Decreasing testosterone levels are common as we age, and can lead to an overall lack of ambition and a decrease in energy and feelings of vitality. Not feeling like yourself is frustrating and can lead to an increase in production of the stress hormone cortisol, in turn impacting your mood, libido and much more. If even one hormone in this intricately connected system falls out of balance, it can set off a cascading range of health issues.
Nothing is more important than how you feel about yourself and your health day to day. Trying "Band-aid" solutions and continuing to guess about what is going on with your health only adds to your stress. By taking this simple at-home test, you will be able to take a comprehensive look at key hormone levels and start to implement the changes that lead to true longevity and satisfaction with life.
Testosterone is the primary sex hormone and anabolic steroid, present in both men and women.
Testosterone is produced in the adrenal cortex and in the testes in men. Free testosterone is testosterone unbounded to a protein structure, and therefore circulating through the body. The amount of this free testosterone is a good indicator of how much testosterone is present in your body overall.
Free testosterone is a biologically active form of this important hormone. This test can help identify where your current levels stand.
DHEA is a hormone primarily produced in the adrenal glands from cholesterol.
DHEA is the highest circulating steroid in your body and decreases naturally as we age. DHEA is known as a precursor hormone, which is a chemical that gets converted into other hormones in the body including testosterone and estrogen (E2).
Studies have also shown a direct relationship between DHEA and Cortisol, both playing a key role in stress response.
Known as the "stress hormone", production is controlled primarily by the adrenal glands.
In times of crisis or stress, your adrenal gland releases cortisol which is responsible for the common "flight or fight" response. While cortisol is the hormone that causes high blood pressure, increased breathing, and other physiological responses to stress, DHEA is known to offset the effects of cortisol, bringing your body back into balance. Looking at your DHEA to Cortisol ratio can give you a better picture of your body's overall stress response.
Once you receive your at-home lab test, please follow the instructions provided to register your test. Once sample(s) are sent to one of our CLIA certified labs, it will take approximately 3 weeks for your results to be returned, during which time you will receive information on how to schedule your one-one-one health coaching call.
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