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The Basics of Male Hormones
Your body's ability to respond and function normally depends on various internal systems. With age, these systems can start to function less optimally. Let's take a look at which internally mechanisms are most affected by aging:
- Your heart & blood vessels
- Bones, muscles & joints
- Skin & connective tissues beneath the skin, like ligaments and tendons
- Kidneys, bladder, genitals, and sexual organs (penis, testicles, and prostate)
Having a well running circulatory system is vital for staying healthy. It helps deliver oxygen, nutrients, and hormones to different parts of our body. This keeps everything working properly. Similarly, a healthy nervous system is also crucial. It helps us stay alert, have good eyesight and hearing, as well as proper digestion.
If you're a man who is over 45, your health, energy and strength mostly depend on what you've done in the past. Here are some lifestyle choices that make a big positive impact:
- Eating healthy: Choosing foods packed with vitamins & minerals, fiber and protein help keep you strong, energized and functioning smoothly.
- Getting enough sleep + exercise: Making sure you get 7 to 9 hours of sleep plus regular exercise. Strength training helps pack on the muscle, which then burns fat and improves your libido plus boosts your energy. Crucially sleep is the recovery process from a good workout session and optimizes your hormones.
- Avoiding smoking, alcohol and processed foods: Drinking too much alcohol, or smoking tobacco is poison for your body and leads to serious health issues. Same for processed foods like simple carbs, sugary drinks and saturated fats. Plus, these bad habits will speed up your aging process. It's best to stay away from them altogether.
Testosterone in Men: The Driving Force
Testosterone levels decrease normally with age. This leads to problems in the bedroom or to lose interest in sex altogether. Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) improves:
- Sex drive
- Sexual performance
- Bone and muscle mass development
TRT is available as pills, patches, gels, creams, shots, or it can be implanted under the skin.
But, this type of treatment isn't a magic solution and may not be right for you. TRT has great benefits, but it isn't without risks. Make sure to always be guided by a professional and under strict monitoring if you plan to start TRT, or if you're already on it.
If you're taking testosterone, you should be examined for signs of a tender or enlarged prostate. If you have a family history of prostate cancer, you may want to have a PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test. In any case, we suggest avoiding auto-prescribing TRT and making sure you're in the right hands when starting this treatment.
What is a hormone test for men?
Hormone testing for men is a critical analysis of the amount of essential hormones present in your body, which are crucial in supporting your health and fitness. The tests can be used as an initial screening of your hormone status, and also as a method of monitoring on-going testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). In addition, most of our hormone panels for men include general health biomarkers that keep tabs on your heart, liver, and kidney health & more.
Why might I need to have a hormone test for men?
If you're experiencing any symptoms commonly associated with lower testosterone or other hormone levels, it's essential that you get tested. These symptoms include:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Adrenal function tests: these tests measure levels of hormones like cortisol and aldosterone to evaluate adrenal gland function.
- Memory loss
- Weight gain
- Low energy
If you're experiencing any of these, or just want to check your hormones, you'll benefit from getting tested. Also, if you happen to be on TRT, you can also use these tests to determine the effectiveness and safety of your treatment.
What should I expect from my male hormone tests?
Hormone tests are great to understand how well your body is functioning. These tests give you an accurate examination of your testosterone levels & other sex hormones, which are vital contributors to fertility, libido, energy and strength. Additionally, you will have a better idea of how well your kidney and liver are working.
How often should I get a hormone test?
At a minimum 2-3 a year. However, some people may need to increase their testing frequency to four times a year depending on any preexisting conditions or treatments.
Hormones fluctuate all the time (even on the same day!), so frequent testing is the best way to derive statistically significant data on changes and trends in your hormone health.
What hormones are tested in a male hormone panel blood test?
Usually, hormone panels tailored for men include some or all of the following key hormones:
- Testosterone, free and total
- Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH)
- Luteinizing hormone (LH)
- Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH)
- Estradiol, ultrasensitive
- Dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEA-s)
- Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG)
More comprehensive testing can include many other hormones like dihydrotestosterone (DHT), prolactin, insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) and progesterone. How simple or comprehensive of a panel you choose comes down to your specific goals and health concerns.
If you need help deciding which panel is for you, text 754-799-7833, and our support squad will rush to the rescue.
How is a hormone test for men performed?
A blood sample is collected from a vein in your arm. The sample is then processed in a state-of-the-art lab for analysis, where hormone levels are measured through specific procedures and science-backed technologies, by qualified professionals. Once your blood has been analyzed and your results are final, we email you the results and you'll be able to make informed decisions about your health alongside your medical professional.
What can a hormone panel reveal about a man's health?
Hormones are chemical messengers that tell the body what to do. So, it's no wonder they're critical for organ functions and staying healthy. Hormone testing provides crucial information about your overall health, including reproductive function, sexual health & metabolism. Hormone imbalances cause many uncomfortable symptoms such as:
- Low energy or fatigue
- Decreased sex drive or libido
- Erectile dysfunction or difficulty maintaining erections
- Mood swings or irritability
- Muscle loss or reduced muscle strength
- Increased body fat, especially in the abdominal area
- Difficulty concentrating or memory problems
- Gynecomastia (enlarged breast tissue)
- Hot flashes or night sweats
A hormone test will allow you to catch hormone imbalances and get proper treatment. This in turn helps avoid uncomfortable symptoms and other health consequences that can worsen over time if left untreated. Because hormone imbalances can be sneaky, even if you have no symptoms, it would be smart to get them tested 2-3 a year.
How can I prepare for a hormone test for men?
To prepare for these tests, you may need to fast for a short period of time to get the most accurate results. Depending on the tests you're getting, it might not be required at all. Don't ride a bike the night before your test or morning of your hormone test. The pressure on your testicles will throw off the results. Same for avoiding sex the night before or morning of.
Carefully read the patient instructions provided with your specific order confirmation so you know exactly what to do!
What does it mean if my hormone levels are high or low?
If your hormone levels are too high or low, it means there might be an underlying issue that is causing an imbalance in your body, which needs to be addressed. This affects various aspects of your health and you should speak to your trusted doctor or treatment specialist for next steps. High or low hormone levels can be equally harmful if left untreated.
Abnormal hormone levels in men can lead to serious health consequences like:
- Heart disease
- Sexual dysfunction
- Decrease in sperm count
- Increased risk of prostate cancer
Keeping your hormones in the normal range, towards the upper limit, should be the goal. Other people, such as athletes, can be considered edge cases and follow different ranges based on their specific goals, needs, and instructions from their professional coaches and doctors. A hormone panel is the perfect tool for any man trying to understand his hormones and improve his health.
How can I find hormone testing for men near me?
Once you place your Private MD Labs order, you'll be able to easily find a lab location near you using our lab locators.
You can find all our Quest locations here: https://www.privatemdlabs.com/lab_locations_qd_basic.php
You can find all our LabCorp locations here: https://www.privatemdlabs.com/lab_locations_basic.php
Quick reminder: Quest orders must be collected at Quest Diagnostics, and LabCorp orders must be collected at LabCorp locations.
Can I order a male hormone imbalance test online or do I need to go to a lab?
You can order your tests online with us and our doctors write the lab order, without having to visit a doctor in person. However, you will need to go to one of our authorized locations to complete your blood draw. Then, you'll receive your results via email! No need to pick them up at the lab.
How long does it take to get results?
Your results can take up to 5 to 10 business days after the collection of your sample. It all comes down to the specific tests that are included in your panel.
Many factors like processing time for all biomarkers, volume demand at the lab, and unexpected logistics circumstances (even a traffic accident) can affect how long results might take. But rest assured, we will notify you via email and SMS when your results are available in your dashboard.
Do I need to visit a doctor?
Nope. You don't need a doctor's visit to get a test with us.
How do I get my results?
You'll get your results via email as soon as they are available. We will notify you via SMS as well. You can also see them at any time in the future right in your dashboard where you can easily share them with your professional and compare them side by side with future tests.
Does my lab prescription expire?
We're the only lab that honors your lab order forever.