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Men’s Health Test

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The Men’s Health Test is the most comprehensive screening of 10 important male health markers:

1.) Free Testosterone
2.) Total Testosterone
3.) SHBG
4.) Cortisol
5.) HbA1c
6.) Total Cholesterol
7.) DHEA-S
8.) PSA
9.) TSH
10.) Albumin

This easy-to-use home-to-lab test offers you insights into a variety of health aspects ranging from hormones to heart, liver and prostate health.

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Details
Who should take the test?

As a male, you require well-balanced testosterone levels to perform at your best, but truly knowing your health requires understanding far more than testosterone. Men of every age may be interested in understanding their testosterone, estradiol, progesterone, cortisol, and DHEA levels as these, when measured together, offer greater insight into their overall health.

Our Men’s Health Test allows you to examine 10 male markers, such as HbA1c, cortisol, TSH, albumin, cholesterol, PSA, and testosterone.

How does it work?

Once your order has been processed, you will be sent a blood sample collection kit. You collect your sample from the comfort of your own home and send it right back to our CLIA-certified partner laboratory. We analyze your sample and inform you that your results have been uploaded to your confidential account on our secure website.

What guidance will I get along with my results?

Following the completion of the analysis, you will receive a lab report that includes explanations for the analyzed markers and details on potential symptoms linked to imbalances. Additionally, we strongly advise that you discuss the results you receive from us with your healthcare provider or practitioner.

Moreover, additional information can be found on our website, particularly within various test categories, “health conditions,” and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section. If you have any further inquiries, please feel free to reach out to us by sending an email to contact@verisana.com.

How is my privacy protected?

Samples for our tests are collected in the privacy of your own home. Both we and our partner laboratories (which may be contracted by us to conduct some or all analyses of your test) take customer privacy very seriously.

You will be the sole person with access to this information, and we guarantee that we will not disclose your information to any unauthorized third parties. Additionally, all samples will be disposed of after analysis. Both our Verisana portal for registering kits and receiving results as well as our CLIA-certified partner laboratories are fully HIPAA-compliant.

Test measures
With the Men's Health Test we analyze:
  • Total Testosterone
  • Free Testosterone
  • SHBG
  • Albumin
  • Cortisol
  • DHEA-S
  • Total Cholesterol
  • HbA1c
  • TSH
  • PSA
Testosterone (Total Testosterone, Free Testosterone, SHBG, Albumin)

Testosterone, a crucial hormone primarily synthesized from cholesterol via DHEA and androstenedione, is produced predominantly in the testicles and adrenal glands. Additionally, it is generated in the skin and fat cells. This hormone facilitates the release of fats from adipose tissue.

Furthermore, testosterone can undergo conversion into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) by the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase, which is the biologically active form of testosterone responsible for male characteristics like increased body hair, beard growth, and a deep voice. Alternatively, if not converted to DHT, testosterone can be transformed into estradiol by the enzyme aromatase. Testosterone also plays a role in preventing the accumulation of abdominal fat.

In men, maintaining an adequate synthesis of testosterone is vital for performance, fat metabolism, spermatogenesis, and libido. Reduced testosterone levels may be attributed to factors like inflammatory processes or circulatory disorders. Symptoms of testosterone deficiency may include diminished libido, sexual dysfunction, muscle decline, fat deposits on the abdomen and breasts, cellulite, varicose veins, weakened facial and arm muscles, wrinkles, dry skin, reduced hair growth, low stamina, fatigue, anxiety, depression, and forgetfulness.

Conversely, excessive testosterone can lead to more aggressive and irritable behavior, acne, oily skin, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and increased muscle mass.

It is essential to differentiate between bound testosterone (bound to either albumin or SHBG) and free testosterone (not bound) when assessing testosterone levels. Total testosterone comprises both types, with free testosterone constituting approximately 2% of the total.

SHBG levels can fluctuate due to various factors such as thyroid problems, obesity, or inflammation processes in the body, potentially resulting in a disproportionately high or low amount of testosterone even when the total testosterone level falls within the reference range. Therefore, evaluating all four results is crucial for a comprehensive understanding of one’s testosterone levels.

Cortisol

Cortisol, a stress hormone produced by the adrenal cortex, is essential for managing the body’s response to stress, alongside adrenaline. It influences metabolism and aids immune functions by reducing inflammation and allergies. Cortisol levels can rise during physical exertion, emotional stress, or illness, without distinguishing between positive and negative stressors.

Elevated cortisol can result from various factors such as stress, infections, fasting, or certain medical conditions, leading to symptoms like skin problems, abdominal fat, and immune issues. Conversely, low cortisol levels can cause fatigue, dizziness, skin and hair problems, and more.

In severe cases, extremely low cortisol levels can trigger a life-threatening crisis, particularly in individuals with adrenal gland issues, necessitating immediate medical attention.

DHEA-S

DHEA, primarily produced in the adrenal glands, serves as a precursor to both male and female sex hormones, such as testosterone and estrogen. DHEA levels fluctuate throughout one’s daily rhythm and age, declining significantly, by up to 80%, between the ages of 25 and 75.

Low DHEA levels can manifest as dry skin, brittle hair, decreased motivation, anxiety, reduced stress tolerance, sparse body hair, and a diminished libido. Such deficiency can also affect productivity and hormone balance.

Conversely, elevated DHEA levels, if not due to medication or adrenal hormone issues, are viewed positively from a preventive medical standpoint. However, since DHEA can lead to increased sex hormone levels, it may bring about related symptoms when exceptionally high.

