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What is an Anabolic Steroid Panel?
An Anabolic Steroid Panel is used as an initial screen on patients to determine if anti-aging treatment with bioidentical hormone replacement is needed, as well as to monitor a patient’s progress during ongoing treatment. A female ordering this panel should not expect to have a PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) test performed since this particular test only applies to male patients. However, the other portions of the test are useful for determining the overall health status of a patient, as well as the levels of specific hormones associated with early or general aging.
Who May Need an Anabolic Steroid Panel?
Anabolic androgenic steroids are derived from testosterone, a male hormone present in both men and women. These steroids facilitate the building of muscle, making bones stronger, lowering body fat and increasing a person’s endurance. Patients who have received anabolic steroid therapy, either recreationally or medically, in the past may have a decrease in the normal production of this hormone. Additionally, lower levels of testosterone in men, and increases in women, are common during the aging process, and can typically be diagnosed and treated in most cases in order to provide anti-aging benefits, including the prevention of diseases associated with abnormal levels.
What Should I Expect from My Anabolic Steroid Panel?
The Anabolic Steroid Panel is taken through a blood sample which is then sent to a laboratory for analysis. Typically, patients who show increased levels of testosterone are considered at greater risk for heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels, liver disease and cancer, hair loss, and reduced sperm count (infertility); women specifically may exhibit male characteristics such as increased body hair, a lowered voice, smaller breasts and rough skin. Normal values vary from lab to lab, making it important to discuss your results with your doctor to determine how they concern you and your health specifically.
What is an anabolic steroid panel?
An Anabolic Steroid Panel is an important pre-screening test to evaluate possible imbalances in testosterone and other sex hormones. This might help explain:
- Premature aging in patients
- Low testosterone production
- Muscle growth and development alterations
What are the benefits of testing for anabolic blood steroids?
Blood anabolic hormone testing can help identify irregularities in naturally occurring hormones that may interfere with optimal health. The results can:
- Help athletes monitor the effectiveness of their training programs
- Determine if you are getting what you need from your diet and exercise routine
- Identify hormone imbalances that need to be corrected with hormone therapy (HRT)
Who may need an anabolic steroid panel?
Patients who have received anabolic steroid therapy or are in treatment can have this testing done to check their current hormone levels. Older men or women may also benefit from this panel, as testosterone imbalances are common during aging. Imbalances may:
- Impair the muscle-building process
- Weaken bones
- Increase body fat
- Reduce fitness endurance
What should I expect from my anabolic steroid panel?
This test is taken through a blood sample which is then sent to a laboratory for analysis. Typically, patients who show decreased levels of testosterone have a greater risk for:
- Osteoporosis (weakening of bones)
- Low sex drive
- Changes in blood pressure
- Changes in hair growth patterns
- Reduced sperm count (infertility)
- Lowered voice or skin texture changes in women
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?
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