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The following is a list of what is included in the item above. Click the test(s) below to view what biomarkers are measured along with an explanation of what the biomarker is measuring.

Also known as: Dehydroepiandrosterone Sulfate, DHEA SO4, DHEA Sulfate Immunoassay, DHEAS, Transdehydroandrosterone


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.

Also known as: IGF-1, IGFI LCMS, Insulin-Like Growth Factor, Insulin-like Growth Factor - 1, Somatomedin C, Somatomedin-C

Igf I, LC/MS

The insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) test is an indirect measure of the average amount of growth hormone (GH) being produced by the body. IGF-1 and GH are polypeptide hormones, small proteins that are vital for normal bone and tissue growth and development. GH is produced by the pituitary gland, a grape-sized gland located at the base of the brain behind the bridge of your nose. GH is secreted into the bloodstream in pulses throughout the day and night with peaks that occur mostly during the night. IGF-1 is produced by the liver and skeletal muscle as well as many other tissues in response to GH stimulation. IGF-1 mediates many of the actions of GH, stimulating the growth of bones and other tissues and promoting the production of lean muscle mass. IGF-1 mirrors GH excesses and deficiencies, but its level is stable throughout the day, making it a useful indicator of average GH levels.

Z Score (Female)

z Score. A z-score (aka, a standard score) indicates how many standard deviations an element is from the mean. A z-score can be calculated from the following formula. z = (X - µ) / s where z is the z-score, X is the value of the element, µ is the population mean, and s is the standard deviation.

Also known as: Insulin (fasting)


Insulin is a hormone that is produced and stored in the beta cells of the pancreas. It is vital for the transportation and storage of glucose at the cellular level, helps regulate blood glucose levels, and has a role in lipid metabolism. When blood glucose levels rise after a meal, insulin is released to allow glucose to move into tissue cells, especially muscle and adipose (fat) cells, where is it is used for energy production. Insulin then prompts the liver to either store the remaining excess blood glucose as glycogen for short-term energy storage and/or to use it to produce fatty acids. The fatty acids are eventually used by adipose tissue to synthesize triglycerides to form the basis of a longer term, more concentrated form of energy storage. Without insulin, glucose cannot reach most of the body's cells. Without glucose, the cells starve and blood glucose levels rise to unhealthy levels. This can cause disturbances in normal metabolic processes that result in various disorders, including kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, and vision and neurological problems. Thus, diabetes, a disorder associated with decreased insulin effects, is eventually a life-threatening condition.

Also known as: PSA

Psa, Total

PSA stands for prostate-specific antigen. It is a protein produced by prostate cells. The PSA test is done to help diagnose and follow prostate cancer in men.

Also known as: Free T3, FT3, T3 Free

T3, Free

This test measures the amount of triiodothyronine, or T3, in the blood.

Also known as: Free T4, FT4, T4 Free

T4, Free

The free T4 test is not affected by protein levels. Since free T4 is the active form of thyroxine, the free T4 test is may be a more accurate reflection of thyroid hormone function.

Also known as: Testosterone Total And Free And Sex Hormone Binding Globulin

Free Testosterone

In many cases, measurement of total testosterone provides the doctor with adequate information. However, in certain cases, for example when the level of SHBG is abnormal, a test for free or bioavailable testosterone may be performed as it may more accurately reflect the presence of a medical condition.

Sex Hormone Binding

The sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) test measures the concentration of SHBG in the blood. SHBG is a protein that is produced by the liver and binds tightly to testosterone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT), and estradiol (an estrogen). In this bound state, it transports them in the blood as an inactive form. The amount of SHBG in circulation is affected by age and sex, by decreased or increased testosterone or estrogen production and can be affected by certain diseases and conditions such as liver disease, hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism, and obesity. Changes in SHBG levels can affect the amount of testosterone that is available to be used by the body's tissues. A total testosterone test does not distinguish between bound and unbound testosterone but determines the overall quantity of testosterone. If a person's SHBG level is not normal, then the total testosterone may not be an accurate representation of the amount of testosterone that is available to the person's tissues.


A testosterone test measures the amount of the male hormone, testosterone, in the blood. Both men and women produce this hormone. In males, the testicles produce most of the testosterone in the body. Levels are most often checked to evaluate signs of low testosterone: In boys -- early or late puberty and in men -- impotence, low level of sexual interest, infertility, thinning of the bones In females, the ovaries produce most of the testosterone and levels are most often checked to evaluate signs of higher testosterone levels, such as: decreased breast size, excess hair growth, increased size of the clitoris. irregular or absent menstrual periods and male-pattern baldness or hair thinning.

Free T4 Index (T7)

FTI stands for the Free Thyroxine Index and is also sometimes referred to as T7. It is a calculated value determined from the T3 uptake test and total T4 test and provides an estimate of the level of free T4 in the blood.

