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Struggling to keep your weight in check and seeing no results? It could be due to a hormonal imbalance. Our weight & energy panel will provide the insights you need, empowering you with a vital understanding of your body so that lifestyle choices can help manage those extra pounds - giving freedom from depression and negative thoughts!
This Panel measures 6 Hormones directly impacting weight and energy in your body: Estradiol, Progesterone, Total Testosterone, TSH, DHEA, and Cortisol.
Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone: (TSH) regulates hormone production in the thyroid. When TSH production is irregular, it can lead to symptoms of hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. Additionally, abnormal functioning of the thyroid leads to a myriad of symptoms, including fatigue and unprecedented weight gain.
Estradiol: (E2) This is a form of the female sex hormone, estrogen. Estradiol plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy reproductive system. Produced mainly by the ovaries, estradiol levels are highest during a woman’s reproductive years. Levels decline significantly during menopause. When Estradiol (a form of estrogen) is imbalance, it often results in weight gain. It is useful to check Estradiol levels as the deficiency is not uncommon, which is often the case with women entering menopause. Higher estrogen in men causes reduced testosterone, thereby causing men to gain weight.
Progesterone: This a reproductive hormone involved in the development and maintenance of the reproductive organs, among other bodily functions. While progesterone does lead to an increase in appetite in women, it also counteracts other hormones that support fat storage. In men, this hormone is used to create testosterone, so a deficiency would cause reduced testosterone causing men to gain weight.
Testosterone Total: This is a growth hormone produced by the adrenal cortex. Known primarily as a sex hormone, it is also a growth hormone and is important for maintaining bone and muscle mass in men and women. Low testosterone in men leads to fat storage, while in women, the same effect occurs when testosterone is too high.
Dehydroepiandrosterone: (DHEA) is a hormone produced by the adrenal gland. While the body uses DHEA as a precursor for other hormones, it also maintains the metabolism. Healthy DHEA levels are linked to reduced fatigue and weight loss.
Cortisol: Released by the adrenal glands, cortisol is the stress hormone that maintains the body’s energy by regulating the release of glucose, and the usage of this glucose as an energy source. In times of elevated stress, high cortisol leads to adrenal fatigue, increased cravings, and a slower metabolism. All of these lead to a reduction in energy and increased weight gain.