This profile assesses all the major androgen precursors and metabolites. It includes the four hormones in the Masculinity and Strength & Recovery Ratios plus an additional seven hormones including DHT (dihydrotestosterone) estrone, estriol, progesterone. androstenedione, 17-OH progesterone and melatonin.
Dr. Ricks Recommendation: Choose this panel if you want the convenience of saliva test and are concerned with how you look and feel and have issues such as fatigue, hair loss, prostate, male breast enlargement, and/or reduced erectile function.
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
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.
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.
Progesterone, a precursor to all androgens and is a physiologic modulator of DHT production.
Estrone, the major estrogen in men and is the product of the peripheral aromatization of androstenedione in fat and muscle tissue.
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.
Cost: 11 hormones for $178 ($16.25 each)
Or, $129 with coupon