Total Cholesterol

Cholesterol, a vital fat-like substance, plays a crucial role in the body’s normal functions. It travels through the bloodstream within lipoprotein complexes, namely HDL and LDL. Total cholesterol represents the combined amount of various cholesterol components in the blood.

Regularly monitoring cholesterol levels is advisable if you have a family history of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, excess weight, or if you smoke. Elevated cholesterol levels can potentially harm health, increasing the risk of narrowed blood vessels and heart disease. Consequently, assessing cholesterol levels helps gauge the risk of cardiovascular disease.

HbA1c

Hemoglobin (Hb) is a protein within red blood cells responsible for carrying oxygen throughout the body. Glucose can permanently attach to hemoglobin, forming glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c), with the rate of formation corresponding to blood glucose levels over the past six to eight weeks, rather than daily fluctuations.

Slightly elevated HbA1c levels signal an increased risk of future diabetes (prediabetes), while high levels indicate poor blood glucose control, often with no noticeable symptoms. Prolonged high sugar levels can lead to fatigue, increased thirst, frequent urination, and delayed wound healing.

Lowering HbA1c levels can involve dietary changes, exercise, or medications, with personalized guidance from a doctor or nutritionist being the most effective approach.

The clinical significance of low HbA1c values is not fully understood, but recent studies suggest potential increased mortality risk in individuals without diabetes when HbA1c falls below a certain threshold.

TSH

Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), produced by the brain’s pituitary gland, regulates thyroid hormone production. TSH levels adjust based on free T4 (fT4) and free T3 (fT3) concentrations, ensuring stable thyroid hormone levels. Normal TSH, along with normal T3 and T4 levels, indicates a healthy thyroid.

TSH plays a critical role in distinguishing primary hyperthyroidism (thyroid gland malfunction) from secondary hypothyroidism (pituitary or hypothalamus disorders). Low TSH with high fT4 and/or fT3 suggests primary hyperthyroidism, while elevated TSH with low fT4 and/or fT3 indicates primary hypothyroidism. Slightly raised TSH levels with normal fT4 and fT3 are considered early-stage hypothyroidism (subclinical), and increased TSH with high fT4 and/or fT3 points to secondary hyperthyroidism. TSH serves as a key marker in thyroid condition assessment.

PSH

PSA, a protein produced in the prostate and released into seminal fluid, can also be found in the blood, although in significantly lower concentrations. When malignant cells are present in the prostate, they often produce more PSA. Consequently, PSA testing plays a crucial role in the early detection and monitoring of prostate cancer and other prostate-related conditions. A small blood sample is all that’s required for the PSA test.

Consider checking your PSA levels if you have a family history of prostate diseases or if you’re 49 years old or older. The PSA test serves as a screening tool to assess the potential risk of prostate cancer. A low PSA result is reassuring for low-risk individuals.

However, a raised PSA level, especially at or above 4, is non-specific and can have various causes unrelated to prostate cancer. It doesn’t necessarily indicate a high risk of prostate cancer. In such cases, further investigation by a healthcare provider is needed, leading to individualized therapy recommendations. Elevated PSA levels can also result from prostate enlargement or inflammation, which, if left untreated, may lead to chronic issues like urinary problems and erectile dysfunction.

Regardless of the test outcome, it’s important to follow up with your primary care physician for a comprehensive evaluation.

Symptoms
Symptoms the Men's Health Test is suitable for:
  • Potency problems
  • Decreased muscle mass
  • Increased body fat
  • Depressive moods
  • Anxiety
  • Nervousness
  • Uncertainty
  • Fatigue or feeling tired
Sample collection guide
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Please read the following instructions in detail, before starting with the sample collection.

 

Please download the instructions here

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What is Free Testosterone, and why is it important?

Free testosterone is the biologically active form of the hormone in the bloodstream, crucial for sexual function, muscle strength, bone health, mood, and more in men. Monitoring and maintaining appropriate levels are essential for overall well-being.

What does Total Cholesterol measure, and how does it relate to heart health?

Total cholesterol measures all cholesterol types in the bloodstream, including LDL (bad) and HDL (good) cholesterol. It's crucial for assessing heart health because elevated LDL levels can lead to artery blockages, increasing the risk of heart disease. Maintaining a balanced cholesterol profile through healthy lifestyle choices is vital for cardiovascular well-being.

What is HbA1c, and why is it relevant for men's health?

HbA1c, or Hemoglobin A1c, is a critical marker for men's health that measures average blood sugar levels over several months. It's relevant because it helps in detecting and managing diabetes, assessing the risk of developing the condition, and preventing associated health complications.

How does Cortisol influence health, and what can high or low levels indicate?

Cortisol is a hormone that affects stress response, immune function, metabolism, and more. High cortisol levels, often due to chronic stress, can lead to weight gain, mood changes, and immune system issues. Low cortisol levels, caused by adrenal gland problems or autoimmune disorders, can result in fatigue, weakness, and life-threatening crises. Balancing cortisol is crucial for overall health.

I am not getting enough blood from my finger, what can I do?

In order to draw more blood from your finger, begin by warming your hand under running warm water for a few moments and gently rotate your arm to enhance blood circulation. When it's time to prick your finger, aim for the side of the finger rather than the tip. It's often easier to use the middle or ring finger of your non-dominant hand. To prevent any involuntary withdrawal during the piercing, place your finger firmly on a stable surface. Finally, apply a gentle squeeze and massage towards the fingertip to encourage blood flow.

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