Male Hormone Testing

Male Hormone Testing in Chicago may be able to detect the cause of gaining abdominal fat, losing lean muscle mass, deceleration of sex drive, fatigue, fogginess, and depression.

Male Hormone Testing

 

Why Men Should Get Their Hormone Levels Tested

Symptoms And Conditions Associated With Male Hormonal Imbalances

Male Hormone Testing

Why a Urine Test and Not Blood or Saliva?

Description of Hormones We Test For

 

 

Why Men Should Get Their Hormone Levels Tested

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There are a few symptoms commonly associated with male aging - abdominal fat, loss of muscle, lower sex drive, etc. But,  that's just the tip of the iceberg. A great many physical complaints that men experience as they age - and take for granted as a natural fact of growing older that they can't do anything about - are the result of hormone imbalances that, while natural - yes - can nevertheless be brought under control with astonishing ease through simple awareness and appropriate action. Indeed most of the symptoms so often dismissed as "signs of aging" can be alleviated, most frequently (and easily) through supplementation and suppression.

Getting your hormone levels tested has three clear advantages:

you and the doctor can work to prevent and treat hormone-related symptoms and conditions
if indicated, the doctor could start you on hormone replacement therapy and regularly monitor your progress
the doctor can assess for you your risk of acquiring certain hormone-related diseases

Additionally, most hormonal imbalances can be addressed at least in part nutritionally, through the addition or exclusion of certain foods in the diet, and/or starting to take certain vitamins or other supplements on a daily basis.

Symptoms And Conditions Associated With Male Hormonal Imbalances

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Because this is such an important point, we'd like to illustrate a bit further the broad scope of effects that hormonal imbalances can have on the male body. The following are 3 examples of the breadth and range of symptoms men can experience due to deficiencies and/or excesses of certain hormones.

From a cortisol imbalance:

Fatigue
Weight gain (especially around the waist)
Reduced muscle mass
Skin that's thinning
Elevated levels of triglycerides
Trouble sleeping
Lapses in memory
Irritability, stress, anxiety, and depression
Acne
Headaches
Heart palpitations
Reduced sex drive
Hair loss on the top of the head
Increased hair growth on the face and body
Allergies
Chemical sensitivities
Low body temperature
Bone, joint, and muscle pain

From progesterone and/or estradiol deficiency:

Night sweats
Hot flashes
Headaches
Mental fogginess
Fatigue
Bone density loss
Irritability, anxiety, nervousness, apathy, and depression
Prostate troubles
Decreased sex drive
Reduced urinary flow
Increased urge to urinate

From a DHEA and/or testosterone deficiency:

Decreased sex drive
Erectile dysfunction
Mental fogginess
Fatigue
Feeling of being "burned out"
Irritability, anxiety, nervousness, aggression
Thin and oily skin and acne
Bone, joint, and muscle aches and pains
Bone density loss
Reduced muscle mass
Lowered stamina
Reduced urinary flow
Increased urge to urinate
Restricted flexibility
Prostate troubles
Heart palpitations

As you can see, the levels and proportions of hormones in our bodies are instrumental in keeping us healthy. And you can take charge of maintaining that critical balance by simply testing your hormone levels and taking action to rectify deficiencies and excesses.

Lastly on this subject, it is believed that a man's hormone levels do play a major role in his risk of prostate cancer.

Male Hormone Testing

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Here at Essential Health Solutions we use a fully-accredited medical lab for our Male Hormone Testing. 

In our male hormone testing, we use a small sample of urine collected over a 24-hour-period to detect levels of the following hormones (descriptions follow at the end of this article):

Testosterone
Cortisol
DHEA
Melatonin

Why a Urine Test and Not Blood or Saliva?

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The reason we test hormone levels in urine collected in small amounts throughout a 24-hour period is because your hormone levels fluctuate throughout the course of a day, and this method provides us the clearest and most stable average of hormone levels that can be obtained. This is a far superior method to salivary testing and serum testing for hormones, both of which only give a "snapshot" of levels at one particular point in time.

Further, this method of measurement also gives us an indication of how those hormones are being metabolized as well as how much of the hormones in our bodies are actually bio-available. Neither a blood nor a saliva test can tell you that.

Description of Hormones We Test For

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Testosterone - Testosterone is involved in several important bodily functions: it helps regulate the body's energy levels, including both mental and physical motivation and acuity; it is the most pivotal hormone in maintaining the healthy sex drive; and it's involved in building healthy muscles, bones, and skin. Low levels can be involved in osteoporosis (or a loss of bone density), reduced muscle mass, mental fatigue and burnout, low stamina, night-sweats, resistance to insulin, erectile dysfunction, low sex drive, depression, immune dysfunction, and cardiovascular disease; high levels can be involved in anger, aggression, and various health issues.

Cortisol- This is the primary hormone involved in the stress response; it's also the hormone responsible for giving us the motivation and energy to get out of bed each day at face life's daily challenges. Produced by the adrenal gland, cortisol (also known as hydrocortisone) is a steroidal hormone involved as well in regulating blood pressure and the metabolizing of carbohydrates. High levels are indicative of increased stress and have been associated with sleep difficulties as well as disrupting metabolism of blood sugar, leading to emotional difficulties as well as chronic tiredness and weakness. Low levels can be involved in low blood pressure and weight gain. Cortisol is an exception among hormones in that its levels tend not to decline with age but to rise instead, the effect being a decreasing resistance to stress over time. Additionally, over time a chronic cortisol imbalance unaddressed could result in joint and muscle pain, chronic insomnia, and premature aging.

DHEA - Produced by the adrenal gland, DHEA (its full name is dehydroepiandrosterone) is a steroidal hormone that is converted in the bloodstream into important sex hormones, like estrogens and androgens. It is involved in energy, mental and physical stamina, memory, mental/emotional outlook on life, the functioning of the immune system, and the metabolizing of body fat. It also seems to balance out the effects that cortisol has on the body, helping us to deal with the stress we experience. Interestingly, it is the singular hormone must abundant in the bloodstream.

Melatonin - Regulating our circadian rhythms, melatonin is known as the “sleep hormone” (although it's actually the region of the brain in charge of regulating our circadian rhythms that actually determines melatonin levels, and not the other way around). Melatonin supplementation has been found to be an effective sleep aid for many.