Hormone Testing

Hormone Testing

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HORMONE TESTING FOR AGE-RELATED HORMONE DEFICIENCIES

Human bodies have approximately 50 different types of hormones and hormones are an integral part of almost every biological process that our bodies perform. Some hormones are so complex that even scientific researchers are still working on fully understanding their functions. However, most of the hormone testing performed today involve the four main hormones that affect the process of human aging: testosterone, growth hormone, estrogen, and progesterone.

At Optimal Health MD our focus is the diagnosis and treatment of adult-onset hormone imbalances to improve health and wellness.

We specialize in hormone blood testing for our patients in order to detect testosterone deficiency and growth hormone deficiency, which are the most commonly occurring age-related hormone imbalances disorders.

Our specialized doctors will request analysis of blood panels that are uniquely designed to accurately pinpoint the exact type of imbalance or deficiency for our patients. 

This is critical for medical hormone replacement programs because doctors need to ensure they are replacing only the particular hormone levels that require it in order to ensure the most effective and beneficial treatment for each individual. If treatment is utilized for hormone levels that are already adequate and in healthy balance in the body, patients will receive no health benefits whatsoever from this treatment.

Therefore, before our Optimal Health MD doctors can medically prescribe hormone replacement to you, we are required to have the correct hormone testing panel performed and analyzed. The tests will vary depending on if you are male or female; based on your age; if you are in good health or in not. Ultimately these tests are key to unlocking and identifying any adult endocrine and hormonal issues. 

If you have been dealing with one or more of the symptoms of an age-related hormone deficiency, we will need you to have at least one of certain blood panels performed in order to properly diagnose your condition and its best treatment. Below we provide details of the four main blood panels that are utilized for that purpose:

COMPREHENSIVE MALE AND FEMALE PANELS FOR HORMONE TESTING

These panels are used to monitor the hormone levels of men and women who are around the ages that normally suffer from age-related hormonal decline. These panels include tests for measuring free and total testosterone levels, DHEA-Sulfate, and other key tests to indicate hormone imbalances that are critical to maintaining both male and female vitality as we age.

These are the comprehensive tests that are included for adult males. The Comprehensive Male Panel includes testosterone level and growth hormone level testing, along with other tests we consider essential to monitor key health and fitness factors important for adult males. 

  • Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (14)
  • CBC w/Differential
  • Lipid Panel
  • TSH+T4F+T3F
  • Thyroglobulin Ab
  • Thyroid Peroxidase Ab (TPO)
  • Testosterone, Free (as a calculation)
  • Testosterone, Total
  • Estradiol
  • Progesterone
  • Prostate-Specific Ag
  • Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG)
  • IGF-1 (Insulin-like Growth Factor 1)
  • Luteinizing Hormone (LH)
  • FSH
  • Ferritin
  • Prolactin
  • DHEA-Sulfate
  • C-RP-HS (cardiac)
  • Vitamin D 25 Hydroxy
  • Vitamin B12
  • Hemoglobin A1C
  • Cortisol
  • Homocysteine, Plasma

The Comprehensive Female Panel includes some of the same tests used to detect hormonal imbalances and other critical health factors in men but excludes tests that are specific to males. The comprehensive panel test for adult females has been customized to the specific wellness requirements of adult women and includes:

  • Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (14)
  • CBC w/Differential
  • Lipid Panel
  • TSH+T4F+T3F
  • Thyroglobulin Ab
  • Thyroid Peroxidase Ab (TPO)
  • Testosterone, Free (as a calculation)
  • Testosterone, Total
  • Estradiol
  • Progesterone
  • Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG)
  • IGF-1 (Insulin-like Growth Factor 1)
  • Luteinizing Hormone (LH)
  • FSH
  • Ferritin
  • Prolactin
  • DHEA-Sulfate
  • C-RP-HS (cardiac)
  • Vitamin D 25 Hydroxy
  • Vitamin B12
  • Hemoglobin A1C
  • Cortisol

INITIAL MALE AND FEMALE PANELS FOR HORMONE TESTING

There are specific instances where it will be appropriate for men and women to have Initial Male and Female Panels performed so our doctors can assess their current essential hormone levels along with other critical health issues. Your Optimal Health MD doctor will advise if either the comprehensive or initial panel is recommended for you and will explain the reasons why that recommendation is being made.

The Initial Male Panel includes the following tests and screenings:

  • Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (14)
  • CBC w/Differential
  • Lipid Panel
  • TSH+T4F+T3F
  • Testosterone, Free (as a calculation)
  • Testosterone, Total
  • Estradiol
  • Progesterone
  • Prostate-Specific Ag
  • Prolactin
  • Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG)
  • IGF-1 (Insulin-like Growth Factor 1)
  • Luteinizing Hormone (LH)
  • FSH
  • DHEA-Sulfate

The Initial Female Panel includes the following tests and screenings:

  • Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (14)
  • CBC w/Differential
  • Lipid Panel
  • TSH+T4F+T3F
  • Testosterone, Free (as a calculation)
  • Testosterone, Total
  • Estradiol
  • Progesterone
  • Prolactin
  • Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG)
  • IGF-1 (Insulin-like Growth Factor 1)
  • Luteinizing Hormone (LH)
  • FSH
  • DHEA-Sulfate

HORMONE TESTING: THE FIRST STEP TO ACHIEVING HORMONAL BALANCE

As adults reach 40 years old and beyond, the importance of sustaining hormonal balance is an issue that is increasingly being treated in order to improve their health and longevity. Consequently, it is essential to have the correct hormone testing performed by an experienced and knowledgeable hormone replacement therapy specialist whenever a patient has the symptoms of an age-related endocrine problem.

At Optimal Health MD our doctors are Cenegenics trained and have the expertise needed to evaluate and interpret the results of the blood panels that are the medical standards for diagnosing the development of key adult-onset hormone disorders. Other factors our doctors will carefully review in each patient before prescribing a patient’s best course of remedial action are the current physical condition and prior medical history of each patient, as well the symptoms that a patient has been experiencing and their severity, as well as how long they’ve been experiencing them. 

Your initial contact with one of our clinical advisors at Optimal Health MD is the first step to getting your hormone deficiency related symptoms eliminated through the use of the most effective treatment program. 

Our experienced clinical advisors will inform you of the process so you can gain additional information on all aspects of hormone replacement therapy and its multitude of benefits.

One call to Optimal Health MD is all you need to schedule your local hormone testing and analysis. You can then have the blood panels performed where it is most convenient to you, under the supervision of one of our experienced HRT doctors. The results of your hormone testing will show what your body’s endocrine system needs, as well as where your hormone levels are appropriate. This powerful information is very useful for any adult who wants to maintain and improve their long-term health.

Optimal Health MD’s goal is to be your personal resource center for all things related to sustaining your hormonal health and balance to regain your youth and vitality. You can reach our clinical advisors by calling 1-888-763-4221 or by completing the form below to schedule a free consultation.

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