Hormone imbalances can have wide-ranging health consequences. Measuring this combination of hormones provides great insight to potential areas of concern. The test kit includes a complete thyroid assessment.
The following levels are checked with this test kit panel:
- Cortisol (measured four times: morning, noon, evening and night)
By Blood Spot:
- Sex hormone-binding globulin (SHGB)
- Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH)
- Free triiodothryronine (T3)
- Free thyroxine (T4)
- Thyroid peroxidase antibody (TPO)
It is important to maintain optimal levels of cortisol, as the hormone affects many different body systems. Cortisol is important to bone health, the circulatory system, metabolism, the immune system and the nervous system.
Also called E2, estradiol is the major estrogen in humans, impacting reproduction, sexual function, bone health, nerves, metabolism and heart health. For example, women with low levels of estradiol may be at risk for osteoporosis.
Women should get this blood test done in conjunction with progesterone when evaluating menopausal symptoms. Estradiol levels should be considered during any anti-aging or hormone treatment therapy. Keeping estradiol and other primary hormones balanced is an important part of keeping the body as young as possible, delaying the effects of aging.
Balancing estrogen and progesterone levels is a key component of healthy aging. When progesterone levels dip, women may experience decreased sleep, increased anxiety, imbalanced blood sugar and loss of bone density. When estrogen levels are higher than progesterone levels, women may experience health issues, including weight gain, cancer, fibroids, cysts, osteoporosis and depression. Monitoring and balancing progesterone and estrogen levels with a progesterone supplementation can help control these health concerns.
This steroid hormone regulates metabolism and plays a role in repairing and regenerating healthy tissues. Healthy levels of testosterone are needed for general health and well-being, as research has shown the relationship between decreased levels and age-related diseases like osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes and decreased sex drive.
Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG)
SHBG is a glycoprotein that binds to sex hormones estradiol and testosterone, affecting sexual function. When SHBG blood levels are high, the result may be low testosterone.
The SHBG blood test helps to evaluate a persons hormone levels for a deeper look into their sexual health and general well-being. Usually the concern is when testosterone levels are high in women. The SHBG blood test helps pinpoint the cause of a womans decreased sex drive when the results of the total testosterone blood test are inconsistent with symptoms or inconclusive.
Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a steroid hormone produced in the adrenal cortex and secreted primarily by the adrenal glands. The body uses cholesterol to produce DHEA, which the body can then convert into testosterone or estrogen. If DHEA levels are low, the body will not be able to produce adequate estrogen or testosterone. Therefore, it is important to check this hormone in conjunction with estrogen and testosterone to pinpoint the cause of abnormal levels.
This panel measures the levels of the thyroid hormones TSH, free T3, free T4 and TPO, all of which regulate metabolism: how the body uses energy. The test measures thyroid function, which is necessary because these hormones decrease as we age. Without adequate thyroid hormones, the metabolism will slow more than normal, and women will gain weight and have less muscle.
How it works: We mail the collection kit to the address you provide at checkout. After you follow the specimen collection instructions, simply mail the sample in the return envelope provided.
After the lab receives the sample, results will be ready in about a week. You will receive the report by email in a PDF. Be sure to include your email address at checkout.