Male Hormonal Health Screen
The Male Hormonal Health Screen is for all men who want to monitor their hormone levels.
This test assesses hormonal balance in men. This test includes: Estradiol, Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (Serum), Dehydroepiandroster Sulfate (DHEA), Testosterone (Free, Direct).
You should also order the following tests to complete your panel:
Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a biologically active metabolite of the hormone testosterone, formed primarily in the prostate gland, testes, hair follicles and adrenal glands. DHT is an androgen or male hormone. Androgens are part of the biology of gender by stimulating and controlling the development of masculine characteristics. DHT is three times more potent than testosterone. DHT is best known for its roles in causing male pattern hair loss and prostate problems.
Pregnenolone serves as a precursor to other hormones, including dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and progesterone.The cells of both the adrenal gland and the central nervous system synthesize pregnenolone from cholesterol. Human studies show there are much higher concentrations of pregnenolone in the nervous tissue, than in the bloodstream. Animal studies indicate the concentration of pregnenolone in the brain is ten-fold higher than that of other stress-related hormones (including DHEA).
Estradiol is a sex hormone. It is often called the “female hormone”, however it also present in men. It represents the major estorogen in humans. Estradiol has not only a critical impact on reproduction and sexual function, but also affects other organs including bone structure.
Sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) is important in the bioavailability of sex hormones. Testosterone and Estradiol circulate in the bloodstream, bound mostly to SHGB. Only a small fraction is unbound, or “free,” and thus biologically active and able to enter a cell and activate its receptor. function of these hormones.
Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a multi-functional steroid that has been implicated in a broad range of biological effects in humans and other mammals. DHEA is produced by adrenal glands, but also synthesized in the brain. DHEA can be understood as a prohormone for the sex steroids.
Testosterone is a steroid hormone from the androgen group. Testosterone is primarily secreted in the testes of males and the ovaries of females, although small amounts are also secreted by the adrenal glands. It is the principal male sex hormone and an anabolic steroid. In both men and women, testosterone plays a key role in health and well-being as well as in sexual functioning. Examples include enhanced libido, increased energy, increased production of red blood cells and protection against osteoporosis. On average, an adult human male body produces about forty to sixty times more testosterone than an adult female body, but females are, from a behavioral perspective (rather than from an anatomical or biological perspective), more sensitive to the hormone.