What is an At Home Male Health test?
The Male Health Test measures hormones essential for men’s overall health. A balance of these hormones affects muscle strength, bone density, weight gain, and the healthy aging process.
What does the test measure and why?
The test measures four key hormones:
- Testosterone: This male sexual hormone is responsible for building muscles and reducing fat. As part of the natural aging process testosterone levels start declining in mid-twenties. This decline affects weight gain, muscle and bone loss, reduced sexual desire, fatigue, mood swings, and anxiety. Knowing testosterone levels helps determine how your results look for a normal aging process.
- Di-hydro-epi-androsterone (DHEA): A precursor to testosterone and estrogen, DHEA peaks even before testosterone in youth. Excess levels can be an indicator of problems with adrenal glands, however, normal levels vary by age.
- Cortisol: An indicator of our stress levels, cortisol plays key role in metabolism by breaking down muscles and bones. High levels of cortisol result in weight gain around waist, overall immune suppression, and fluid retention in the body. Cortisol levels follow the diurnal pattern, highest in the morning when we are most energetic, and gradually decrease throughout the day.
- Estradiol: The most common form of estrogen, estradiol is a female hormone but also found in men in low levels. Studies have shown it to play key role in male sexual health in combination with testosterone. Estradiol has been associated with mood swings and depression as we age.
How to get tested for Male Health?
The easiest low-cost way to get tested for men’s health is from the convenience of your home. Simply order a Male Health test kit, collect a saliva sample, send your sample to our CLIA-certified labs, and find out your levels in less than a week.