Hi, I’m Dr. Judith Thompson, a health advisor at Life Extension.
When you hear the words “blood test,” what comes to mind? If you’re like most people, you probably think of the kind doctors prescribe to confirm a problem. At Life Extension®, our blood tests are used as proactive tools to help you head off potential problems.
That’s why Life Extension created the Female Panel … to bundle general health risk markers, hormone status and cardiovascular health into one low cost comprehensive panel. And that’s also why the Female Panel remains one of Life Extension’s most popular blood tests!
So ... let’s take a look at the components to see why this female panel is such an exceptional deal ... and why it should be the cornerstone of your preventive health care program.
Are you concerned about menopause? Or are you a younger woman concerned about hormone balance and weight gain? Do you want to know where your health stands?
Good news! The female panel will give you numerous markers to know how your health is. The female panel evaluates your kidney and liver function, electrolytes, minerals like calcium and iron, protein status and more. It looks at your red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets … which are so important for immune function, clotting ability and general health.
Are you concerned about cholesterol and cardiac risk markers like total cholesterol, HDL and LDL cholesterol, triglycerides and glucose levels? You can be proactive with your own health and correct any abnormalities in these cardiac markers through diet, lifestyle changes and by adjusting your hormone and supplement intake.
Did you know that inflammation is connected to many health conditions? The Female panel includes C-Reactive protein, which is also known as high sensitivity CRP. This marker is a well-established measurement of inflammation throughout your body. The CRP test is an effective way of looking at risk for metabolic syndrome, diabetes, heart attack, stroke and chronic inflammatory diseases. In fact, Life Extension believes that inflammation is the common denominator for most of these age-related diseases.
We’ve discussed so many markers already … so now let’s get into hormones! The Female panel measures the most important hormones that are adversely affected by aging and chronic disease. If you are a woman over the age of 40, it’s very likely that you are dealing with the symptoms of hormone imbalance! But the fact is, you’re not likely to hear anything about that from your doctor.
So what hormones are measured in the Female Panel … and why are they so important?
First we have DHEA-s produced by the adrenal glands. Did you know that it’s your body's most abundant naturally occurring hormone? If your body makes more DHEA than any other steroid hormone, shouldn’t you be paying attention to it? Studies suggest that DHEA begins to decline at age 25 and continues to diminish throughout your lifetime. DHEA is important to support a healthy immune system, improve mental focus, maintain ideal weight and, most importantly, to improve stamina!
But as important as DHEA is, no panel designed for women’s health should neglect to measure estradiol and progesterone … since the balance between those two is vital for optimal health. Too much of one or the other can lead to significant problems such as bloating, headaches, mood swings, weight gain, hair loss, and fatigue.
Now, when we think of female hormones we don’t usually think about testosterone. However, testosterone has been shown to be quite important in maintaining a woman’s energy level and sense of well-being, increasing libido and maintaining healthy body composition. That’s why the Female panel measures both free and total testosterone. Because restoring youthful testosterone in women provides so many health-enhancing benefits.
We’ve only discussed four hormones so far and you can already see that the imbalance of these hormones is largely correctable and preventable. They just need to be measured proactively!
Let’s move on to the last hormone measured in the Female Panel ... your Thyroid Stimulating hormone ... more commonly known as TSH. Since thyroid hormones act as the body’s metabolic regulator and every single muscle, organ and cell in the body depends on Thyroid hormones to function ... it only makes sense to assess this important hormone. Well we’ve covered a lot of information so far ... and you’re doing great!! But we have two more important tests to cover. So stay with me!
Since Life Extension believes that everyone should know their vitamin D level, we have also included this very important test in the Female Panel. From proper immune function and bone density to heart health and mood disorder, vitamin D is critical for optimal health.
And last but not least this panel also contains a test for homocysteine, an independent cardiac risk factor.
Since the early 1980’s, Life Extension has stated that the most important step you can take to prevent disease can’t be found in a bottle of pills. The true cornerstone of any preventive health care program is blood testing ... Because it provides the ultimate information. What could be smarter than a comprehensive panel that is conveniently low priced! Life Extension has worked hard to arrange an incredibly complete panel you couldn’t get anywhere else at this low price. In fact, if you paid out of pocket through your doctor, it would likely cost you over $1000!
Another benefit is that the test results are sent directly to you and can be reviewed with one of our Health Advisors. They will arm you with the information you need to understand your results, so you can have a more meaningful discussion with your own doctor.
Just remember that a 12-hour fast is required for this blood test.
We urge you to take advantage of this phenomenal opportunity and order your Female Panel today!