Male Weight Management Biomarkers

Are you a man who wants to shed some fat, build muscle, and improve overall health? Here's how our blood test for weight loss can help you achieve that.

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C-Reactive Protein Cardiac (hs CRP) Useful in predicting risk for cardiovascular disease.

NOTE: Only measurable biomarkers will be reported.

A Complete Blood Count (CBC) Panel is used as a screening test for various disease states including anemia, leukemia, and inflammatory processes.

A CBC blood test includes the following biomarkers: WBC, RBC, Hemoglobin, Hematocrit, MCV, MCH, MCHC, RDW, Platelet count, Neutrophils, Lymphs, Monocytes, Eos, Basos, Neutrophils (Absolute), Lymphs (Absolute), Monocytes(Absolute), Eos (Absolute), Basos (Absolute), Immature Granulocytes, Immature Grans (Abs)

NOTE: Only measurable biomarkers will be reported.

Reflex Parameters for Manual Slide Review
  Less than  Greater Than 
WBC  1.5 x 10^3  30.0 x 10^3 
Hemoglobin  7.0 g/dL  19.0 g/dL 
Hematocrit  None  75%
Platelet  100 x 10^3  800 x 10^3 
MCV  70 fL  115 fL 
MCH  22 pg  37 pg 
MCHC  29 g/dL  36.5 g/dL 
RBC  None  8.00 x 10^6 
RDW  None  21.5
Relative Neutrophil %  1% or ABNC <500  None 
Relative Lymphocyte %  1% 70%
Relative Monocyte %  None  25%
Eosinophil  None  35%
Basophil  None  3.50%
Platelet  <75 with no flags,
>100 and <130 with platelet clump flag present,
Instrument Flags Variant lymphs, blasts,
immature neutrophils,  nRBC’s, abnormal platelets,
giant platelets, potential interference
The automated differential averages 6000+ cells. If none of the above parameters are met, the results are released without manual review.
CBC Reflex Pathway

Step 1 - The slide review is performed by qualified Laboratory staff and includes:

  • Confirmation of differential percentages
  • WBC and platelet estimates, when needed
  • Full review of RBC morphology
  • Comments for toxic changes, RBC inclusions, abnormal lymphs, and other
  • significant findings
  • If the differential percentages agree with the automated counts and no abnormal cells are seen, the automated differential is reported with appropriate comments

Step 2 - The slide review is performed by qualified Laboratory staff and includes: If any of the following are seen on the slide review, Laboratory staff will perform a manual differential:

  • Immature, abnormal, or toxic cells
  • nRBC’s
  • Disagreement with automated differential
  • Atypical/abnormal RBC morphology
  • Any RBC inclusions

Step 3 If any of the following are seen on the manual differential, a Pathologist will review the slide:

  • WBC<1,500 with abnormal cells noted
  • Blasts/immature cells, hairy cell lymphs, or megakaryocytes
  • New abnormal lymphocytes or monocytes
  • Variant or atypical lymphs >15%
  • Blood parasites
  • RBC morphology with 3+ spherocytes, RBC inclusions, suspect Hgb-C,
  • crystals, Pappenheimer bodies or bizarre morphology
  • nRBC’s

Comprehensive Metabolic Panel

DHEA-S is the sulfated form of DHEA and is the major androgen produced by the adrenal glands. This test is used in the differential diagnosis of hirsute or virilized female patients and for the diagnosis of isolated premature adrenarche and adrenal tumors. About 10% of hirsute women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) have elevated DHEA-S but normal levels of other androgens.

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Measuring the circulating levels of estradiol is important for assessing the ovarian function and monitoring follicular development for assisted reproduction protocols. Estradiol plays an essential role throughout the human menstrual cycle. Elevated estradiol levels in females may also result from primary or secondary ovarian hyperfunction. Very high estradiol levels are found during the induction of ovulation for assisted reproduction therapy or in pregnancy. Decreased estradiol levels in females may result from either lack of ovarian synthesis (primary ovarian hypofunction and menopause) or a lesion in the hypothalamus-pituitary axis (secondary ovarian hypofunction). Elevated estradiol levels in males may be due to increased aromatization of androgens, resulting in gynecomastia.

IMPORTANT - Note this Estradiol test is not for children that have yet to start their menstrual cycle.  If this test is ordered for a child that has yet to begin their menstrual cycle Quest Diagnostics labs will substitute in Estradiol, Ultrasensitive LC/MS/MS - #30289 at an additional charge of $34

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Useful in the diagnosis of hypochromic, microcytic anemias. Decreased in iron deficiency anemia and increased in iron overload.

