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Prolactin is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland and its primary role is to help initiate and maintain breast milk production in pregnant and nursing women. A prolactin test measures the level of the hormone prolactin, which is made by the pituitary gland in your blood. The test is typically ordered to diagnose galactorrhea, or abnormal lactation, but can also be useful in the diagnosis of headaches and visual disturbances.
Progesterone is a female hormone produced by the ovaries during ovulation. A progesterone test measures the amount of the hormone progesterone in a blood sample and to helps determine the cause of infertility in women. It is used to determine whether or not a woman has ovulated, when ovulation occurred, or to monitor the success of induced ovulation. An imbalance between progesterone and estrogen is linked to weight gain, insomnia, anxiety, depression, migraine, cancer, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, and osteoporosis.
An estradiol test measures the amount of a hormone called estradiol in the blood. For women, it is important to look at the relationship between estradiol and progesterone in evaluating menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, mood disorders, and aging skin.
A complete blood count (CBC) gives important information about the kinds and numbers of cells in the blood, especially red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. This panel of tests looks for many illnesses, including anemia, infections, and leukemia, in your blood.
A comprehensive metabolic panel is a blood test that measures your sugar (glucose) level, electrolyte and fluid balance, kidney function, and liver function. This panel includes alt/sgpt, alkaline phosphatase, ast/sgot, bilrubin total, bun, calcium, carbon dioxide total, chloride, creatinine, globulin, glucose, potassium, protein total, sodium. AG ratio, bun/creatinine ratio.
The Vitamin D, 25-Hydroxy test measures the level of vitamin D in the blood to gain an overall perspective of a patient´s health and dietary insufficiencies.
Lipid Panel with LDL: HDL Ratio is used to evaluate a person’s cholesterol levels. This test includes HDL-C, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol; LDL-C, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol; and, VLDL-C, very low-density lipoprotein cholesterol. The ratio can help a person further evaluate their risk for heart disease. Typically, a higher ratio indicates a lower risk. This test requires fasting 12-14 hours prior to blood collection.
A Tri-iodothyronine (T3) Free test is used to evaluate thyriod functions and to help diagnose hyperthyroidism. The T3 test is usually ordered following an abnormal TSH and T4 test.
The Thyroid function test is helpful in the evaluation of hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, used with thyroxine (T4) or equivalent to provide free T4 index (FTI). An indirect measure of binding protein, the T3 uptake reflects available binding sites (ie, reflects TBG). T3 uptake is not a measurement of serum T3. It should never be used alone; rather, its usual application is use with thyroxine (T4).
A Thyroxine (T4) Free tests are used to help evaluate thyroid function and diagnose thyroid diseases, including hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. Test is usually ordered after discovering that the thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) level is abnormal.
A Tri-iodothyronine (T3) Total test is used to evaluate thyroid functions and to help diagnose hyperthyroidism. The Total T3 can be affected by protein levels and protein binding ability, but the free T3 is not.
C-reactive protein (CRP) is a protein that can be measured in your blood. This test can be used to evaluate your risk of developing coronary artery disease, a condition in which the arteries of your heart are narrowed. Inflammation (swelling) of the arteries has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, heart attack, stroke, and peripheral arterial disease. CRP measures general levels of inflammation in your body, but cannot show where the inflammation is located or what is causing it.
The DHEA-sulfate test measures the amount of DHEA-sulfate in the blood. DHEA-sulfate is a weak male hormone (androgen) produced by the adrenal gland in both men and women. DHEA plays a fundamental role in hormone balance, as well as supporting one’s immune function, energy, mood, and maintenance of muscle and bone mass. Since orally administered DHEA is mostly converted to DHEA-S, coupled with the fact that DHEA-S levels are more stable in the blood than DHEA, measurement of DHEA-S is preferable to DHEA.
Testosterone is a steroid hormone (androgen) produced by special endocrine tissue in the male testicles. It is also produced by the adrenal glands in both males and females and, in small amounts, by the ovaries in females. This test measures the level of testosterone in the blood and includes both Free Direct and Total Testosterone results. Testosterone helps maintain a woman’s libido, bone and muscle mass, cardiovascular health, mood, and sense of well-being. Testosterone in conjunction with estrogen is crucial in minimizing hot flashes, sleep disturbances, night sweats, and vaginal dryness.
Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) is a hormone that synthesized and secreted by gonadotrophs of the anterior pituitary gland. FSH regulates the development, growth, pubertal maturation and reproductive processes of the body. FSH and luteinizing hormone (LH) act synergistically in reproduction.
The Urinalysis is used to help detect substances or cellular material in the urine associated with different metabolic and kidney disorders. A routine urinalysis usually includes the following tests: color, transparency, specific gravity, pH, protein, glucose, ketones, blood, bilirubin, nitrite, urobilinogen, and leukocyte esterase.
A Hemoglobin A1C test provides a measurement of a person’s average blood glucose levels over the past 2-3 months by determining the percentage of their hemoglobin which is glycated. This test includes a calculation for estimated average glucose (eAG). EAG is a measurement which indicates a person’s average daily blood sugar level.
Glucose, Serum test for both high blood glucose(hyperglycemia) and low blood glucose (hypoglycemia), help diagnose diabetes, and to monitor glucose levels in persons with diabetes.
Homocysteine is an amino acid that is produced by the body by chemically altering adenosine. This test is used to evaluate conditions that change the function or blood concentration of the B vitamins. It may also be used to evaluate conditions that affect renal (kidney) function or enzyme activities. High homocysteine levels can directly damage the delicate endothelial cells that line the inside of arteries, resulting in vascular inflammation, arterial plaque rupture, and blood clot formation.