This blood test is ordered from Life Extension®. Their doctors prepare the test requests for you to take to a LabCorp location outside of Maryland for your blood draw. The test results go directly to you rather than to your doctor. Results are received quickly and the process is fairly smooth! The cost of this test is not going to be covered by insurance but submission to your FSA/HSA account is possible (not guaranteed). It might just be a PITA to try.
This panel contains the following tests:
- Testosterone, Free with Total
- Estrogens, Total
- Dihydrotestosterone (DHT)
- Free T3
- Free T4
- Reverse T3
- C-reactive protein (high sensitivity)
- Apolipoprotein B
- Insulin-like Growth Factor 1 (IGF-1)
Hormone Binding Proteins:
- Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG)
General Health Markers:
- Vitamin D, 25-hydroxy
- Complete Metabolic Panel
- Gamma Glutamyl Transferase (GGT)
- Lipid Profile
- Complete Blood Count (CBC)
- Hemoglobin A1C (HbA1C)
- Magnesium (serum)
- Iron, Serum
- Total Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC)
- Unsaturated Iron Binding Capacity (UIBC)
- Iron Saturation
Instructions: This test may be done fasting or 2-6 hours after eating. Both ways provide valuable information, though 2-6 hours after a meal provides a more realistic assessment of the state of your blood in everyday life. Stay hydrated and take your medications as prescribed. If you are supplementing with any hormones, we suggest taking them approximately 2 hours prior to having your blood drawn to see peak levels. Hormones are best drawn between 8-10 AM. Hormonal contraceptives can interfere with progesterone and estrogen results.
Pre-menopausal women: For a 28 day cycle, blood should be drawn on day 21 (day 1 is the day that bleeding begins). For longer or shorter cycles, count 8 days back from the day your next menstruation would start.
Post-menopausal women: Blood can be drawn any day of the month.