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Complete profile

A complete profile is a series of blood tests used to evaluate the functional capacity of several critical organs and systems, including bone marrow, the liver and the kidneys. These tests can be done on an empty stomach or not and are sometimes accompanied by a measurement of the sedimentation rate. Anemia and bone marrow disorders: complete blood count that includes a measurement of the number of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets as well as the characteristics of each

Diabetes: level of glucose (blood sugar) and HbA1c reflex panel in cases of high blood sugar (non-fasting assessment)

Renal function: urea, creatinine, eGFR (calculation of glomerular filtration rate), uric acid, phosphorus

Gout: uric acid

Bone health, parathyroid gland function, vitamin D status: calcium, phosphorus, alkaline phosphatase (ALP)

Risk of cardiovascular disease: cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL cholesterol, apolipoprotein B (if necessary)

Liver and bile duct function: total bilirubin, ALP, lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alanine aminotransferase (ALT), gamma-glutamyltransferase (GGT), albumin

Hemolytic disorders: total and direct bilirubin (if necessary)

Adrenal gland function, dehydration, edema, hypertension, blood pH abnormalities, etc.): Na, K, Cl

Nutritional status, antibody production, inflammation: proteins, albumin, globulins, albumin/globulin (A/G) ratio, sedimentation rate

(Refer to the sections concerning each of these tests.)

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Predictive medicine

Medicine that links medical knowledge with data to predict a patient’s potential health problems. Examples include artificial intelligence and genetics.