Diagnostic tests

Carnitine blood test

A carnite blood test measures the level of carnitine in the blood. Carnitine is a nurtrient which helps the body convert fats into energy. Produced in the liver and kidneys, carnitine is found in most parts of the body. Low levels of carnitine mean the body cannot process fats and can only use blood sugar for energy. A carnitine blood test measures both total and free carnitine. A complete blood count (CBC) and comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP) are typically ordered along with a carnitine blood test.

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