Both testing options will provide you a good baseline screening and a doctor order will be provided for whichever option you choose.
This simple home saliva test will provide your baseline testosterone level and is ideal for individuals (male or female) who want to know if their levels are appropriate for their age.
Ideal for first time testosterone screenings
For men wanting a deeper understanding of their hormone profile, including testosterone. This test is ideal for men considering testosterone hormone replacement therapy or simply wanting a comprehensive look into their hormone status.
Ideal for individuals currently on or considering testosterone replacement therapy
Cortisol, Estradiol, and DHEA are all hormones that can also be screened from your same saliva sample. These 3 key hormones can also play a role in mood, energy levels, weight gain, bone loss, high blood pressure, increased blood sugars, and low immunity. Details
In addition to being called “the stress hormone”, cortisol helps in proper glucose metabolism, and converting sugars into energy.
High cortisol levels in men have been associated with hyperglycemia ( high blood sugars), weight gain, compromised immune function and high blood pressure.
Cortisol imbalance is known to result in conditions like irritability, fatigue, depression, foggy thinking, weight gain and bone loss.
Low Cortisol levels can cause chronic fatigue, low energy, low immunity, food and sugar cravings, poor exercise tolerance or recovery.
In males, estradiol is involved in sperm maturation and also helps to maintain a healthy libido. High Estrogen levels in men can Result in weight gain, increased chest and belly fat, hot flashes, night sweats & excessive urination.
Estradiol has a significant role in maintaining healthy bone growth and improving blood flow in coronary arteries in addition to offering neuroprotective effects.
DHEA is produced by the adrenal glands and is a precursor to both testosterone and estrogens. DHEA is also a neurohormone as small quantities are produced in the brain. It has a broad spectrum of benefits including improved energy, mood, memory, increased testosterone levels, enhanced libido and immune function.
In men, low DHEA levels can cause low libido, reduced muscle mass and strength, depression, fatigue and compromised immune function.
The following are routine panels that might be completed during an annual doctor exam and includes: Lipid Panel (cholesterol screening), Complete Blood Count, Comprehensive Metabolic Panel, Thyroid test.
Fasting for 9-12 hours (water only) before having your blood drawn is recommended for a more accurate cholesterol reading. Details
LIPID PANEL (CHOLESTEROL SCREENING):
A lipid panel measures the level of specific lipids in blood to help assess someone’s risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD).
This test includes:
Total cholesterol High-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) — often called “good cholesterol” because it removes excess cholesterol and carries it to the liver for removal.
Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) — often called “bad cholesterol” because it deposits excess cholesterol in walls of blood vessels, which can contribute to atherosclerosis.
CBC (COMPLETE BLOOD COUNT):
The complete blood count (CBC) is a test that evaluates the cells (white blood cells, red blood cells, platelets) that circulate in blood. This test can help determine your general health status; to screen for, or monitor any one of a variety of diseases and conditions that affect blood cells, such as anemia, infection, inflammation, bleeding disorder or cancer.
CMP (COMPLETE METABOLIC PANEL):
The comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP) is a frequently ordered panel of 14 tests that provides information about the current status of a person’s metabolism, including the health of the kidneys and liver, electrolyte and acid/base balance as well as levels of blood glucose
(sugar) and blood proteins.
TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone):
Metabolism is the chemical process in which your body converts food to give you energy. Thyroid hormone plays a key role in normal metabolism rates. Suboptimal levels may cause loss of energy, weight gain, mood changes, or even hair loss.
Thyroid Imbalance is commonly missed in men and may often mimic symptoms of low testosterone. A screening test helps determine a complete picture of possible symptoms.