Male Basic Hormone Panel
This panel contains the following tests:
- DHEA-S– Produced primarily by the adrenal glands, DHEA is the most abundant steroid hormone in the human body. DHEA plays a fundamental role in hormone balance, as well as supporting one’s immune function, energy, mood, and maintenance of muscle and bone mass. Since orally administered DHEA is mostly converted to DHEA-S, coupled with the fact that DHEA-S levels are more stable in the blood than DHEA, measurement of DHEA-S is preferable to DHEA
- Estradiol– The primary female sex hormone, estradiol is a form of estrogen that is also present in males. In men, high levels of estradiol are associated with excessive abdominal fat, enlargement of the prostate, and increased cardiovascular risk. Conversely, levels that are too low are associated with osteoporosis.
- Free and Total Testosterone– Known as the feel-good hormone, testosterone helps maintain a man’s bone density, fat distribution, muscle strength, sex drive, mood, energy, sperm production, and more.
- PSA – PSA is produced exclusively by cells of the prostate gland. Used along with digital rectal examination, PSA is a useful screening test for benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) and prostate cancer development.
- As men enter the andropause years, their bodies’ production of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), free and total testosterone, and other hormones needed to maintain youthful vitality rapidly declines, while PSA and estrogen may rise.
- This panel contains the most essential hormones a man should have tested – each one crucial to supporting optimal health.
- Fasting is not required. Take all prescription medications as prescribed.
- Special Note:
If you are supplementing with any hormones, it is important to take them approximately 2 hours prior to having blood drawn. Ejaculation within 48 hours preceding the blood draw may elevate the PSA in some men.