A baseline test should be done (usually in your thirties) to get an accurate picture of your healthy, youthful hormones. Later when hormones levels begin to decline with age, the earlier test is helpful as a comparison tool in isolating specific problems.
Follow up testing should be performed when symptoms occur or in your 40s, to monitor how your hormone levels are shifting.
Once a treatment protocol has commenced, it is helpful to test every 6 months, to reveal any changes in your hormonal needs over time. Once your symptoms have been controlled and your hormone levels determined as “safe”, yearly testing is adequate.
A person’s hormone profile is as unique as their fingerprints
Monitor your body’s needs over time
There are optimum or healthy ranges for hormone levels
Our hormone production begins to decline as we reach middle age
There is a link between the age-dependent decline of certain hormones & the quality of life we enjoy.
Determine your ideal hormonal profile and the best hormone combination for you (Hormone Replacement Therapy)
Saliva testing provides many unique advantages over blood testing. First off, saliva testing measures the “free fraction” of the hormone. The free portion of the hormone is the amount that is activate. It is the portion of hormone circulating in the body that has the ability to influence your health. It corresponds better with your symptom picture.
Saliva testing is non-invasive and can be collected in the convenience of your home. This allows for a precisely timed collection. For example, some hormone levels are best collected early in the morning, while others, timing should be coordinated with your menstrual cycle. This gives us a more accurate sample, which means more relevant results for you.
North Bay Diagnostics also provides you with “supplemented reference ranges” that are not found with blood testing. Why is this important? Well, if you’re using any type of hormone influencing therapy (such as a cream, patch, oral supplement), you can accurately determine if you’re staying in a safe range for that specific product. This allows you to custom tailor a dosage that fits your individual needs, not just a one-size-fits-all approach.
If you or your health care provider suspects hormone imbalance, the first thing to do is get tested. Hormone testing will allow you to identify trouble areas and address them in a more objective way, that custom suits you as an individual. Your hormone levels are as unique as fingerprints. Testing can help you tailor a program that can target your specific needs. Using natural or “bio-identical” hormones, compounded in specific ratios can address imbalances uncovered by your hormone test. Your health care provider may also recommend certain nutritional supplements, dietary or lifestyle changes.
Loss of lean muscle mass
Loss of stamina
Loss of mental clarity
Hormones govern many aspects of your health and vitality. A hormone is a messenger. It travels from a gland and ultimately ends up signaling the billions of cells throughout the body to perform certain functions. Seems simple on the surface, but these messengers play an important roll in regulating your weight, psychological health, energy level, libido, and menstrual cycle, just to name a few.
There are dozens of different hormones in the body. They all have unique and specialized functions. One hormone may govern your metabolism, while another may influence your immune system. The various systems of the body work together in harmony in an optimally healthy individual. This is why hormone balance is so critical. Hormones function best when balanced in proper proportion with each other. If one is too high or too low, symptoms manifest.