The comprehensive Male Wellness suite of tests are suggested for an initial evaluation of hormone balance. When dealing with hormone imbalances, the underlying causes may require further lab testing and investigation into lifestyle and environmental factors, while also supporting the endocrine system and lifestyle modifications and appropriate therapies.
Four hormones make up the Male Wellness suite of tests:
Male Wellness: Estradiol, testosterone, DHEA-S and cortisol (AM).
Male Wellness Plus: Estradiol, testosterone, DHEA-S and cortisol x 2 (AM / Nightime).
Male Wellness Daily Cycle: Estradiol, testosterone, DHEA-S and cortisol x 4 (diurnal cycle).
Interactions between these hormones have profound effects on fundamental health, which is why their imbalances can have a significant impact on well-being.
About Andropause – The “male menopause”
As men age, the levels of testosterone begin to decline, normally during the fourth decade of life. This brings on what is commonly known as andropause, the male equivalent to menopause. While being a normal part of the aging process, the decrease in testicular production of testosterone can be greater in some men than others. This is often exacerbated by stress, lack of exercise, excessive weight gain and other factors, which may further contribute to the body’s ability to manufacture testosterone, resulting in even lower testosterone levels. The symptoms of andropause may include, but are not limited to, depression, weight gain, loss of muscle mass and strength, metabolic syndrome, erectile dysfunction, low libido and osteoporosis. Symptoms of androgen deficiency and low testosterone levels are used to establish a diagnosis of hypogonadism. Although treatment with testosterone therapy can help alleviate that problem, the solution may not be a simple case of restoring testosterone levels. Testosterone therapy may have limited benefit unless cortisol production is addressed as well. The body’s response to stress is mediated by increased cortisol production, at the expense of other hormones, including testosterone. Correcting disorders such as chronic stress or adrenal fatigue may lead to improved testosterone levels and symptom resolution, without the need for testosterone therapy.
Sample Male Wellness test report (optimized for Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari)
Sample Male Wellness Plus test report (optimized for Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari)
Sample Male Wellness Daily Cycle test report (optimized for Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari)