Testosterone Total (bound testosterone): The grand total of all testosterone available in the bloodstream. 98% proportion is normal for bound testosterone 2% that’s left is known as “free testosterone.” For example, a patient may not need more testosterone. They may simply need less of substances that tend to convert testosterone into other substances such as estrogen (associated with soy products).This is why it may be critically important to test for free testosterone levels and not just total testosterone alone.
Testosterone Free (free testosterone): Evaluate testicular function in clinical states where the testosterone binding proteins may be altered (obesity, cirrhosis, thyroid disorders). Enables its functionality, such as cell replication in the bones and muscles. Free testosterone is also responsible for secondary sexual characteristics facial hair and a deeper voice. Too little free testosterone can lead to poor muscle development, irritability, lowered sex drive, erectile dysfunction, and more.
Male Sex Hormones Combinations Tests
Estrogen / Estradiol: Testosterone will begin to convert to estrogen in men as they age due to the aromatase reaction. Aromatase is found mostly in fat cells, so the more body fat a man has, especially in the mid section, the higher his estrogen. Plays an important role in the regulation of testosterone, several brain functions, bone health, skin health, sexual function/libido, cardiovascular function, and cholesterol regulation. Must be in proper balance with testosterone.
Dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEA): Also known as androstenolone. A precursor for sex steroids including estrogen and testosterone. Also plays an important role in immune function and stress response. Even more so than testosterone, men rely on DHEA to maintain their edge. Produced in the adrenal glands, where DHEA is produced.
17 OHP. Produced in the adrenal cortex, 17 hydroxyprogesterone, also known as the stress hormone, is the basis of the cortisol hormone, important for immunities and metabolism. A higher amount of 17 OHP indicates the lower production of cortisol and vice versa.
Progesterone: A precursor to numerous hormones, including testosterone, the primary male sex hormone. Powerful counter-balance for estrogen. Progesterone for men is essential. Low levels can often result in lack of sex drive and high body fat. Men produce approximately 5 to 15 mg of progesterone in their testicles each day. Enhances libido, improves mood, controls weight, increases muscle mass, increases energy, keeps bones strong, and make errections strong, and more.
Luteinizing (LH): Also known as lutropin. Produced and released in the anterior pituitary gland. Triggers the production and secretion of androgens. Also stimulates and controls FSH and sperm creation. Affected by endocrine system disruptors, such as MSG, fluoride, and soy consumption.
Follicle-Stimulating Hormone (FSH): A hormone released by the pituitary (master) gland in the brain. In men, it stimulates testicular growth and the creation of normal sperm cells, and maintaining them until they are ready to be released.
Sex Hormone-Binding Globulin (SHBG): A protein made in the liver, binds tightly to 3 sex hormones: estrogen, dihydrotestosterone (DHT), and testosterone. It’s the main transport for testosterone in the body.
Prolactin (PRL): Secreted by the pituitary gland. In men it stimulates nerve cells production, boosts immunities induces anti-cancer responses. Higher levels of prolactin have been associated with tumors involving the lungs, pituitary gland, and kidneys. Involved in eating, mating, and stimulation of sperm production. Associated with erectile dysfunction, gynecomastia (enlarged male breasts) and metabolic syndrome (high blood pressure and sugar, and enlarged abdomen).
Prostate specific antigen (PSA) is a protein made only in the prostate gland. PSA is produced by normal, abnormal and cancerous prostatic tissue. There are no normal levels of total PSA for men of any age. PSA is released by the prostate into the semen where it acts to liquefy the semen following ejaculation. There is controversy regarding high levels of PSA as indicators of prostate cancer. High levels may also simply indicate a need for ejaculation.
Master Glands Hormone Combinations Tests
(These control the sex hormones, and all interrelated bodily functions)
Results: 1-3 Business Days
Required: Thyroid / Pituitary Panel