This panel is for you if you have tried everything to lose weight but the scale still does not budge. Getting hormone balance is part of your weight loss equation. This panel is designed to look at the basic hormones contributing to weight gain or difficult in shedding those few extra pounds.
- Lipid Panel With Total Cholesterol:HDL Ratio – Lipid profile testing is used to help determine your risk of heart disease along with other factors such as age, family history, cigarette smoking, diet, exercise, weight, blood pressure, and diabetes. o Metabolic Panel (14), Comprehensive – This panel measures your sugar level, electrolyte and fluid balance, kidney function and liver function
- Fasting Insulin – Insulin is a hormone secreted by the pancreas in response to eating carbohydrates. Insulin facilitates the transport of carbohydrates and sugars from the bloodstream into the cells. Insulin resistance occurs with excessive carbohydrate intake. In this case, insulin does not work optimally to drive glucose into the cells and tissues. When cells become resistant to insulin’s effects, the pancreas pumps out greater amounts of insulin in an attempt to force the glucose into the cells.
- Thyroid-stimulating Hormone (TSH) – TSH is a hormone secreted by the pituitary gland. TSH stimulates the thyroid gland to produce thyroxine (T4) and ultimately triiodothyronine (T3).
- Thyroxine (T4), Free, Direct – Measures the total amount of T4 available to the cells and tissues. Free T4 is not bound to proteins in the blood.
- Triiodothyronine (T3), Free – Measures the amount of T3 (the active form of the hormone) available to cells and tissues. T3 plays a key role in growth, development, regulating heart rate, metabolism and the body’s temperature.