Genetics Northern California

Monitoring Your Metabolic Condition

Regular monitoring helps prevent problems for patients with a metabolic condition. There are guidelines for which tests to do and how often to do them; but monitoring a metabolic condition is also based on individual needs. Testing can vary with each person, even for the exact same condition. The result are used to make sure the treatment is working and help decide if any changes are needed. Treatment plans are adjusted to keep each person as healthy as possible. The providers at the Kaiser Permanente Regional Metabolic Clinic will work with you to design the treatment plan that works best for your needs and life circumstances.   
  • Laboratory Testing
    BloodTest_childMetabolic conditions are monitored by special blood or urine tests. Samples are collected at the local Kaiser site and sent to special laboratories. Metabolic studies help show if the treatment (e.g., diet, formula, medications, and supplements) is working. Results from these specialized tests can take up to two weeks and are usually not available on For some conditions, you may be asked to do home testing. Click here for instructions on home testing.

    In addition to metabolic studies, testing is sometimes done to check nutrition levels. The strict diets of many metabolic conditions can make it hard to get the required nutrients. Tests that look at nutrition levels can include vitamin D, a blood count, or essential fats.

    For most laboratory tests, a 3-day diet record is recommended. The diet record is an important part of interpreting the results. It helps give a more complete picture of what is happening inside the body.
  • Growth and Development
    Measure height_childAnother part of monitoring a metabolic condition is watching growth and development. Patients are regularly weighed and measured. Medical visits with other specialists (e.g., ophthalmology, endocrinology, physical therapy) provide important updates. Reports from outside services, like school testing or the Regional center, are also important for watching a child's progress. 

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