T3 Uptake

T3 uptake is also known as T3 Resin Uptake (T3RU) or Thyroid Uptake. It estimates how much thyroid hormone-binding proteins are available in the blood through a calculation based on levels of T3 or T4 added to a person's blood specimen.

T4 (Thyroxine), Total

This test measures the amount of thyroxine, or T4, in the blood. T4 is one of two major hormones produced by the thyroid gland. The total T4 test is used to help diagnose hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. It is a useful test but can be affected by the amount of protein available in the blood to bind to the hormone.

Also known as: Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH), Thyrotropin


A TSH test is a lab test that measures the amount of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) in your blood. TSH is produced by the pituitary gland. It tells the thyroid gland to make and release thyroid hormones into the blood.



A TSH test is a lab test that measures the amount of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) in your blood. TSH is produced by the pituitary gland. It tells the thyroid gland to make and release thyroid hormones into the blood.


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The Hormone Health, Men - Basic Plus panel contains 9 tests with 17 biomarkers.

Brief Description: The Hormone Health, Men - Basic Plus panel is designed to evaluate a comprehensive range of hormone levels that are crucial for men's health. This panel focuses on assessing the functions of adrenal, thyroid, and reproductive hormones, which are vital for metabolism, sexual health, and overall well-being. It includes tests for DHEA Sulfate, Insulin-Like Growth Factor-1, Insulin, PSA Total, Sex Hormone Binding Globulin, T3 Free, T3 Uptake, T4 Free, T4 Free Index (T7), T4 Total, Testosterone Free and Total, and Thyroid Stimulating Hormone.

Collection Method: Blood Draw

Specimen Type: Serum

Test Preparation: Fasting specimen required.

Specifc to TSH: Specimen collection after fluorescein dye angiography should be delayed for at least 3 days. For patients on hemodialysis, specimen collection should be delayed for 2 weeks.

According to the assay manufacturer Siemens: "Samples containing fluorescein can produce falsely depressed values when tested with the Advia Centaur TSH3 Ultra assay."

When and Why to Order the Hormone Health, Men - Basic Plus Panel

The Hormone Health, Men - Basic Plus panel may be ordered for a variety of reasons, including the evaluation of symptoms related to hormonal imbalances such as fatigue, weight fluctuation, hair loss, reduced libido, erectile dysfunction, or infertility. It is also useful for monitoring men undergoing hormone replacement therapy or those with endocrine system conditions. This panel offers a broad overview to aid in diagnosing and managing hormonal disorders.

What the Hormone Health, Men - Basic Plus Panel Checks For

Each test within the Hormone Health, Men - Basic Plus panel provides valuable insights into different aspects of hormonal health:

Discover More with Advanced Hormone Health Panels

For those looking to delve deeper into their hormonal health, the Hormone Health, Men - Advanced and Hormone Health, Men - Comprehensive panels offer expanded testing options.

Advancing to Hormone Health, Men - Advanced Panel

The Hormone Health, Men - Advanced panel includes additional tests such as Cortisol AM, Estradiol, Follicle Stimulating Hormone, Growth Hormone, and Luteinizing Hormone. These tests provide a broader understanding of adrenal health, reproductive hormones, and potential imbalances not covered in the Basic Plus panel.

Opting for Hormone Health, Men - Comprehensive Panel

The Hormone Health, Men - Comprehensive panel encompasses all tests in the Advanced panel, plus Hemoglobin A1c, Prolactin, and QuestAssureD 25-Hydroxyvitamin D Total with D2 and D3. This panel offers the most extensive insight into hormone health, metabolic status, and vitamin D levels, which are essential for bone health, immune function, and more.

Conditions Detected by the Hormone Health, Men - Basic Plus Panel

The Hormone Health, Men - Basic Plus panel can identify several conditions:

  • Thyroid Disorders: The panel's thyroid tests can diagnose hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.
  • Androgen Disorders: Testosterone levels can reveal hypogonadism or androgen excess.
  • Insulin Resistance and Diabetes: Insulin tests help identify insulin resistance and potential diabetes.
  • Prostate Health: PSA levels can indicate prostate issues, including enlargement or cancer.
  • Adrenal Disorders: DHEA Sulfate levels can signal adrenal health concerns.

Using the Hormone Health, Men - Basic Plus Panel for Treatment and Monitoring

Healthcare professionals utilize the results from the Hormone Health, Men - Basic Plus panel to customize treatment and monitoring plans for identified conditions. Thyroid disorders might be managed with hormone therapies, testosterone imbalances with replacement therapy, and insulin resistance with lifestyle changes or medications. Abnormal prostate health findings may require further investigation or monitoring.

The Hormone Health, Men - Basic Plus panel serves as a foundational tool for assessing key aspects of men's hormonal health. Understanding the function and results of each test allows men and their healthcare providers to effectively diagnose, treat, and monitor various hormonal conditions, promoting proactive health management and improved quality of life.

We advise having your results reviewed by a licensed medical healthcare professional for proper interpretation of your results.

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