When reviewing hormone levels, it is important to think in terms of balance. Several steroid hormones are measured in both the male and female panels because each gender should have a have balanced amount of the hormones being evaluated. It is important to know that research has shown that environmental toxins, industrialized foods and stress may inhibit the natural production of hormones. Eating foods that contain adequate protein and saturated (Good) fats may help increase hormones naturally. When hormones are out of balance there is an increase in cardiovascular disease, metabolic imbalances and cancer. To be more specific, research has demonstrated when testosterone levels are low; there is an increase in Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis, cardiac disease and the development of chronic muscle wasting.
Remember, hormone evaluations are highly individual. Hormone testing is one component considered when evaluating hormone status. It is important to have a qualified health care provider working with you while you explore your hormone needs.
This panel includes: Cortisol A.M., DHEA-s, Estradiol, Sex Hormone Binding Globulin, Luteinizing Hormone/Follicle Stimulating Hormone, Testosterone Total & Free, Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA)
- Chronic stress interferes with healthy levels of cortisol, weight control and more importantly, normal sleep patterns. Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is made in the adrenals and is a precursor hormone to cortisol, testosterone and estrogen. It supports overall growth and development, immune function, memory and cardio vascular support.
- Deficient amounts of sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) contribute to hormone imbalances and skew the results of other hormone test results. Because a large proportion of SHBG binds to testosterone, SHBG should be assessed when evaluating testosterone as well.
- Luteinizing Hormone (LH) & Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) are pituitary hormones that work synergistically to support reproduction. Luteinizing Hormone supports the production of testosterone. Research has shown that emotional stress greatly affects the production of Luteinizing Hormone. Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) plays a critical role in the healthy production of sperm.
- Symptoms of decreased levels of testosterone may include a change in libido, depression, and cognitive decline. Healthy levels of testosterone are associated with cardiovascular protection, decrease in inflammation, decrease in anemia, decrease in cognitive decline and risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease. It is important to know that a Zinc deficiency lowers testosterone levels.
- Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is secreted by the epithelial cells of the prostate gland and is normally present in the blood at very low levels. This test measures the percentage of free (uncomplexed) PSA relative to the amount of PSA in men with serum PSA concentrations between 4.0-10.0 ng/mL.
Test Preparation For Optimal Results:If possible, it is best to have these labs collected early in the morning. For comparison purposes, have subsequent labs collected close to the same time.Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
Something to Consider:
Zinc is necessary to maintain normal serum testosterone. Adequate levels of Zinc help to inhibit the aromatase enzyme that converts testosterone into excess estrogen. In males an increase in estrogen activity