The total protein blood test is commonly done in connection with a physical.  In the fluid portion of the blood, there are two types of proteins.

The first is albuminAlbumin is a simple  protein that is made by the liver.  The main task performed by albumin is to keep the pressure inside and outside the cells stabilized so that fluid does not come out of the cells.

Globulin is a protein that carries essential metals to the various parts of the body and helps the body to fight infections.
The Total Protein Blood Test is often done during general medical examinations to indicate if there is kidney or liver disease or nutritional deficiencies.

NORMAL RESULTS

The normal range is 6.0 to 8.3 gm/dL (grams per deciliter–tenth of a liter).

HIGHER THAN NORMAL RESULTS

Higher than normal results may indicate:
•    A cancer of certain white blood cells (Multiple Myeloma or Waldenstrom’s disease)
•    HIV
•    Hepatitis B or C
•    Chronic infection
•    Chronic inflammation

LOWER THAN NORMAL RESULTS

Lower than normal results may indicate:
•    Immune deficiency
•    Excessive bleeding
•    Inflammation of the kidney
•    Liver disease
•    Small intestine problems with food absorption