Forever Health Male Hormone Panel
Test subject must be 18 years or older.
Your first step to restoring your youthful health
The Forever Health Male Hormone Panel measures key hormones that impact your health. It also provides important information about your general health and nutritional status. With your blood test results in hand, your physician can effectively prescribe the best individualized dose of hormones and the most effective course of treatment for you.
Blood testing is the true cornerstone of any BHRT program. By measuring the most important hormones that are affected by aging, these blood tests will help your BHRT physician determine the best course of therapy for you.
- Free Testosterone is a hormone that directs your metabolism and the repair and regeneration of healthy tissues. Too little of it can affect your libido and erectile function, and plays a crucial role in mood, energy, bone health, body composition and cognitive decline. Testosterone levels begin to decline in a man's mid-30s. Low testosterone in men is strongly associated with metabolic syndrome, and may be a risk factor for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Restoring testosterone to youthful levels offers men benefits for heart health, body composition, mood, and memory.
- DHEA-S, a hormone secreted by the adrenal gland, is important to your mood, immune function, energy, feelings of well-being, and maintaining muscle and bone mass.
- TSH (Thyroid stimulating hormone) is produced by the pituitary gland, and stimulates your thyroid to produce T3 and T4 … and is used to screen for thyroid disease.
- Estradiol (E2) is a form of estrogen. In men, high levels of estradiol are associated with abdominal fat, enlargement of the prostate, and cardiovascular risk … and low levels are associated with osteoporosis. Many of the unwanted effects of male hormone imbalance are actually caused by an elevated estrogen level relative to low testosterone levels (the estrogen/testosterone ratio).
- Chemistry/CBC profile, the cornerstone of any complete physical, has 40 components. The Chemistry Panel helps assess cardiovascular risk, metabolic function (glucose), cholesterol, minerals important for bone health, plus liver and kidney function. The Complete Blood Count provides information regarding your immune system, infection, anemia, cancer of the blood (leukemia), nutritional deficiencies, your body's ability to clot, and more.
- Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) is produced exclusively by cells of the prostate gland. Used in conjunction with the digital rectal examination, PSA is a useful screening test for benign prostate enlargement and prostate cancer development.
- Tri-iodothyronine (T3) Free measures the amount of T3 available to the tissues, or free T3. T3 is the active form of the thyroid hormone and acts as a metabolic throttle for fueling all of the daily cellular functions. Hypothyroidism is a condition where T3 blood levels are low. This condition causes cellular dysfunction and metabolic breakdown. Symptoms may include weight gain, constipation, dry skin, and hair loss. Low T3 levels may even lead to the development of chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. Hyperthyroidism is the term for elevated T3 blood levels. Symptoms can include anxiety, insomnia, heart palpitations, and bowel discomfort.
- Thyroxine Free, Direct (T4), otherwise known as thyroxine, is secreted by the thyroid gland. Proteins bind to T4 and carry it throughout the bloodstream. Once in the tissues, T4 is released from the proteins and is now free to convert into the more active form called T3. For this reason, many doctors believe that measuring free T4 is a more sensitive test for thyroid hormone production. High levels of free T4 are associated with symptoms such as anxiety, insomnia, diarrhea, and muscle aches and pains. These symptoms collectively are known as hyperthyroidism. Low levels of free T4, known as hypothyroidism, are associated with symptoms such as depression, weight gain, dry skin, hair loss, constipation, and cold intolerance.
Testing is as easy as 1-2-3.
- Order here online. Or call 1-800-333-2650.* Not available in Maryland
- Take the requisition† you'll receive by mail to a local LabCorp Patient Service Center.
- Have your blood drawn at your convenience.
So is understanding your results!
- Your results will be sent directly to you by mail, e-mail or fax. Or you can view them online. It's your call.
- Results take 7-10 business days to receive, depending on the complexity of the blood tests ordered and your chosen method of delivery.
- Once you receive your blood test results, discuss them with your own physician.
*Blood testing services are available only in the continental United States and Anchorage, AK. Not available in Maryland.
†Your blood test requisition options are a LabCorp requisition form or a blood draw kit; see our FAQ for more information. Certain restrictions apply for residents of MA, NY, NJ, RI, and PA. Customers in MA, NY, NJ, and RI will receive a blood draw kit, and an additional local blood draw fee may be incurred. PA customers must go to LabCorp for their blood draw.
Q) Where do I go to get my blood drawn?
A) Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp) performs all of our blood draws at no extra charge to you. Not available in Maryland. Simply click "Find a Lab Near You" to locate the LabCorp Patient Service Center near you. (However, if you live in Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey or Rhode Island, you will receive a blood draw kit per state law ... and additional draw fees may apply.)
Q) Which laboratory will analyze my blood tests?
A) LabCorp provides our laboratory services.
Q) Can I order Forever Health blood tests if I live outside the United States?
A) No. We can only offer blood tests to people residing in the continental U.S. and in Anchorage, AK.
Q) Who orders the blood tests for me?
A) Forever Health contracts with physicians who will order your tests but will not diagnose or treat you.
Q) Will I receive an actual prescription for these blood tests?
A) You will receive a LabCorp Patient Service Center Request Form in the mail (USPS-first class) which you will take with you for the blood draw. (If you live in Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey or Rhode Island, you will receive a blood draw kit due to state law. Additional draw fees may apply.) Your requisition form or kit should arrive within 5-7 business days from the time your order is placed.
Q) Is there an expiration date on my blood test order?
A) Yes. Your requisition form for the blood draw is only good for 6 months from the date the order is placed.
Q) How and when will I get my results?
A) Results from Forever Health can be sent to you by snail mail, e-mail or fax. Or you can view them online. The choice is yours. And they usually arrive within 7-10 business days from the date of the blood draw, depending on the complexity of the blood tests ordered.
Q) Who can explain the results to me?
A) Discuss your results with your personal physicians and/or health care provider.
Q) Why not just go to my own physician and have him/her order blood tests for me?
A) We can probably save you a lot of money thanks to our partnership with LabCorp. We offer unique blood panels you won't find elsewhere. And your own physician may not be willing to write a prescription for blood tests for preventive purposes.
Q) Are these tests covered by my insurance company?
A) This blood test service is for informational purposes only and no specific medical advice, ICD-9 codes, Tax ID's or CPT codes will be provided. When you purchase a blood test from Forever Health, you are doing so with the understanding that you are privately paying for these tests. There is absolutely no billing to Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance.
Q) What are the blood test requisition options?
A) Your blood test requisition options are LabCorp requisition form or blood lab kit. If you choose “LabCorp Requisition Form,” you will receive a form to present to a Patient Service Center in your area. The requisition you receive will have all the ordering information necessary for you to have your blood drawn. Please note that this option is not allowed in the states of NY, NJ, RI, MA or MD.
Alternatively, if you choose "Blood Lab Kit," you will receive a kit containing all the necessary blood collection tubes, instructions, and pre-paid shipping labels. You will need to find a local physician's office, hospital or clinic to draw and process your blood. A local draw fee may be incurred.