Panel of Hormones Tested:
Testosterone (T) (195.50)
Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) ($150.00)
Free Testosterone (FT) ($25.00)
List Price: $370.00
Hansen Clinic Price: $295
Symptoms such as fatigue, muscle loss, belly fat, low sex drive, decreased sexual stimulation, and diminished sense of well-being can be due to a Testosterone deficiency. These symptoms can be significantly improved with natural Testosterone replacement. Testosterone is essential to optimal health and vitality for both men and women. It is affected by aging Testicular or Ovarian function, declining production of the precursor hormones, including Pregnenolone, DHEA and Progesterone, as well as an increased conversion into Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), Estradiol and Estrone. This Comprehensive Testosterone, Sex Hormone Binding Globulin, and Free Testosterone test provides a complete look at your biologically active, or functional, Testosterone level. Testosterone is essential to optimal health and vitality for both men and women.
Hormones exert a powerful influence over men and women’s health. Testosterone increases both physical as well as emotional energy, muscle strength and confidence, promotes physical attraction, emotional bonding and a healthy sex drive, builds bone density, reduces total Cholesterol, raises the Good HDL Cholesterol and prevents plaque build-up in the arteries.
For optimal health it is recommended that you perform a comprehensive assessment of all 9 of your key hormones. All 9 key hormones (Pregnenolone, Estrone, Estradiol, Estriol, DHEA, Progesterone, and Testosterone, SHBG and Free Testosterone) should be tested at the same time, because all of your hormones depend on each other for production and all of them interact synergistically. However, occasionally you may want to measure your Testosterone levels separately. Informed decisions regarding the need to initiate Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT), or how to individualize therapy can then be made to maximize the health benefits of BHRT. Individual differences in hormone metabolism make monitored therapy the best way to prevent imbalances and push back the signs of aging.
Careful monitoring and individualization of BHRT can provide men and women with the benefits of optimally balanced hormones – the way it was intended by nature.
Many women do not know that Testosterone is produced by both men and women. In fact, the steroid hormone Androstenedione is converted in both men and women to Testosterone first, then Testosterone is converted into Estradiol(E2), the major Estrogen secreted by the human ovary. When a woman’s ovarian function declines in the years before and during natural menopause, so does the amount of Testosterone she produces. Between a woman’s 20s and 40s the amount of Testosterone circulating in her blood declines about 50%. If a woman starts synthetic Estrogen Replacement Therapy at menopause, her blood levels of Testosterone drop even further due to a biochemical reaction.
Symptoms such as fatigue, muscle wasting, low sex drive, decreased sexual stimulation, and diminished sense of well-being can be due to a Testosterone deficiency. These symptoms can be significantly improved with natural Testosterone replacement.
Sex Hormone Binding Globulin
SHBG is a protein that binds testosterone and estradiol and transports them in the blood. As a result, the SHBG level affects the amount of these hormones that are available in the body.
SHBG has a high binding affinity to Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), medium affinity to Testosterone and Estradiol, and only a low affinity to Estrone, DHEA, Androstenedione, and Estriol. Elevated SHBG levels can be seen in men and women with high estrogen levels or hyperthyroidism (high thyroid levels) and significant liver disease. SHBG levels also increase when women take oral contraceptives or oral Hormone Replacement Therapy. Pregnant women also have markedly higher SHBG serum concentrations due to their increased estrogen production. Decreased SHBG concentrations are often seen with hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone levels), elevated Testosterone and Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) levels, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), obesity and severe hair loss (alopecia).
Increased levels of SHBG may be seen in:
- Liver disease
- Eating disorders (anorexia)
- Estrogen use (hormone replacement therapy and oral contraceptives)
- Decreased sex hormone production (hypogonadism)
Decreased levels of SHBG are seen in:
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
- Cushing disease (or use of Corticosteroids including Prednisone)
Free Testosterone (Bioavailable Testosterone)
Free Testosterone is the biologically active Testosterone. It provides the best representation of the true functioning level of active Testosterone in the blood stream and its effects on the patient. Free testosterone is also referred to as Bio-Available Testosterone, or the Non-SHBG-bound Testosterone. By calculating the Free Testosterone from the ratio of total testosterone (TT) to SHBG it is possible to calculate the approximate amount of Free Testosterone (FT) that is circulating in the blood stream and available to perform the healthy functions of Testosterone.
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