Video Download: Male Blood Panel Work
Video Stream: Male Blood Panel Work
The cost of the comprehensive male blood work panel is $299. The price includes the prescription to get the blood drawn at LabCorp or Quest Diagnostics, the analysis of that blood work, and Physicians evaluation of the results (No Hidden Costs).
Comprehensive Male Blood Work Panel:
- Homocysteine, Plasma. High levels of homocysteine are associated with elevated risk of heart attack, stroke, blood clot formation, and may be a precursor of Alzheimer's Disease
- 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.
- 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 these cholesterol types are reliable predictors of heart attacks.
- Comprehensive Metabolic Panel. The metabolic panel test is a crucial, complete 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- Triiodothyronine, Free, Serum. As mentioned in point number 2, 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.
- 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 essential to men as well as women for fertility. An FSH test is given for the same reasons as the LH test.
- 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. However, high estradiol levels in a man's body can wreak havoc. Excess fat, loss of muscle mass, fatigue, and development of breasts are a few of the unpleasant results of excess estradiol. However, it is possible for men to suffer from too little estradiol. This test will allow us to maintain a proper balance of this hormone.
- CBC With Differential/Platelet. 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.
- Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) test. Prostate-Specific Antigen is a protein made by the cells in the prostate gland. This test measures the levels of PSA in a man's blood. Rising levels of PSA may be an early indicator of prostate cancer and warrant further testing.
- 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.
- Hemoglobin A1C. The hemoglobin A1C test measures your blood sugar levels over the last 2-3 months and is an excellent diabetes screen.
- 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 average, to maintain the correct level 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).
- Insulin, Fasting. The fasting insulin level test is a useful tool in the diagnosis of metabolic syndrome and prediabetes.
- 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.
- SHBG. The sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) measures the 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).
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