Fully Comprehensive Female Blood Testing Battery
- TSH Free T4. T4 is the primary hormone produced by the thyroid gland. Its function is to navigate through the blood to particular targeted cells, then convert to triiodothyronine (T3). T4 is not as active as T3. A good analogy is this: T4 delivers the instructions from the thyroid, then T3 gets to work to carry out the mission. However, you need both T-3 and T-4 at optimum levels.
- Complete Blood Count With Differential/Platelet Comp. This test screens for anemia, and can also detect infections. The CBC covers everything related to your blood: both red and white blood cells, platelet levels, hematocrit, and hemoglobin.
- Metabolic Panel. The metabolic panel test is a crucial, comprehensive blood test. This test acts as an early warning system for severe diseases such as liver disease, kidney disease, and diabetes. The metabolic panel test also measures essential electrolytes (sodium, potassium, chloride, and CO2 (carbon dioxide and bicarbonate) and proteins (albumin and total protein).
- Cortisol. Cortisol is the so-called “stress hormone.” As the name implies, stressful situations result in a blast of cortisol. This release served us well in caveman times when we had to go into “fight-or-flight” mode in a second to avoid a Saber-toothed tiger or battle another tribe. But we are not designed to deal with traffic jams, constant lack of sleep, demanding bosses and annoying co-workers and the continuous noise of contemporary society. Excess levels of cortisol result in a broad range of adverse health consequences, some potentially severe. If your levels are in the danger zone, treatment may be needed.
- DHEA Sulfate. Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is commonly and mistakenly thought to be a male hormone. But that’s wrong. Both men and women produce DHEA. Like so many hormones that play a vital role in our health, DHEA begins to drop around age 30 at a rate of approximately 10% per year. Too little DHEA can deplete our energy and cause weight gain. However, too much DHEA in women can result in a host of unwanted issues: excess hair growth, irregular periods, and fertility problems. The fundamental idea here is a balance.
- Estradiol. This test is just like it sounds: a measurement of the estradiol levels in your blood. Why is this important? Because Estradiol is a female sex hormone produced by the ovaries and plays several vital roles in a woman’s internal body processes. Estradiol can help to ease the symptoms of menopause (Vaginal dryness, hot flashes, weight gain) and protect from osteoporosis.
- Ferritin, Serum. The Ferritin Serum test checks your iron levels by measuring the amount of ferritin in your bloodstream. Ferritin is a blood cell protein that stores iron. If your levels are too high or too low, further testing will be required to determine the cause.
- FSH, LH. The follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), and the luteinizing hormone (LH) all play a role in the menopause puzzle and the menstrual cycle. The LH blood test measures the amount of luteinizing hormone in your blood and is helpful in dealing with fertility issues and menstrual problems. An FSH test is given for the same reasons as the LH test.
- Hemoglobin A1C. The hemoglobin A1C test measures your blood sugar levels over the last 2-3 months and is an excellent diabetes screen.
- Insulin Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1). The IGF-1 test measures the amount of insulin-like growth factor in your blood. IGF-1 plays a critical role in controlling the function of human growth hormone. This test provides valuable information on your current levels of growth hormone.
- Fasting Insulin Level Test. The fasting insulin level test is a useful tool in the diagnosis of metabolic syndrome and prediabetes.
- Lipid Panel With LDL/HDL Ratio. The lipid panel with LDL/HDL ratio test is a comprehensive cholesterol test that measures the proportion of the “good cholesterol” HDL and the “bad cholesterol” LDL. The levels of both of these cholesterol types are reliable predictors of heart attacks.
- Pregnenolone. A pregnenolone blood test can help diagnose deficiencies of other hormones or enzymes. Researchers have concluded that pregnenolone is so essential to our continued good health that it is often referred to as “The Mother Hormone.” Without this “Mother Hormone,” your body could not manufacture other vital hormones. Your pregnenolone levels can also help detect rare forms of congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH — a genetic condition that limits the production of hormones produced by the adrenal glands).
- Progesterone test. The progesterone test measures the amount of the hormone progesterone in the blood. The test is administered to determine the cause of infertility or detect problems with the adrenal glands or various types of cancer.
- Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) test. The sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) test measures levels of SHBG in your blood. This test is given in conjunction with a total testosterone level test to determine if your levels of testosterone are abnormal (high or low).
- Testosterone Free and Total. The testosterone free and total test measures both “free” and “bound” testosterone. A little-known fact is that most of the testosterone circulating in the body is bound to proteins in the blood (SHBG and albumin)…as much as 96%. That leaves as little as 4% of the body’s testosterone circulating as beneficial free testosterone. This condition must be addressed to ensure you receive maximum benefit from hormone replacement therapy.
- Thyroid Panel with TSH. When testing for thyroid functioning, physicians start with TSH. If the TSH number is high, it is an indication that the thyroid gland is working harder than normal, to maintain the correct concentrations of thyroid hormone. In the worst case scenario, this could be a precursor to a heart attack or other types of coronary artery problems called sub-clinical hypothyroidism (SCH).
- Triiodothyronine, Free, Serum. As mentioned in point number 1, T-3 (triiodothyronine) is the key to the health of your thyroid. The tri-iodothyronine, free, serum test measures the level of T-3 circulating in your body.
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