Men's Wellness

When it comes to wellness, men are much less likely overall to go to the doctor. Men need regular wellness checkups and lab tests to identify underlying conditions before organs are damaged, and symptoms arise to maintain good health.

Ulta Lab Tests offers highly reliable tests so that you can make the best decisions about your health. Here are some things to love about Ulta Lab Tests:

  • Secure and confidential results
  • No need for  health insurance
  • No need for a physician's referral
  • Affordable pricing
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee

Order your wellness lab tests today, and your results will be provided to you securely and confidentially online in 24 to 48 hours for most tests.


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Apolipoprotein A1 (APO A1) has been reported to be a better predictor than HDL cholesterol and triglycerides for Coronary Artery Disease (CAD). Low levels of APO A1 in serum are associated with increased risk of CAD. The measurement of APO A1 may be of value in identifying patients with atherosclerosis. Apolipoprotein B (APO B) has been reported to be a more powerful indicator of CAD than total cholesterol or LDL cholesterol in angiographic CAD and in survivors of myocardial infarction. In some patients with CAD, APO B is elevated even in the presence of normal LDL cholesterol.

Increased CRP levels are found in inflammatory conditions including: bacterial infection, rheumatic fever, active arthritis, myocardial infarction, malignancies and in the post-operative state. This test cannot detect the relatively small elevations of CRP that are associated with increased cardiovascular risk.

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

This test determines the subtypes of apoe which will aid in the risk assessment of corornary heart disease (CHD) and hyperlipoproteinemia.

There is a correlation between increased risk of premature heart disease with decreasing size of LDL particles. Ion mobility offers the only direct measurement of lipoprotein particle size and concentration for each lipoprotein from HDL3 to large VLDL.

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

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Cortisol is increased in Cushing's Disease and decreased in Addison's Disease (adrenal insufficiency). Patient needs to have the specimen collected between 7 a.m.-9 a.m.

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To screen for and monitor kidney dysfunction in those with known or suspected kidney disease. Cystatin C is a relatively small protein that is produced throughout the body by all cells that contain a nucleus and is found in a variety of body fluids, including the blood. It is produced, filtered from the blood by the kidneys, and broken down at a constant rate. This test measures the amount of cystatin C in blood to help evaluate kidney function.Cystatin C is filtered out of the blood by the glomeruli, clusters of tiny blood vessels in the kidneys that allow water, dissolved substances, and wastes to pass through their walls while retaining blood cells and larger proteins. What passes through the walls of the glomeruli forms a filtrate fluid. From this fluid, the kidneys reabsorb cystatin C, glucose, and other substances. The remaining fluid and wastes are carried to the bladder and excreted as urine. The reabsorbed cystatin C is then broken down and is not returned to the blood.

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.

DHT is a potent androgen derived from testosterone via 5-alpha-reductase activity. 5-alpha-reductase deficiency results in incompletely virilized males (phenotypic females). This diagnosis is supported by an elevated ratio of testosterone to DHT.

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LDL cholesterol is a key factor in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis and Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), while HDL cholesterol has often been observed to have a protective effect. Even within the normal range of total cholesterol concentrations, an increase in LDL cholesterol can produce an associated increased risk for CAD. LDL cholesterol binds to receptor sites on macrophages in blood vessel walls inciting several changes to the blood wall which enhance atherosclerotic plaque development.

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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

The fecal occult blood test is an immunochromatographic fecal occult blood test that qualitatively detects human hemoglobin from blood in fecal samples. This is a useful screening aid for detecting primarily lower gastrointestinal (G.I.) disorders that may be related to iron deficiency anemia, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, polyps, adenomas, colorectal cancers or other G.I. lesions that can bleed. It is recommended for use by health professionals as part of routine physical examinations and in screening for colorectal cancer or other sources of lower G.I. bleeding.

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

Fibrinogen is essential for the formation of a blood clot. Deficiency can produce mild to severe bleeding disorders

When it comes to wellness, men are much less likely overall to go to the doctor. The fact is, about 72% men would rather do household chores than see their doctor. Overall, women do a better job with their health screenings and preventative screenings.

It's just as important for men to have a wellness checkup. The key to male wellness is regular wellness checkups with your doctor. Men should understand how important it is to undergo annual blood tests for prostate screenings and heart health.

Keep reading this guide to learn the benefits of regular wellness checkups for men and the different lab tests used to screen your health.   

What is Men's Wellness

When you think about men's health, you may think of things like an enlarged prostate or even prostate cancer at an older age. But the truth is men's health problems can affect men at any age. 

Preventative healthcare focuses on maintaining your health and stopping health problems before they have a chance to start. The true benefits of wellness checkups are life-changing, and the advice you receive can jump-start you into making lasting healthy changes in your life.

