Hormone testing in men is essential in evaluating a man’s general health. Whether you’re a man of a certain age or have experienced symptoms, such as fatigue, depression, weight gain, erectile dysfunction, or lack of sex drive, hormone testing can help identify the root cause of your problem.
Hormone testing for men helps identify areas where hormone therapy or supplementation might be beneficial. Our providers have many advanced tests available to detect low testosterone levels. However, you are unique and may require more or fewer tests than others. After an intensive assessment of your medical history and your family, the provider will determine which test suits you.
Standard Male Hormone Testing
Standard hormone testing is typically done with serum tests that measure LH and testosterone, both essential hormones for male health. These numbers can provide valuable information, such as whether a man’s testosterone is low or his pituitary gland isn’t producing sufficient amounts of luteinizing hormone (LH).
Blood testing, a comprehensive physical examination, and a review of your medical history can provide additional insight into possible underlying conditions that may be causing low hormone levels.
Blood testing is a simple, dependable, cost-effective way to assess your general health. Your hematocrit (blood thickness) and Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) are two key indicators for testosterone treatment for men who want to increase muscle mass, reduce fat tissue, and heighten their energy levels.
Furthermore, closely monitoring blood sugar levels, as well as insulin and cholesterol rates, are paramount in ensuring proper hormone balance with the use of testosterone therapy.
Advanced Male Hormone Testing
Despite having so-called “normal” testosterone levels on standard testing, if most of his hormones are bound to proteins, or his estrogen levels overshadow the effects of testosterone, then a man may suffer from symptoms associated with low testosterone. Even if this doesn’t show up in medical tests and examinations, physical indications can still reveal that he needs a clinical trial of with testosterone therapy.
Blood tests can only provide a snapshot of your testosterone levels when they’re performed; to gain insight into what you produce across an entire 24-hour period, a urine collection is necessary. Through this evaluation method, it’s possible to determine the quantity of testosterone your body creates daily.
Advanced tests are also available for men experiencing symptoms of other hormone imbalances that could contribute to their health problems. DHEA-S, the primary testosterone precursor and an important marker for adrenal function, cortisol (a stress hormone), thyroid hormones TSH and free thyroxine (freeT4) are all indicators that can help providers accurately diagnose and treat your condition. Advanced testing helps us discover levels of essential hormones like:
Luteinizing Hormone (LH)
Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG)
Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA)
Our highly-trained providers are experts in hormone balance and can comprehensively evaluate your best course of action. With advanced hormone testing, we can better look at your overall health and begin treatment when necessary.
Which Cause of Aging Does Advanced Male Hormone Testing Help Treat?
Our centers do Male Hormone Testing (LabCorp) on our patients to evaluate various conditions, including:
The Theory of Inflammation and Aging focuses on acute inflammation, which is never turned off, becoming chronic inflammation.
As we age, our immune system weakens. Your immune system comprises various cells, tissues, and organs, and these components work together to attack any foreign substances or invaders that might enter your body.