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Anabolic Steroid Test Panel
Patient Instructions: Patient should fast for 12 hours preceding collection of specimen. For accurate test results, no ejaculation during the 24 hours preceding the test. If using a testosterone cream please be sure you have not rubbed any into the antecubital area of your arm for the last 24 hours as it can give elevated results. This test may exhibit interference when sample is collected from a person who is consuming a supplement with a high dose of biotin (also termed as vitamin B7 or B8, vitamin H or coenzyme R). It is recommended to stop biotin consumption at least 72 hours prior to the collection of specimen.
Estimated turnaround for results is 7 business days. If confirmation testing is required, the estimated time may be extended.
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.
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.
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.
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