Why is testing male hormone levels important?
As men age, they begin to experience changes in their bodies. Abdominal fat increases and muscle mass decreases. They also experience a distressing decline in their sex drive. At the same time, the risk of serious health conditions such as depression and heart disease rises. There is often an underlying and identifiable cause of these symptoms—the gradual decline of important sex hormones, especially testosterone.
The effect of sex hormones on tissues is also affected by the level of sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG). Sex hormones circulate in the bloodstream in very small quantities as free molecules. Nutritional status and the levels of other hormones are among the factors that determine levels of SHBG.
Why should I use the Metametrix Profile?
The Metametrix Male Hormones Profile provides a powerful tool for ensuring optimal male hormone balance and metabolism. The Male Hormones Profile uniquely allows for evaluation of both total testosterone and free, bio-available testosterone (free androgen index) with inclusion of sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG).
Assessment of androgen metabolism is also enhanced with measurement of estradiol, demonstrating the degree of aromatase activity that may influence prostate health. In addition, prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is included with this profile offering a marker for the impact of male hormones on the prostate gland.
Signs and symptoms of low testosterone
- A decrease in spontaneous erections (such as during sleep)
- A low red blood cell count (mild anemia)
- Decreased energy, motivation and self-confidence
- Diminished physical or work performance
- Feeling sad or depressed
- Height loss and thinning bones
- Hot flashes and sweats
- Increased body fat
- Loss of body and pubic hair
- Poor concentration and memory
- Reduced muscle bulk and strength
- Reduced sexual desire
- Sleep apnea or other sleep problems
- Small or shrinking testes
- Swollen or tender breasts(gynecomastia)
What can the Women’s Health Profile do for me?
Understanding your health is necessary for optimal living. As with most disease states, preventative care and the ability to predict what we are at risk for at the earliest stages is ideal. There are many markers in the Women’s Health Profile that give early indications of imbalances in your body that cause premature aging and disease. Nutritional correction based on your individual test results helps create balance and promotes youthfulness, energy, mental clarity and general good health, while helping prevent disease state. The path to optimal health becomes clearer and you gain control over your health.
Tests to provide assessments of risk factors
- The Metabolic Syndrome Profile tests markers related to central obesity, raised blood pressure, dyslipidemia, insulin resistance, weight loss resistance and ADMA*. ADMA (asymmetric dimethylarginine) regulates rates of nitric oxide (NO) formation. Elevated ADMA is a risk factor for renal failure, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes and pre-eclampsia.
- Serum Lipid Peroxides are another cardiovascular marker that monitors the tissue damaging effects of oxidative stress and premature aging.
- The OrganixSM Profile provides a nutritional assessment with valuable insights into the body’s ability to process ingested nutrients and guide a custom therapeutic regimen.
- The EstronexSM Profile measures estrogen metabolites and the ratios of “good” and “bad” estrogens. Modifying these ratios may reduce the risk of estrogen-sensitive cancers, including breast cancer.
- Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids determine the inflammatory balance in your body and are important for cardiovascular, immune, skin, hair, mental health and fetal health and development.
*ADMA not reported in New York
Conditions and symptoms related to profile
- Cancer, particularly estrogen-sensitive
- Cardiovascular disease
- Hormonal imbalance
- Premature aging
- Pregnancy complications
Understand your risk factors with the profile
- Testing can guide your wellness program at any age or stage of life
- Even with some risks being genetic, there are many others that can be modified and overcome with key prevention and intervention
- Optimize your nutrition and decrease inflammation for improved mental and physical well being
Are You Experiencing Chronic Stress?
Chronic stress is a state of ongoing physiological arousal. This occurs when the body experiences so many stressors that the autonomic nervous system, which helps one adapt to changes in the environment, rarely has a chance to activate the relaxation response. This type of chronic stress response occurs all too frequently from a modern lifestyle, when everything from high-pressured jobs to loneliness to busy traffic can keep the body in a state of perceived threat and chronic stress. In this case, our fight-or-flight response can wear down our bodies and cause us to become ill, either physically or emotionally.
A stressful lifestyle can lead to consistently high levels of cortisol, and low levels of the hormone DHEA (dehydoepiandosterone), which can be damaging to the brain and other tissues. Cortisol (a stress hormone) elevation also impacts immune responses, such as secretory IgA (sIgA) and anti-gliadin antibody (AGA) production. SIgA, part of the first line of immune defense against pathological microorganisms and food antigens in the lining of the gut, decreases during stress. AGA is elevated in people with gliadin intolerance and celiac disease, which affect about 12-14% of the US population. When immune defenses in the gut are diminished by stress, gut permeability increases as does the amount of AGA in the bloodstream.
Why should I use the Adrenal Stress Profiles?
The Adrenal Stress Profiles use a non-invasive salivary procedure to monitor the activity of the adrenal cortex and its ability to react to stress. The procedure monitors the rhythmic biological cycles recurring at 24-hour intervals of cortisol and DHEA-S levels.
When the Adrenal Stress Profile indicates an inappropriate hormonal stress response, it is necessary to consider stress reduction through diet and lifestyle modification, and nutritional supplementation to support adrenal gland activity and enhance the restoration of the physical barrier in the gut.
Conditions associated with chronic stress
- Back pain
- Cardiovascular disease
- Celiac disease
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- High blood pressure
- Migraine headaches
- Thyroid dysfunction
- Weak immune system
Adrenal Stress Profiles
- Adrenal Stress Plus Profile: Indicates sIgA and AGA for the most complete assessment
- Adrenal Stress Profile: Indicates cortisol and DHEA levels only