|The Basic Weight Loss Panel includes a complete metabolic panel with lipids, complete blood count, DHEA-S, free and total testosterone, estradiol, progesterone, cortisol, thyroid stimulating hormone, free T3, insulin and HbA1c.
This panel contains the following tests:
Do you feel as though you have tried everything to lose weight? Fad diets, counting calories, hitting the gym… and the scale still doesn’t budge? In this age of technology there are all kinds of resources to track your calorie intake and output plus exercise options and nutrition guides to follow; but, getting the hormonal balance part of your weight loss equation right is a lot more complicated!
Have you ever considered that your hormonal imbalance might be keeping you from reaching your weight loss goals? This panel is designed to look at the basic hormones contributing to weight gain or difficulty in shedding those few extra pounds. This panel also targets risk markers for insulin resistance leading to diabetes.
This test may be done fasting or 2-6 hours after eating. Both ways provide valuable information, though 2-6 hours after a meal provides a more realistic assessment of the state of your blood in everyday life. Stay hydrated and take your medications as prescribed. If you are supplementing with any hormones, we suggest taking them approximately 2 hours prior to having your blood drawn to see peak levels. Hormones are best drawn between 8-10 AM. Hormonal contraceptives can interfere with progesterone and estrogen results. Ideally, cortisol should be checked in the morning around 8 AM.
Pre-menopausal women: For a 28 day cycle, blood should be drawn on day 21 (day 1 is the day that bleeding begins). For longer or shorter cycles, count 8 days back from the day your next menstruation would start.
Post-menopausal women: Blood can be drawn any day of the month.