Hormone Testing

A Guide To Male and Female Hormone Imbalance Testing

Hormones are integrated into nearly every biological process that our bodies perform; and some of them (humans have approximately 50 different types of hormones) are so complex that even medical researchers do not fully understand their functions. But most of the hormone testing that doctors have performed on their patients involves the four major hormones that are intertwined with the process of human aging: testosterone, estrogen, growth hormone, and progesterone.

At Nexel Medical, the type of medicine that our doctors have chosen to focus on is the diagnosis and treatment of adult-onset hormone imbalances. Virtually all of the hormone blood testing that we have performed on our patients is to detect the most commonly occurring of these disorders, which are testosterone deficiency and growth hormone deficiency. The blood panels our doctors utilize are specifically designed to accurately pinpoint the exact type of imbalance or deficiency that each of our patients has developed. Why is this so important? It’s because in medical hormone replacement programs, doctors need to know that they are replacing only those particular hormone levels that require it in order to ensure effective and beneficial treatment to every patient. Patients will receive no health benefits whatsoever from treatment that is directed at hormone levels that are already adequate and in healthy balance.

So before any patient’s medically prescribed hormone replacement process can get underway, the doctors at Nexel Medical are required to have the appropriate hormone testing panel performed on them. Whether a patient is male or female; is a younger, middle-aged or older adult; is in good health or in not so good health, these tests are the key to unlocking and identifying any adult’s endocrine issues. We would like to help you to learn a little about the four main blood panels that our doctors rely on for that purpose, because if you are have been struggling with some of the symptoms of an adult-onset hormone deficiency of some type – possibly even more than one type – then you will need to have at least one of these blood panels performed before your condition can be accurately diagnosed.

Comprehensive Male and Female Panels for Hormone Testing

Comprehensive Male and Female Panels for Hormone Testing

These two panels are used to monitor the hormone levels of men and women who are within the age range that typically experiences age-related hormonal decline. It includes tests for measuring free and total testosterone levels, DHEA-Sulfate, and other key tests that can indicate imbalances in the hormones that are critical to maintaining both male and female vitality.

The Comprehensive Male Panel includes testosterone levels testing and growth hormone testing along with other tests that our doctors consider essential for monitoring certain key health and fitness factors pertinent to adult males. These are the comprehensive tests that are included 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
  • Hemoglobin A1C
  • Cortisol
  • Vitamin B12
  • Homocysteine, Plasma

The Comprehensive Female Panel has been customized to the specific wellness requirements of adult women. It includes many of the same tests used to detect hormonal imbalances and other critical health factors in men, but does not include those tests that are specific to males such as Prostate-Specific Ag and Homecysteine, Plasma. The comprehensive tests for adult females that included are:

  • 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
  • Hemoglobin A1C
  • Cortisol
  • Vitamin B12

Initial Male and Female Panels for Hormone Testing

In some cases, it will be appropriate for men and women patients to have these Initial Male and Female Panels performed in order for our doctors to evaluative their current essential hormone levels along with other critical health factors. Your Nexel Medical doctor will advise you on which panel, either comprehensive or initial, is recommended for you and will always explain 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 enter mid-life and the years beyond, the importance of sustaining hormonal balance becomes a factor that is increasing critical to their health and longevity. So consequently it is essential to have the appropriate hormone testing performed by a knowledgeable and experienced hormone replacement therapy specialist whenever the symptomatic evidence in any patient’s current health profile suggest that an endocrine disorder could be present.

At Nexel Medical, our doctors have a high level of expertise in evaluating and interpreting the results of these four blood panels that are considered to be the medical standards for diagnosing the development of certain key adult-onset hormone disorders. However, they are not the sole medical markers that doctors must consider before prescribing a patient’s best course of remedial action. The other factors that our doctors carefully review in each patient are current physical condition and prior medical history, as well the specific symptoms that a patient has been experiencing and for how long.

During your initial contact with one of our clinical advisors at Nexel Medical, you can either choose to use it as an opportunity to gain additional information about any aspect of hormone replacement therapy that you would like to learn more about; or you can use it as the first essential step in getting your hormone deficiency related symptoms eliminated through the use of the appropriate treatment program. Either way, you will find that Nexel Medical is happy to serve as your personal resource center for all things related to sustaining your hormonal health throughout your entire adulthood.

One call to Nexel Medical is all that it takes to schedule your local hormone testing; you can then have it performed under the supervision of one of our experienced HRT doctors and the results of your testing will reveal what your body’s endocrine system is lacking – as well as what it is not lacking. This is powerful information for any adult who cares about their long-term health to have, because it can determine how much wellness you retain and for how long.

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