This customised male hormone assessment includes a wide range of testing. If unbalanced, it can impact your current and ongoing health and wellness. This panel is specifically designed by our leading physician to provide a baseline assessment of your health status. Although this is not required, it is highly encouraged to regularly monitor your levels. Additionally, it is important to involve your regular GP of any abnormal test results.
We have included below a breakdown of what the test includes:
Insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1), it is a natural hormone the body produces. It is an important protein determined by the IGF1 gene. It contains seventy amino acid polypeptides that are produced by the liver and endocrine hormone. IGF-1 also plays a role in cell repair to the muscles, brain and heart.
Testosterone decreases by 10% per decade in men from the age of 30 onwards. This decline of testosterone and other androgens unfortunately is part of the ageing process and has been referred to andropause of androgen deficiency of the ageing male (ADAM). Decreased androgen levels contribute to increased fat mass and reduced bone mineral density, muscle mass and muscle strength. Erectile dysfunction and lowered libido are also associated with ADAM. Another major sign of lowered androgen levels include psychological changes including reduced assertiveness, cognition, memory, mood, self-esteem, wellbeing and energy. Lowered testosterone and other androgens may also increase the risk of age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis.
TSH and T4 assess thyroid hormone metabolism. The thyroid has just one job, however, it is one of the most important jobs for the body to function properly. The thyroid makes hormones that regulate the energy level, growth, and reproduction of every cell of your body. That means your brain, heart, lungs, liver, skin, tissues and other body parts depend on your thyroid to stay “powered up” and active, and to remain healthy by generating new cells to replace old ones.
Cortisol is a steroid hormone that is released from the adrenal gland. Cortisol is the main hormone that is involved in stress and the fight-or-flight response. Abnormal Cortisol levels can be a cause from certain diseases.
Full Blood Count (FBC) test will look for abnormalities in the blood, such as unusually high or low numbers of blood cells. Blood cells include red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. Many conditions can cause an abnormal blood count.
Cholesterol is an essential type of fat that is carried by your blood throughout your body. Some cholesterol is naturally produced in your liver, but also comes from your diet. All your cells in your body need cholesterol as well as for hormone production. There are 2 types of Cholesterol: High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) also know has “Healthy or Good cholesterol” because this type keeps cholesterol from building up in your arteries. Then there is Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad cholesterol,” this is the main source of build up and blockage in arteries.
Electrolytes are important minerals that are found in the body. Optimal electrolyte levels are important as they keep the bodies fluids in balance and help your body to function healthy. More specifically, Electrolytes move fluid in and out of your cells, carry nutrients into the cells and waste products back out as well as help the acids and bases in your blood stay in balance.