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About Our Comprehensive Female Hormone Panel
This test panel measures the chemistry and hormone levels associated with women aging.
Our comprehensive female hormone panel includes testing levels of the following:
- Lipid Panel
- Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP)
- Complete Blood Count (CBC)
- Routine Urinalysis (UA)
- IGF-1 (Insulin Like Growth Factor)
- Testosterone, Free, Direct With Total Testosterone
- Thyroid Panel
- Uric Acid
- Human Growth Hormone (hGH)/Growth Hormone (GH)
- Estrogens, Total
- Hemoglobin A1c (Glycohemoglobin)
- DHEA-S (Dehydroepiandrosterone Sulfate)
- Vitamin B12
- Folic Acid (Folates)
- C-Reactive Protein (CRP) High Sensitivity (Cardiac Risk Assessment)
The Lipid Panel is used to measure overall cholesterol levels in the body. Lipids are various forms of fat in the body and include cholesterol types. Higher levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL, also known as "bad cholesterol") are associated with increased risk of heart attack.
LDL helps cause atherosclerosis, a hardening of the veins that leads to plaque build-up and heart attacks. This lipid panel measures levels of:
- Total Cholesterol
- HDL - "Good Cholesterol"
- LDL - "Bad Cholesterol"
The Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP) measures blood sugar (glucose) levels, electrolyte and fluid balance, kidney function, and liver function.
The 14 measurements included in the CMP help to provide a look at the overall health of the body and its metabolism and chemical balance, and can help diagnose certain conditions like diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease and hypertension. The CMP aids in determining how the liver and kidneys are functioning and where glucose, calcium, protein, sodium, potassium, and chloride levels stand.
The CMP blood test measures levels of Albumin, Blood urea nitrogen (BUN), Calcium, Carbon dioxide (Bicarbonate), Chloride, Creatinine, Glucose, Potassium, Sodium, Total Bilirubin and Protein, and Liver Enzymes: Alanine aminotransferase (ALT), Alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and Aspartate aminotransferase (AST).
In addition to the previous 14 measurements, the CMP also includes these calculated measurements:
- BUN/Creatinine Ratio (calculated)
- Albumin/Globulin Ratio (calculated)
- Globulin (calculated)
The Complete Blood Count (CBC) with differential and platelets test helps to give an overall view of general health and screens for a broad scope of diseases and conditions. This test includes testing for 10 kinds of cells and cell molecules in the blood:
- Hematocrit - The amount of red blood cells in the blood.
- Hemoglobin - A protein that transports oxygen or carbon dioxide in the blood.
- Mean Corpuscular Volume (MCV) - Measures the average volume of red blood cells in the blood.
- Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin (MCH) - The amount of hemoglobin per red blood cell.
- Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin Concentration (MCHC) - The amount of hemoglobin concentrated in a given volume of red blood cells.
- Red Cell Distribution Width (RDW) - Measures the difference of red blood cell size or volume in blood sample.
- Percentage and Absolute Differential Counts - Measures the amounts of different white blood cell types within the blood.
- Platelet Count - Measures the amount of platelets (fragments and particles of cells) in the blood that are crucial for blood clotting.
- Red Blood Cell Count (RBC) - Measures the amounts of red blood cells in the blood. Red blood cells transport oxygen throughout the body.
- White Blood Cell Count (WBC) - Measures the amount of white blood cells in the blood. White blood cells defend the body against infections and foreign bodies.
Our Urinalysis with macro and microscopic examination is a 12-panel test that examines a urine sample and analyzes levels of nitrate, protein, glucose, occult blood, ketones, and many other elements. The urine sample's color, appearance, specific gravity, pH, protein, glucose, ketones, occult blood, leukocyte esterase, nitrite, bilirubin, and urobilinogen are evaluated.
