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What Is the Purpose of Hormone Levels Testing for Adults?

Hormone Levels Testing

Fatigue, unexplained weight gain, memory loss, and other changes in your body can stir fear. Before you go worrying that something serious is wrong, you may want to undergo hormone levels testing . For many adults, it is a decline in hormone levels that cause the many symptoms they experience.

Here are some reasons why you may be a candidate for hormone level blood testing :

  • Feeling rundown
  • Premature aging
  • Frequent illness
  • Lack of sex drive and impaired performance

  • Mental fog or poor focus
  • Decreased motivation
  • Depression, social isolation
  • Loss of muscle mass, strength, or bone density

Another reason for testing your hormone levels is concern over other health conditions, such as:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Obesity
  • Dementia
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Sleep apnea

These concerns may all be linked to hormone deficiency as these chemical messengers help keep the body functioning properly.

What Hormone Levels Are Typically Tested?

Even if you suspect one type of hormone deficiency, it is necessary to assess others for an accurate diagnosis. Hormone levels testing also includes checking the following panels besides hormones:

  • CBC – complete blood count
  • Lipid Panel – cholesterol and triglyceride measurements
  • CMP – evaluates liver and kidney functions

All adults suspecting hormone deficiency will also receive the following tests:

  • IGF-1 – helps determine growth hormone deficiency by checking insulin growth factor 1 levels
  • Total Testosterone – measures total amount of testosterone in the bloodstream, also helps indicate disorders of the hypothalamus and pituitary gland
  • Estradiol – checks estrogen levels and ovarian functions
  • TSH – thyroid stimulating hormone measures thyroid and pituitary functions
  • Free T4 (Direct) – measures thyroid hormone levels and pituitary disorders
  • Free Testosterone – women receive this as part of their basic panel to check free circulating testosterone levels
  • PSA – included in the basic male panel to measure prostate functions and rule out prostate cancer

For additional hormone testing, females may require:

  • Progesterone – in younger women dealing with infertility and also during menopause
  • DHEA-S – marker for polycystic ovarian syndrome and adrenal gland measurement

For additional hormone testing, males may require:

  • Free Testosterone – to check available free circulating levels
  • LH & FSH – indicators of testicular disfunction, hypothalamus and pituitary functions, infertility

Why is testing growth hormone levels done with an IGF-1 test?

Growth hormone itself is a poor marker to test as it enters the bloodstream once every three to five hours and remains for only a few minutes. IGF-1 secretion by the liver is in response to the amount of GH it receives. IGF-1 levels remain relatively stable in the bloodstream, making them the better marker to test.

How Do You Get Hormone Level Testing?

Plenty of online websites offer a home hormone testing kit that measures saliva. While a saliva test can provide some basic information, a hormone specialist will not prescribe treatment based on those results. You will still have to undergo blood analysis before you can receive hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

Saliva testing measures hormone levels at the cellular level, but blood analysis measures the amount of hormones circulating in the bloodstream. Hormones in saliva are present in much lower quantities.

The best option is to contact an HRT specialist to arrange for blood analysis.

How do I find a doctor who can provide hormone testing near me ?

Kingsberg Medical is the answer many people turn to for hormone testing, deficiency diagnosis, and affordable treatment options. As a national hormone clinic, we work with a chain of laboratories with facilities across the US. We have also negotiated the hormone testing cost for our clients to keep prices as low as possible.

What Do the Results of Testing Hormone Levels Mean?

The results of hormone levels testing will let the doctor know if any of your hormone levels are out of balance. Since many of these hormones impact others, there may be more than one chemical messenger that is affected. It may not be necessary to treat more than one deficiency, as is the case with both HGH and IGF-1 levels being low. Treating growth hormone deficiency with HGH therapy will increase IGF-1 levels.

Some people may require treatment for more than one hormonal imbalance. Only blood analysis can provide this determination.

Other results may show if anemia, high cholesterol, or unbalanced glucose levels are also an issue. Many times, hormone deficiency can contribute to these concerns.

For more information about undergoing hormone level testing, US residents can contact Kingsberg Medical. Consultations are confidential and provided at no charge.