Why to use an At Home Metabolism Test?
A healthy metabolism is key to our well being and impacts our energy, weight, and overall health. With age, our metabolism slows down and it helps to know whether key hormones responsible for healthy metabolism are within expected range of our age group.
Poor metabolism can result in weight gain, fatigue, muscle weakness, and mood swings.
What specific markers are tested for metabolism test and why?
The test measures three key hormones responsible for a healthy metabolism:
- Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH): Thyroid plays a very important role in healthy appetite and metabolism. Low TSH levels result in slow metabolism, weight gain, loss of appetite, and fatigue.
- Testosterone: Although considered a male sexual hormone, testosterone is critical for building muscles and bones in men and women. Low testosterone results in muscle loss and fat build up, especially around the waist. As part of the natural aging process, testosterone levels decline and the test will compare your levels against men and women of your age group.
- Cortisol: This stress hormone is responsible for fat accumulation in the body. While testosterone helps builds muscles, cortisol is responsible for muscle break down and raising sugar levels. A balanced cortisol and testosterone ratio is crucial for healthy metabolism.
The saliva sample will measure cortisol and testosterone levels. The blood sample will test for TSH.
How to get tested for metabolism?
The easiest low-cost way to get tested for a healthy metabolism is from the convenience of your home. Simply order a metabolism test kit, collect a few drops of blood on a tissue paper and saliva in a vial, send your sample to our CLIA-certified labs, and find out your key hormone levels in less than a week.
For a detailed reference for each of the hormones tested in a Metabolism test, you can read our blog pages: All About Thyroid, All About Testosterone, All About Cortisol. Learn more about the role of metabolism on diabetes here.