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Folic acid deficiency is common in pregnant women, alcoholics, in patients whose diets do not include raw fruits and vegetables, and in people with structural damage to the small intestine. The most reliable and direct method of diagnosing folate deficiency is the determination of folate levels in both erythrocytes and serum. Low folic acid levels, however, can also be the result of a primary vitamin B12 deficiency that decreases the ability of cells to take up folic acid

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Elevated levels of homocysteine are observed in patients at risk for coronary heart disease and stroke.

Serum iron quantification is useful in confirming the diagnosis of iron-deficiency anemia or hemochromatosis. The measurement of total iron binding in the same specimen may facilitate the clinician''s ability to distinguish between low serum iron levels caused by iron deficiency from those related to inflammatory neoplastic disorders. The assay for iron measures the amount of iron which is bound to transferrin. The total iron binding capacity (TIBC) measures the amount of iron that would appear in blood if all the transferrin were saturated with iron. It is an indirect measurement of transferri

A lipid panel includes:Total cholesterol —this test measures all of the cholesterol in all the lipoprotein particles.High-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) — measures the cholesterol in HDL particles; often called "good cholesterol" because it removes excess cholesterol and carries it to the liver for removal.Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) — calculates the cholesterol in LDL particles; often called "bad cholesterol" because it deposits excess cholesterol in walls of blood vessels, which can contribute to atherosclerosis. Usually, the amount of LDL cholesterol (LDL-C) is calculated using the results of total cholesterol, HDL-C, and triglycerides.Triglycerides — measures all the triglycerides in all the lipoprotein particles; most is in the very low-density lipoproteins (VLDL).Very low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (VLDL-C) — calculated from triglycerides/5; this formula is based on the typical composition of VLDL particles.Non-HDL-C — calculated from total cholesterol minus HDL-C.Cholesterol/HDL ratio — calculated ratio of total cholesterol to HDL-C.

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Prealbumin is decreased in protein-calorie malnutrition, liver disease, and acute inflammation. It may be used as an indicator of nutritional requirements and response to therapy during total parenteral nutrition and as a biochemical marker of nutritional adequacy in premature infants.

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Elevated serum PSA concentrations have been reported in men with prostate cancer, benign prostatic hypertrophy, and inflammatory conditions of the prostate.

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This test is used to diagnose hyperthyroidism and to clarify thyroid status in the presence of a possible protein binding abnormality.

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The free T4 are tests thelps evaluate thyroid function. The free T4 test is used to help diagnose hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. Free T4 is the active form of thyroxine and is usually ordered along with or following a TSH test. This helps the doctor to determine whether the thyroid hormone feedback system is functioning as it should, and the results of the tests help to distinguish between different causes of hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism.

Helpful in assessing testicular function in prepubescent hypogonadal males and in managing hirsutism, virilization in females

This is an uncapped test. Reference ranges above 1100 ng/dL can be reported with a quantitative result.

Testosterone circulates almost entirely bound to transport proteins: normally less than 1% is free. Measurement of Free Testosterone may be useful when disturbances in Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) are suspected such as when patients are obese or have excessive estrogen. Testosterone measurements are used to assess erectile dysfunction, infertility, gynecomastia, and osteoporosis and to assess hormone replacement therapy.

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Transferrin is a direct measure of the iron binding capacity. Transferrin is thus useful in assessing iron balance. Iron deficiency and overload are often evaluated with complementary laboratory tests.

Whether you're looking to be buff or just lessen those love handles, weight loss for men can be a challenge. You may have tried diets, reducing your portion size, and doing strength training. But still, you're having trouble getting the pounds to budge.

Male weight management blood tests can help. They give you a chance to look under the hood and see what's really going on. They can highlight conditions and imbalances that could be standing between you and a healthy weight. 

Let's take a closer look at blood tests for weight loss, specifically to help men. 

What is Weight Management in Men?

Weight management refers to maintaining a healthy weight. Some of us are overweight, while others are underweight. The goal for all of us should be to maintain a healthy weight long-term.

Many men are looking to achieve a healthy weight, and it's not just because of societal pressure to look a certain way. Maintaining a healthy weight is associated with all kinds of health benefits. These include a strong circulatory system, a lower likelihood of many diseases, and an overall better sense of well-being. 