A urinalysis is important in accessing the chemical constituents in the urine and the relationship to various disease states. Microscopic examination helps to detect the presence of abnormal urine cells and formed elements. A urinalysis can detect abnormalities of urine; help diagnose and manage renal diseases, urinary tract infection, urinary tract neoplasms, systemic diseases, and inflammatory or neoplastic diseases adjacent to the urinary tract.
The Insulin-Like Growth Factor 1 (IGF-1) Test measures levels of IGF-1, a protein that is closely related to growth factors. Our IGF-1 blood test is commonly used to measure levels of human growth hormone (hGH) and its activity.
The Testosterone (Free and Total) test measures the total amount of testosterone that is bound to proteins in the blood as well as testosterone that is not bound (free testosterone), and is helpful in managing hirsutism or virilization in females.
The Estradiol test measures the amount of the hormone estradiol in the blood. Estradiol, a form of estrogen and in women, is mostly released from the ovaries and adrenal glands., and plays a key role in growth of the uterus, vagina and Fallopian tubes; changes of the outer genitals; breast development; and the distribution of body fat.
Our Thyroid Panel includes measuring the following three thyroid levels:
- T3 uptake (Triiodothyronine) - T3 is the active form of T4. This hormone informs cells to use digested food as energy, rather than store it as fat.
- T4 (Total Thyroxine) - A total T4 test measures the T4 that has bonded to protein and the free (unbonded) T4 in the blood.
- T7 (Free Thyroxine Index) - This measurement is a calculation of T4 and T3 uptake.
Uric Acid test measurements are useful in the diagnosis and treatment of gout, renal failure, and a variety of other disorders including leukemia, psoriasis, starvation, and other wasting conditions. Uric acid is a chemical compound that is created when the body breaks down purine compounds.
Purines and uric acid are found in some high-protein foods and some drinks:
- Organ meats; Liver, Kidney
- Anchovies, Sardines, Mackerel, Herring
- Dried beans/peas
The Human Growth Hormone (hGH), also known as Growth Hormone (GH), test measures levels of hGH, a hormone secreted by the anterior pituitary gland. Measurement of GH is primarily of interest in the diagnosis and treatment of various forms of inappropriate growth hormone secretion.
The Total Estrogens test measures the total amounts of the estrogen in the blood. Estrogens are the hormones responsible for female sexual development and function.
The Hemoglobin A1c (glycohemoglobin or glycated hemoglobin) test evaluates the average amount of glucose in the blood over the past 8-12 weeks.
The DHEA-Sulfate (dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate) test measures levels of DHEA-Sulfate, a male hormone (androgen) that is made in the adrenal glands, and later becomes testosterone.
The Vitamin B12 test measures levels of vitamin B12, also known as Cobalamin. B12 plays an important role in the normal functioning of the central nervous system, metabolism, and the formation of red blood cells. Deficiencies may occur in individuals with digestive disorders like celiac disease or irritable bowel syndrome.
The Folic Acid test measures levels of folic acid (folate). Folic acid is a B vitamin that plays an important role in DNA synthesis and producing red blood cells. Folic acid is absorbed through the small intestine and stored in the liver and must be ingested through diet since it cannot be made by the body itself.
The Homocysteine test measures levels of homocysteine, a non-protein amino acid that is found in the blood. Increased levels of homocysteine in the blood are related to a higher risk of coronary heart disease, atherosclerosis, blood clots, heart attack and stroke.
The C-Reactive Protein (CRP) High Sensitivity test is used to assess heart attack and/or stroke risk in individuals. CRP is a protein created by the liver. Increased C-reactive protein (CRP) levels are found in inflammatory conditions including and this high sensitivity version of the CRP test detects these protein levels at a greater sense than the standard CRP test. The correlation between c-reactive protein levels and heart health provides insight into an individual's stroke and heart attack risk despite normal or average cholesterol levels.
Since this panel includes the lipid panel and a blood glucose test in the CMP, patients should fast 9-12 hours prior to collection.