Hormone Testing The Basics and Your Body
Almost all people around the ages of 30-40 begin to experience hormone imbalance. Over our lifetime, we are exposed to environmental and dietary toxins, which contribute to the natural decline of hormones as we age. These Hormones are responsible for a whole host of activity which help keep the body youthful as longevity and quality of life are the main goals. As a result of hormone imbalance you may be experiencing one or a combination of what have become known as the classic symptoms of aging:
- Weight gain – Mood swings – Low Sex Drive – Weight Gain – Depression – Fatigue – Sexual Dysfunction – Memory Loss – Poor Sleeping – General Fatigue
Lets take a quick look at the One Lab Hormone Panel which includes:
- DHEA-S – TSH – FSH – Estradiol – Progesterone – T3 Free & Total – T4 Free & Total
- Testosterone Free & Total – Homocysteine – Prolactin
Why wait till things get worse come into ONE LAB for quick testing only 24-72 hours for your results. Hormone replacement isn’t a one-size-fits-all but a custom plan for your individual needs. Lets look at a quick overview of what these hormones do and why they are so important.
DHEA-S Dehydroepiandrosterone is a hormone produced by both men and women and deficiency can include: prolonged fatigue. poor concentration. a diminished sense of well-being.
TSH thyroid stimulating hormone is a pituitary hormone that stimulates the thyroid gland which stimulates the metabolism of almost every tissue in the body.
FSH Follicle-stimulating hormone is a gonadotropin and is synthesized and secreted by cells of the anterior pituitary gland and regulates the development growth, pubertal maturation, and the reproductive process.
Estradiol is used in menopausal women to help treat hot flashes and prevent osteoporosis. It also helps with low estrogen levels.
Progesterone has a variety of important functions in the body. It is also a crucial metabolic intermediate in the production of other endogenous steroids, including the sex hormones and the corticosteroids, and plays an important role in brain function as a neurosteroid.
T3/T4 thyroid hormones are hormones produced by the thyroid gland that are primarily responsible for regulation of metabolism.
Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone and an anabolic steroid. In males, Testosterone plays a important and primary role for reproductive tissues such as the testes and prostate along with secondary characteristics muscle and bone mass, growth of body hair. Testosterone also is involved in overall health and well-being, studies show it helps prevent osteoporosis with low levels causing bone loss.
Homocysteine is a naturally occurring amino acid found in blood plasma. High levels of homocysteine in the blood are believed to increase the chance of heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, and osteoporosis.
Prolactin is secreted from the pituitary gland in response to eating, mating, estrogen treatment, ovulation and nursing. Prolactin is secreted in pulses in between these events. Prolactin plays an essential role in metabolism, regulation of the immune system and pancreatic development.