Risk Factors for Not Managing One’s Weight in Men

While many people would like to lower their weight, being underweight is not good for health and wellness. Among other things, being underweight puts you at risk of:

  • malnutrition - serious deficiencies of essential nutrients
  • compromised immune system
  • brittle bones from too little calcium and vitamin D

On the other hand, there are many risks associated with being overweight or obese. These include:

  • hypertension
  • type 2 diabetes
  • stroke
  • heart disease

With a good program of male weight management, you can avoid the risks associated with being underweight or overweight. Lab tests can form an important part of healthy living.

Causes of Being Overweight or Underweight in Men

We have always been told that weight management is about diet and exercise, and while they are certainly key parts of the equation, there are other factors that impact male weight management.

Hyperthyroidism is a condition that can cause men to become underweight. You may have unexplained weight loss even though your appetite and diet are normal. Other symptoms include irregular heartbeat, fatigue, and muscle weakness.

Men who are overweight may have low testosterone levels. This causes an increase in body fat. High levels of the stress hormone cortisol have also been linked to weight gain. 

A vitamin D deficiency can cause low mood and depression. These are risk factors for developing obesity.

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Being Overweight or Underweight in Men?

Whether a person is underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese depends on their Body Mass Index or BMI. This tool assigns you a number based on your current weight and height. 

A man is medically underweight if his BMI is below 18.5. A man is medically overweight if his BMI is 25.0 - 39.9 and is obese if it is 30.0 or above. 

It is possible to have a normal BMI but still have a level of body fat that is unhealthy.

The symptoms of being underweight include loss of appetite, feeling tired all the time, difficulty concentrating, rapid, unplanned weight loss, and thinning hair. You may also find that your weight is not stable and that you don't feel good after eating.

The symptoms of being overweight are having too much fat on the body, especially around the abdominal area. It can lead to breathing difficulties, greater perspiration, sleeping difficulties, and reduced mobility and stamina.

How Is Weight Management in Men Performed with Lab Tests?

You can have a blood test for weight loss at a walk-in clinic. All blood tests for weight management look at your blood count to see if there are any imbalances. A low iron level, causing anemia, could affect your metabolism.

Your doctor will use your results to give an initial picture of any physiological reasons for problems in losing or gaining weight. On a long-term basis, regular blood tests can monitor improvements or areas for further work. The goal is to keep you in optimal health, not just at a healthy weight. 

The Lab Tests to Screen, Diagnose, and Monitor Weight Management in Men

The first blood test to take for weight management for men is the Weight Management (Men) - Basic panel. This checks 64 biomarkers and includes a Comprehensive Metabolic Panel. 

Among many other things, this tests blood glucose levels, a key marker for diabetes. Diabetes is a major cause of problems in weight management for men. 

The Lipid Panel with Ratios analysis the cholesterol levels in the body. Along with liver function tests, as your weight management improves, these tests will help you see if levels are improving. This makes it a useful test for ongoing monitoring.

The Weight Management (Men) - Basic Plus includes the TSH test. This tests for levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone in the blood. This can help your doctor determine whether you have a healthy thyroid.

The Baseline Biomarkers - Advanced panel addresses a wider range of issues affecting weight management. It takes a deeper look at thyroid function, testosterone and DHEA Sulfate, and cardiovascular health.

The Weight Management (Men) - Comprehensive panel takes the most thorough look. It tests all systems impacting male weight management. This will give your doctor the best chance of diagnosing any issues that may be affecting you.

Frequently Asked Questions about Weight Management in Men and Lab Testing for Weight Management in Men

Weight management for men is a hot topic, and many people scour the internet looking for answers. The most common FAQs are:

How can a man lose weight?

This involves first knowing your own health and whether you have any conditions that are holding you back. Take lab tests and consult with your doctor for their advice on the right treatment, diet, and exercise to help you to reach your weight goals. 

What is healthy weight management?

This is a lifestyle, that includes healthy eating, exercise, good sleep, and a balanced approach to stress.

What labs determine weight gain?

The starting point for lab tests for obesity are fasting lipid panel and liver function tests. Fasting glucose and thyroid function tests are also essential for ruling out diabetes and thyroid issues.

Take Control with Male Weight Management Blood Tests

Male weight management doesn't have to be a guessing game. Underlying factors may be holding you back, and it may be a relatively simple fix. Take control with lab tests and a follow-up consultation with your doctor. 

Ulta Lab Tests offers tests that are highly accurate and reliable so you can make informed decisions about your health. Here are a few great things to love about Ulta Lab Tests:

  • You'll get secure and confidential results
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Order your male weight management lab tests today and your results will be provided to you securely and confidentially online in 24 to 48 hours for most tests. Take control with Ulta Lab Tests today!