The most important thing you can do is see your doctor. Annual screens and blood work are the tools that will power these changes.

Risk factors for a Decline in Men's Wellness

The top risk factors for men's health in the US include:

  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Stroke
  • Chronic respiratory disease

Motor vehicle accidents are also a common risk factor among men.

But one of the most significant risk factors is that men tend to avoid visiting the doctor until something is seriously wrong. And what's more, they're also avoiding essential health screenings, blood tests, and other necessary health evaluations.

The good news is that you can make a few fundamental lifestyle changes and reduce your risk factors and the causes of declining health.

Causes of a Decline in Men's Wellness

Men need to take charge of their health and make better lifestyle choices. Focus on the biggest factors that cause your health to decline. Make sure you take an honest evaluation of your lifestyle and what habits need changing. 

First, don't start smoking. And if you already smoke or use any tobacco product, then talk to your doctor about helping you quit.

Eat a healthy diet full of fruits, vegetables, lean protein like fish, and foods high in fiber. You also need to maintain a healthy weight and put in the work to shed the excess pounds.

It's also important to get moving and stay moving. Regular exercise lowers your chances of heart disease and stroke. Find activities that you enjoy and that you'll stick to. Tennis, baseball, basketball, or hiking are all great options. 

If you drink alcohol, work to limit your alcohol intake and drink in moderation. Limit your alcohol intake to two drinks a day. If you're older than 65, it's best to limit it to one drink a day.

It would help if you also manage your stress. Do you have a high-pressure lifestyle and constantly feel on edge? Ongoing stress and anxiety can have long-term effects on your immune system. It's essential to reduce your stress and learn how to manage your stress more healthily.

Signs and Symptoms of a Decline in Men's Wellness

Remember, feeling healthy doesn't mean you are healthy. Men need to pay attention to their bodies and be aware of the warning signs. Sometimes warning signs are very subtle but are a sign of a serious health condition. Watch for symptoms such as:

  • Chest pain that is constant or comes and goes
  • Blood in your urine
  • Feeling short of breath
  • Rapid hair loss
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Fatigue or dizziness
  • Excessive thirst
  • Memory loss that is more than the usual forgetfulness
  • Vision problems like blind spots or halos around lights

If you notice any of these symptoms, make sure you see your doctor and take care of your health. 

How is Men's Wellness Measured With Lab Tests

Annual blood testing is a critical part of monitoring men's wellness. Your doctor will order a standard male wellness panel to identify and or monitor for any previously diagnosed conditions that can affect your overall health.

Lab tests for men are fantastic tools to see how medications, lifestyle choices like diet, and alcohol impact your health.

Lab Tests to Monitor Men's Wellness

A men's wellness baseline panel is the perfect place to begin your journey to wellness. One of the first tests included in this panel is a complete blood count (CBC), which tests your blood levels, immunity, and overall blood health.

A comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP) gives important information about your metabolism, kidneys, liver, blood sugar, and electrolytes. The gamma-glutamyl transferase (GGT) is elevated in all forms of liver disease and is a fantastic indicator of your liver's health.

An apolipoprotein A1 and B is a precise way to measure your risk for coronary artery disease along with your total HDL, and LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides.

Elevated PSA levels are typical in men with prostate cancer or inflammatory conditions of the prostate, so it's essential to have this checked. A total testosteronelevel measures the amount of testosterone that is in the blood. Men can have symptoms of low testosterone like fatigue and a low level of sexual interest.

And a complete urinalysis measures over 27 components in your urine, such as bacteria, protein, glucose, and blood, and gives a good indicator of illness or disease.

FAQs About Men's Wellness

What's the best way for men to manage stress? Most men have full and busy lives. Active careers and family responsibilities can drive up your stress levels. Some good ways to start feeling stress include:

  • Exercise
  • Set limits
  • Prioritize
  • Make time to have some fun
  • Join a club or sports team
  • Seek professional counseling

What will my doctor discuss with me during my appointment? If you're like many men out there, you probably don't go to the doctor as often as you should and may not know what to expect. 

Your doctor will talk to you about your medical history, lifestyle and talk to you about any symptoms you're experiencing. Next is a physical exam which includes your weight and blood pressure. Your doctor will also speak to you about blood tests and health screenings for heart disease and diabetes.

If you haven't seen your doctor yet this year, schedule an appointment today. It's never too late to start on the path of wellness. 

Wellness Checkup Tests at Ulta Lab Tests

Ulta Lab Tests offers highly reliable tests so that you can make the best decisions about your health. Here are some things to love about Ulta Lab Tests:

  • Secure and confidential results
  • No need for  health insurance
  • No need for a physician's referral
  • Affordable pricing
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee

Order your wellness lab tests today, and your results will be provided to you securely and confidentially online in 24 to 48 hours for most tests.

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