What are they?
“[a] low cost blood testing with an emphasis on tests that focus on hormones, nutrition, metabolic disorders, and preventable disease.”
Tests are comprehensive hormone and wellness panels, available for both men and women, and are primarily utilized to obtain a personalized baseline for your hormone levels. This is specifically targeted towards “sex” hormones (estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, etc.), but also provides an overview of the thyroid gland (to detect thyroid dysfunction), adrenal function, metabolic function, and your overall health.
Why are they important?Panels are vital before hormone therapy can occur, for the purpose of finding hormone level deficiencies. Added benefits of blood panels include a variety of health risk assessments. These consist of a complete blood count (detects a wide range of disorders, such as anemia, leukemia, and infection), information on kidney and liver function, lipid and metabolic panels, and, for men, diagnostics on prostate health.
What are “sex hormones?”
“Sex hormones” is the colloquial title covering the group of hormones that affect our sexual drive and desire. The purpose of these hormones is to carry messages between your organs and your cells, ultimately keeping your body balanced and functioning optimally. These include estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, and DHEA.Testosterone and Estrogen are essential to our overall well-being. Believe it or not, men need a balance of estrogen and women need the same in testosterone to maintain good health! Deficiencies in either of these can result in fatigue, mood swings, low energy, and decreased libido.
Separate Tests – Complete Thyroid Panel
Thyroid hormones regulate our body’s metabolism and influence virtually every organ system in the body. They tell organs how fast or slow they should work. Thyroid hormones also regulate the body’s consumption of oxygen and production of heat. Thyroid problems, such as an overactive or underactive thyroid, can severely affect metabolism. There are several thyroid conditions you may want to be aware of. Our program includes comprehensive testing of the thyroid gland (TSH) in addition to the thyroid hormones, thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). When the thyroid gland does not produce enough hormone, the body uses energy at a slower pace than it should. This condition, underactive thyroid, is called hypothyroidism. Customized medications are available to treat hypothyroidism.