Anti-Aging Panel: Woman Level III
The Anti-Aging Panel: Women Level III is a enhanced panel of tests measure blood chemistry and hormone levels associated with women aging, available without the need for a doctor's appointment or prescription. This Level III panel adds measurement of Free Testosterone, CRP, Homocysteine, DHEA-S, Glycohemoblobin, ALT, and Vitamin B12 & Folates to the Level II Panel.
The panel includes the following blood tests conveniently combined to monitor the aging process:
As one gets older, hormone levels in the body decrease. It is this collection of hormones that keep the body vibrant, healthy and more youthful looking. A decrease in hormone levels results in many signs of the aging process. Much of the aging process can be combated or delayed through the use of hormone replacement, so these levels will help determine what anti-aging therapy may be implemented.
Estradiol is normally present in a youthful woman's body, as part of menstruation and fertility. In aging it diminishes, resulting in discomforts of menopause, such as hot flashes. Estradiol levels evaluate ovarian function.
Total estrogens tests measure the most important estrogens in a woman's blood, for monitoring of ovarian health, determination of sexual function, and identification of tumors in the ovaries of women after menopause.
IGF-1, insulin-like growth factor 1, is a level of Somatomedin-C hormone produced by the liver and other tissues. This hormone promotes general growth, anti-aging and glucose metabolism.
HGH, or human growth hormone, levels change as part of aging, resulting in menopause in women.
DHEA-S is produced by the adrenal gland. Higher levels found in the blood have been determined to indicate potential for greater longevity, and diminished levels may indicate a shorter life span. The cause of lower levels can be determined by doctors. DHEA-S is also known as Dehydroepiadrosterone Sulfate.
Testosterone levels in women can rise because of ovarian or adrenal tumors, or conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). The level of testosterone may also be imbalanced as part of irregular menstruation, reproductive problems, or in the case of masculine traits such as facial and body hair or male pattern baldness.
Also called a chemistry panel, the Basic Health Screening, consists of a CMP, CBC, and urinalysis, and is designed to assess the functionality of your major organs, including your heart, kidneys, and liver as well as your bones, muscles, and nerves. A CMP, which stands for Comprehensive Metabolic Panel, is actually a series of 14 specific tests that display information about your pH balance, electrolyte levels, blood sugars, and blood proteins, as well as the functionality of your kidneys and liver. CBC stands for Complete Blood Count to check for diseases such as anemia or various infections. Like the CMP, it is actually a panel of tests that check for things such as your red and white blood cell counts, platelet numbers, hemoglobin levels, and various other factors. A urinalysis is useful to check for diabetes and urinary tract infections. It gives accurate measurements of things such as your glucose and ketone levels.
The ALT test helps to diagnose liver disease. Alanine aminotransferase, or ALT levels should be low. High ALT is a potential indicator of a liver injury, damage or disease. This test is the most accurate among the panel of liver tests.
The Glycohemoglobin Total (GHB) test measures glucose levels attached to hemoglobin in the blood. This test is most often used to check for diabetes or prediabetes. A glycohemoglobin level of 7.3% or less is considered healthy. For diabetics, a glycohemoglobin level below 9% is considered normal.
Includes total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides. High cholesterol is a risk factor for coronary heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. LDL, also known as bad cholesterol, can contribute to atherosclerosis by building up on the lining of arteries. Monitoring cholesterol levels can help determine whether lifestyle or changes in lifestyle are making a difference in your health or if an additional step, such as medication, is indicated.
This blood test is used for assessing the risk of heart disease. When CRP levels are high, this can be an indication of heart disease. This protein is produced by the liver. If an inflammation develops in the body, the level of C-Reactive proteins will become elevated. Doctors often use this test to determine if an inflammation is present in the body. However, new studies have clearly shown that when CRP levels are higher than normal, the risk of experiencing a heart attack also becomes higher. Doctors now suggest that patients have routine CRP testing along with regular cholesterol testing.
The homocysteine blood test measures the level of homocysteine in the blood. The body uses this amino acid to produce energy. If this amino acid level rises in the blood, it can also increase the risk of osteoporosis, Alzheimer's disease, stroke and coronary heart disease. Levels of homocysteine are influenced by genetic factors and diet. Consuming meat is a major contributor to the development of homocysteine in the blood although B vitamins and folic acid help to break down these amino acids. When test results indicate high levels of homocysteine in the blood, preventative measures can be taken to lower the risks of developing heart disease.
The Thyroid Profile is a test that has three distinct parts. Part one involves the checking of triiodothyronone (T3), the second measures the amount of thyroxine (T4)in the blood and the third part indicates the T7 count. Iodine in the foods consumed by the individual is used by the thyroid gland to make the hormones triiodothyronone and thyroxine. Decreased levels of these hormones can lead to weight gain, tiredness or constant fatigue.
Levels of Vitamin B12 and folic acid are measured to ensure a deficiency does not exist, causing ailments such as Vitamin B12 Deficiency Anemia. Vitamin B12 and folic acid are both B vitamins and symptoms for deficiency of each is very similar. Those symptoms may include weakness, lightheadedness, pale skin, sore tongue, bleeding gums, nausea, digestion problems, loss of weight, numbness of extremities, depression and even dementia, over time.