What We Test and What It Tells You
This profile assesses all the major androgen precursors and metabolites. It includes eleven hormones: testosterone, DHEA, DHT (dihydrotestosterone) estradiol, estrone, estriol, progesterone. androstenedione, 17-OH progesterone cortisol and melatonin.
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Why use this assessment?
If you are experiencing signs of hormonal imbalance including:
*Poor recovery from activity
*Difficulty maintaining or loss of muscle mass and strength
*Difficulty losing body fat
*Weak or irregular morning erections
*Loss of motivation
Here is a snapshot of just some of the hormones included.
Testosterone, the dominant testicular androgen, is the precursor to 5-dihydrotestosterone (DHT). The androgenic effect in various tissues is not exerted by testosterone but by the locally produced DHT
Progesterone, a precursor to all androgens and is a physiologic modulator of DHT production.
DHEA/DHEA-S, the main adrenal androgens, are the precursors to both testosterone and estradiol, and are the limiting factor in their production, especially when the patient is under stress.
Estrone, the major estrogen in men and is the product of the peripheral aromatization of androstenedione in fat and muscle tissue.
Estradiol, an estrogen with more proliferative properties. It is formed partially in the testes, but mostly by aromatase enzyme action in peripheral tissues from both testicular and adrenal androgens.
Dihydrotestosterone, the most potent androgen; is three to five times more potent than testosterone. DHT is derived partially by direct secretion from the testes, but mostly by conversion from testosterone and other androgens in target tissues (scalp, skin, prostate, liver, and others) from five alpha-reductase enzyme activities.