center Laboratory at (607) 274-4474.