STRESSED…IS DESSERTS SPELLED BACKWARDS!
Having your hormones checked by a specialist is something we’ve all been reading about lately. Like Pumpkin Bread in October, Hormone Testing is all the rage right now… but, why is it SO important to our health and feeling well?
For one thing, you may be struggling to get some decent sleep, right? Well, your thyroid could be to blame for the tossing and turning. And, it’s NOT something your Primary Care Physician can properly assess for you. You need an Endocrinologist.
So what, specifically, does this Endocrinologist do?
Endocrinologists specialize in balancing and maintaining hormones. Trust me, the first time you listen to them describe your “levels” you’ll know…..
You may have some weight issues…you are gaining or losing and don’t know why…..you feel sluggish and lethargic….am I hitting some of your issues? No worries…they can be fixed.
Hormone testing can alert you to a wide range of health issues and can be completed for patients of all ages.
Hormones are biochemicals that act as messengers throughout your body. These compounds can coordinate movements between organs, trigger hunger pangs or feelings of satisfaction, inhibit or spur growth, and regulate the metabolism. Among numerous other bodily functions, hormones essentially keep the body in check – delicately balancing sleep with wakefulness, growth with rest, feelings of hunger versus satiety, and overall mood. Hormone testing is an important component to overall health and can help identify and uncover significant health and wellness issues that may have otherwise gone unnoticed.
There are eight basic hormone tests you can have done:
This hormone can be tested with either saliva or blood testing. The cortisol hormone is an important factor in stress management – with a lack of cortisol possibly indicating an issue with the adrenal cortex.
These tests determine how much insulin a patient’s pancreas is producing, a substance which helps the body manage blood sugars and metabolize fats and carbohydrates.
Blood tests that focus on testosterone levels are truly revealing in terms of the health issues they can uncover. Many patients think that testosterone panels are solely for males – but females can also benefit from conducting these tests. Men can test for dihydrotestosterone – a leading indicator of male pattern baldness and prostate problems. Females often test for cortisol levels (your STRESS hormone), progesterone, and other hormones that can trigger menopause symptoms.
This is a female hormone released by the ovaries during ovulation. The progesterone hormone test is often used by women who are either having trouble getting pregnant or are experiencing difficulties or abnormalities with their menstrual cycle. You will often need to stop taking any medication that contains progesterone or estrogen at least a month before you take the progesterone test.
The thyroid works to balance your body’s metabolism and control the distribution and levels of calcium in your system. Hypo and hyperthyroidism are two conditions that can significantly affect a patient’s ability to lose weight, regulate their body temperature, maintain healthy skin, hair, and nails, and a lot of other unpleasant side effects. Available thyroid tests include basic calcium-to-creatine tests, Free T3 and Free T4 Blood Test – all the way up to comprehensive tests that include a full CBC, glucose test, and other vital screens.
Estrogen tests for women are available in different configurations. Some panels are available for men that help deliver a serious dose of anti-aging insight. Each test helps uncover basic estrogen levels, as well as estradiol, estrone serums, and other vital indicators. Women who are suffering from menopausal symptoms, a lack of libido, or those who are struggling with infertility issues are encouraged to complete a blood test for estrogen levels.
Hormone testing is an important consideration to make when you’re faced with changes in mood, libido, body weight, attitude, and energy. Those who have completed basic blood hormone tests often find that the underlying cause of their condition is easily managed and can be controlled through hormone therapy. (walkinlab ref.)
I had mine done recently and discovered that the Thyroid medication I had been prescribed (due to family history) was NOT necessary. My thyroid was functioning perfectly. Now, I take ZERO medications and feel great. Not to say things won’t change as I age but, for now …
Get tested if you have any symptoms…what is it they say…”Knowledge is Power”.