Testosterone (Free with Total)
This panel contains the following tests:
- Free Testosterone
- Total Testosterone
Testosterone is a steroid hormone from the androgen group primarily secreted in the testes of males and the ovaries of females with small amounts also secreted by the adrenal glands.
It is the principal anabolic steroid responsible for directing metabolism and the repair and regeneration of healthy tissues. In men, testosterone also plays a key role in the development of male reproductive tissues as well as promoting secondary sexual characteristics such as increased muscle and bone mass and hair growth.
On average, an adult male produces about ten times more testosterone than an adult female. However, women are far more sensitive to testosterone than men. Women with low testosterone may be more at risk for bone disease, heart disease, stroke, loss of libido, and chronic infections. Fasting is not required for this test. Take all 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.