Complete Stress, Mood & Metabolism Test

Uncover Hormonal Imbalances Related to Mood, Metabolism & Libido
30-Minute Health Coaching Call Included

Complete Stress, Mood & Metabolism Test

Uncover Hormonal Imbalances Related to Mood, Metabolism & Libido
30-Minute Health Coaching Call Included

If you're dealing with low mood or libido, slow metabolism or just feel you've lost your mojo it's absolutely vital to look at your hormones. The Complete Stress, Mood & Metabolism test gives you the full picture to identify any imbalances directly affecting overall metabolic function. As we age, it's even more important to keep hormones in check in order to manage stress effectively, maintain a healthy weight and have the energy you need. If you've struggled to lose weight and keep it off, this test takes all key hormones into account: thyroid function, adrenal output, blood sugar and vitamin D status.

Test Type:
Blood
Blood

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What is Measured

Estradiol & Progesterone

The two most important hormones in the female body, individual levels as well as the ratio Pg/E2 - a key indicator of estrogen dominance

Estradiol (E2) is the primary form of estrogen created in the ovaries and also in small amounts by the adrenal glands and fat cells.

Optimal levels in women promote a healthy distribution of fat in the hips, thighs, breasts and subcutaneously. Excess estrogen, coupled with low progesterone can lead to unhealthy surplus weight gain in these areas.

Sufficient levels of vitamin D, estrogen and testosterone are important for maintaining bone health in the menopause years.

Men generally have much lower levels of estradiol and higher testosterone than women. In overweight men testosterone levels drop and estrogens rise creating the same problematic weight gain in the hips, thighs, and breasts (gynecomastia).

Progesterone (Pg) is the hormone crucial for menstrual cycle regulation and pregnancy maintenance.

Progesterone is produced mainly in the ovaries following ovulation each month.

Low progesterone is common due to high stress when the body will produce more cortisol instead of progesterone, which has an impact on the reproductive system.

Adrenals under pressure create imbalances of other hormones, e.g., stealing progesterone away from its reproductive duties to make extra cortisol, or inhibiting thyroid function and metabolism.

The individual level of estrogen and progesterone are key, but the ratio is as important to assess.

A low ratio occurs when progesterone is low relative to estrogen commonly known as estrogen dominance.

Imbalances in these two hormones can lead to weight gain in the hips and thighs, water retention and a sluggish metabolism.

In general, either decreasing estrogen and/or increasing progesterone are appropriate.

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Testosterone & DHEA

Key sex hormones (androgens)

Testosterone (male dominant) and DHEA are key sex hormones that increase lean muscle mass and metabolic rate. Androgens are key factors for hair health.

Testosterone can be elevated in women due to stress and or PCOS.

Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a hormone that your body naturally produces in the adrenal gland. DHEA helps produce other hormones, including testosterone and estrogen. Natural DHEA levels peak in early adulthood and then slowly fall as you age.

Low testosterone and low DHEA can lead to decreased muscle mass with a corresponding increase in body fat, decreased metabolic rate & excess abdominal weight gain. Low levels can also reduce vitality and exercise tolerance.

In women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), high testosterone and DHEA are linked to insulin resistance and weight gain, particularly around the middle.

Sufficient levels of vitamin D, estrogen and testosterone are important for maintaining bone health in the menopause years.

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Cortisol

Produced by the adrenal glands to keep up with our daily stress response

Adequate cortisol production is essential to function optimally, both chronic over or under-production can lead to a wide range of health issues over time.

Under stress, excessive cortisol production particularly in connection with insulin, can promote fat storage in abdominal fat stores. This visceral type of fat is closely associated with insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome.

Chronically elevated cortisol is a known risk factor for pre-diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Low cortisol can lead to chronic fatigue, low energy, food and sugar cravings, poor exercise tolerance or recovery & low immune reserves.

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Vitamin D

Vitamin D is actually a hormone mainly produced when our skin is exposed to sunlight

Adequate levels of active vitamin D3 can help support hormone balance.

Deficiency can be associated with hyperinsulinemia (excess insulin), increased belly fat and skin issues like psoriasis and acne.

Sufficient levels of vitamin D, estrogen and testosterone are important for maintaining bone health in the menopause years.

Vitamin D levels within the optimal ranges have been found to be associated with a decrease of many conditions including autoimmune diseases and cancer.

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Thyroid

Comprehensive analysis of all thyroid markers T4, T3, TSH, TPO antibodies to get a complete picture of thyroid health and function

The thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland that sits behind and below the Adam's apple. A wide range of factors from hormone imbalances to mineral deficiencies and environmental pollutants can interfere with thyroid production, leading to a wide range health problems.

Levels of key thyroid hormones can indicate whether there is a thyroid imbalance. Our bodies produce several thyroid hormones, but two are absolutely essential: thyroxine or T4, the most abundant in the body; and triiodothyronine or T3, the most active of the two. The others are also important for optimal health.

  • Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH):Produced by the pituitary gland, TSH acts on the thyroid gland to stimulate production of the thyroid hormone thyroxine (T4).
  • Free T4 - Thyroxine: The predominant hormone produced by the thyroid gland, T4 is converted to its active form, T3, within cells.
  • Total T4 -Thyroxine: Total T4 includes both free T4 and protein-bound T4, and is an indicator of the thyroid gland's ability to synthesize, process and release T4 into the bloodstream.
  • Free T3 - Triiodothyronine: T3 is the active thyroid hormone that regulates the metabolic activity of cells.
  • TPOab - Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies: Thyroid peroxidase is an enzyme involved in thyroid hormone production. The body produces antibodies, including TPOab, that attack the thyroid gland in autoimmune thyroiditis and Hashimoto's.

Elevations, even within the high-normal range, can be linked with hypothyroidism, low metabolic rate and obesity.

Hypothyroidism is also linked to elevated cortisol levels that can increase the production of binding proteins that reduce thyroid hormone bioavailability.

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Insulin & Hemoglobin A1c

Stress and blood sugar regulation

Insulin is a hormone created by your pancreas that controls the amount of glucose (sugar) in your blood at any moment. It helps store glucose in your liver, fat and muscles and also regulates your body's metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.

With prolonged stress, adrenal hormones can start fluctuating up and down, triggering blood sugar and insulin imbalances, food cravings, weight gain and sleep disturbances.

Insulin resistance can occur from prolonged elevated blood sugar levels where your body is no longer able to effectively respond to insulin, making it unable to fully absorb and use the sugar from the food you eat for energy. This can lead to type 2 diabetes.

Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) is a measure of red blood cell hemoglobin glycation and reflects the average blood glucose for the previous 3 months.

The American Diabetic Association recommends the following HbA1c levels:

  • Normal: <5.7%

  • Prediabetes: 5.7% - 6.4%

  • Diabetic: >6.5%

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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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For additional questions, you can contact us at support@equi.life.We have compiled thorough FAQs for our at-home lab tests, which you can browse here: https://faq.equi.life/en-US/articles/lab-kit-faq-14490

For additional questions, you can contact us at support@equi.life.