- Tests for Estradiol (E2), Testosterone (T), DHEA-Sulfate (DHEA-S), Cortisol (Diurnal CX4), Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA), Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH), Free Triiodothyronine (fT3), Free Thyroxine (fT4), Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) in Men
- Results Available in Just 5-7 Business Days From Date Specimen is Received
- Requires Saliva (Cx4, T, DHEA-S) and Blood Spot (PSA, TSH, fT3, fT4, TPO) Sample Collection
- Includes a Detailed Report of Hormone Levels to Review with Your Doctor
- No Additional Lab Fees and Pre-Paid Sample Return Shipping is Included (Excludes International Shipping)
- Due To State Law, This Test Cannot Be Shipped to NY State
*In order to receive results, please print your email address clearly in the test requisition form included in the kit.
The ZRT Male Hormone Imbalance Profile tests the following hormone levels:
- Estradiol (E2)
- Testosterone (T)
- DHEA-Sulfate (DS)
- Cortisol (Cx4)
- Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA)
- Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
- Free Triiodothyronine (fT3)
- Free Thyroxine (fT4)
- Thyroid peroxidase (TPO)
By testing the levels of these hormones together, ZRT can create a hormone profile for the blood/saliva donor, which gives a more complete picture of health beyond testing a single hormone level. Testing multiple hormone levels at once is also more convenient and less expensive than testing single hormone levels.
These hormone blood and saliva tests are ideal for at-home use where people can perform the collection at their convenience. As hormones work together, it makes more sense to test them for imbalances together rather than testing a single hormone at a time.
Why test for these hormones?
Estradiol: Too much estradiol in men, relative to testosterone levels, can suppress the testosterone receptors in target tissues and can lead to feminizing effects like breast enlargement. Even if testosterone levels are normal, symptoms can indicate a functional testosterone deficiency because of the effects of higher than normal estradiol levels.
Testosterone: The primary indicator of male hypogonadism and andropause in men, many things contribute to low testosterone levels, including high cortisol levels and high estrogen levels. Testosterone production in the testes is controlled by the hypothalamic-pituitary-testicular axis, and so dysfunctions of the hypothalamus or pituitary can affect levels, as well as the negative feedback effect of estradiol on LH levels to suppress testosterone production.
DHEA-S: Produced by the adrenal glands, levels of DHEA-S generally reflect adrenal gland function. Like cortisol, it is involved with immune function. Low DHEA can result in reduced libido and general malaise.
Cortisol: An indicator of adrenal function and exposure to stressors, normal cortisol production shows a healthy ability to respond to stress. Low cortisol levels can indicate adrenal fatigue (a reduced ability to respond to stressors), and can leave the body more vulnerable to poor blood sugar regulation and immune system dysfunction. Chronically high cortisol is a consequence of high, constant exposure to stressors, and this has serious implications for long-term health, including an increased risk of cancer, osteoporosis, and possibly Alzheimer's disease.
Prostate-Specific Antigen: A measure of prostate health, high levels of PSA can indicate the presence of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or advancing prostate cancer. As prostate cells start to become crowded, they produce PSA, which acts to suppress angiogenesis, reducing the blood supply to the surrounding tissue to prevent it from further growth. High levels are therefore seen only as a result of rapid growth.
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, Free Triiodothyronine, Free Thyroxine, Thyroid Peroxidase: Tests of these hormones can indicate the presence of an imbalance in thyroid function, which can cause a wide variety of symptoms, including:
- Feeling cold all the time
- Low stamina
- Low sex drive
- Weight gain
- High cholesterol