Why Test Hormone Levels?
Hormones are powerful molecules essential for maintaining physical and mental health. We frequently think of estrogen as being a female hormone and testosterone as being a male hormone, but men and woman make both plus several more that need to be balanced for optimal health. An imbalance of any one hormone can throw your physical and mental health out of balance, causing aggravating and even serious health problems.
One size does not fit all when it comes to hormones! Your hormones are like finger prints and in order to achieve optimal health, you need to know what your specific imbalances are.
Getting the Best Possible Results
There are several different ways of measuring the hormones in a person's body. Most blood or serum tests look only at the level of hormones that are present in a person's tissues. This is known as "bound hormone levels". Saliva testing looks at the "unbound hormone levels" also known as the hormone that is available to use by the body's tissue.
Evaluation of unbound hormone gives providers a better idea of the levels of hormones that are actually influencing the tissues, symptoms and health rather than just the level of hormone that is present in the tissue.
Many hormone imbalances are misdiagnosed by inaccurate testing and leave some confused by their symptoms which appear to reflect imbalance when they get a "normal or in-range" blood test result.
The accuracy of saliva testing, together with its affordability, convenience, and the ability to collect multiple specimens makes saliva testing superior to blood testing.
Adrenal Stress Profile
Abnormal adrenal function (stress hormones) can alter the ability of cells to produce energy for the activities of daily life. These hormones are actually released in a cycle, with the highest value in the morning and the lowest value at night when functioning properly. Abnormal adrenal rhythm can influence many functions in the body, some of which are listed below:
• Fatigue/energy production
• Difficulty rising in the morning
• Muscle & joint pain and function
• Bone health/osteoporosis
• Immune system issues
• Poor sleep quality/insomnia
• Thyroid imbalance
• Blood sugar dysregulation
• Autoimmune disorders
• Gluten/grain sensitivity
Female Hormone Profile
Many woman suffer from hormonal imbalance in the estrogen to progesterone ratio. Our panels can define the hormone state with great accuracy which in turn, provides specific insights for appropriate intervention to relieve hormonal imbalance and PMS and menopause related symptoms. Reproductive hormone imbalance can influence many functions in the body, some of which are listed below:
• Menstruation that is painful and heavy periods
• Cycle irregularities, following the use of birth control pills
• Cystic ovarian disease
• Functional Infertility
• Early osteroporosis
• Risk for breast cancer
• Menopause symptoms
• Hot flashes
• Low libido
Male Hormone Profile
Historically, age-related male hormone changes have not been considered problematic, because fertility in men persists until an advance age. More careful evaluation in males, however, shows progressive age-related changes that can impact over-all health and longevity including:
• Decreases vigor or low energy
• Decreased libido
• Nervousness and depression
• Decreased muscle mass
• Hair loss
• Erectile dysfunction
• Prostate problems
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