Why You Should Test Your Hormone Levels

A man’s testosterone levels naturally start to decrease after the age of 30. However, many men wait much longer to test testosterone levels. There’s no algorithm or formula for determining at exactly what age and what speed testosterone decreases, or when a testosterone-level test is appropriate, but many symptoms come with this decline. The same goes for female hormone levels.

Common symptoms of out-of-balance hormonal levels include:

  • Decreased libido
  • Weakness
  • Hair loss
  • Moodiness/irritability
  • Depression
  • Increased fat distribution
  • Low sperm count
  • Decreased bone density
  • Poor sleep
  • Loss of skin elasticity
  • Increased hot flashes and menopausal symptoms

Many medications are prescribed to treat these symptoms, when the root cause—low and/or out-of-balance hormone levels—are the true culprits. Hormone testing is not just for aging men and women, but is important for anyone older than 30 who experiences any of these symptoms, and especially people suffering from chronic illness. It’s much easier to treat something preventatively than when deficiency has set in.

It’s also important to test your hormone levels so a physician can properly tailor treatment for you. One size does not fit all and, ultimately, your optimal health is the goal.

When people think of testing their hormone levels, what comes to mind is a testosterone-level test for men or an estrogen-level test for women. While this is part of a comprehensive hormone-level panel, there are many other tests that give a physician a total snapshot of how your body is functioning. It’s important to not just test testosterone levels when approaching optimal hormonal health.

A comprehensive hormone-level panel includes:

    • Total testosterone
    • Free testosterone
    • Estradiol
    • Luteinizing hormone (LH)
    • Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH)
    • Sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG)
    • DHEA
    • Vitamin D
    • IGF-1
    • Cortisol
    • Thyroid function
    • CBC
    • Comprehensive metabolic panel

While optimizing hormone levels may be the key to feeling your best, safety should be your number one priority when approaching this kind of treatment. Make sure your physician is experienced in testing and reading comprehensive hormone-level panels, as well as treating imbalances. A customized treatment protocol will always be the most efficient and effective—and have you feeling great in no time.

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