Hi, I’m Dr. Dave Walker, 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 we believe our blood tests are used as proactive tools to help you deter potential problems.
That’s why Life Extension created the Male Panel … to combine the best general health risk markers, hormone status, cardiovascular health, and prostate function into one low cost comprehensive panel.
So let’s examine what makes this panel an exceptional deal and why it should be the cornerstone of your preventive health care program.
Are you concerned about premature aging? Maybe you’re losing muscle mass, experiencing diminished memory, low energy, declining libido … just not feeling like yourself. Do you know if your hormones are in balance?
Good news ... The male panel measures the most important hormones that are adversely affected by aging and chronic disease. If you are a man over the age of 40, it’s very likely that you are dealing with the symptoms of hormone imbalance and don’t even know it!
So what are these hormones and why are they so important?
First we have DHEA-s … the precursor hormone for testosterone. Did you know that it’s your body's most abundant naturally occurring hormone? Studies suggest that DHEA begins to decline at age 25 and continues to diminish throughout your lifetime. DHEA is important in helping you support your immune system, improve your mental focus, maintain your ideal weight and, most importantly, improve your stamina!
But as important as DHEA is ... no male panel would be complete without measuring testosterone. Testosterone deficiency occurs in most men with advancing age and is associated with loss of lean body mass and bone density, diminished energy, increased cardiovascular risk and sexual dysfunction. The Male Panel not only measures total testosterone, it also measures Free Testosterone … which directly evaluates testosterone activity in the body.
The male panel also measures PSA, a key biomarker for prostate enlargement or prostate cancer.
And that brings us to the next hormone we need to discuss ... Estradiol … an estrogen. Why does a male panel include an estrogen measurement? Remember we have been talking about the “balance” of our hormones. In fact, aging men can have HIGH levels of estradiol combined with LOW testosterone … and that can be associated with prostate enlargement, abdominal obesity and cardiovascular risks. But just as importantly, you don’t want your estradiol to be too LOW either, since that is associated with hip fractures.
Let’s move on to the last hormone the Male Panel measures ... your Thyroid Stimulating hormone ... more commonly known as TSH. Since thyroid hormones act as the body’s metabolic regulator, it just makes good sense to measure this important hormone.
These four hormones are all vital for optimal health … but the Comprehensive Male Panel offers so much more, like C-reactive protein. Also known as high sensitivity CRP, this marker is a well-established measurement of systemic inflammation in the body. A high CRP is associated with metabolic syndrome, diabetes, heart attack, stroke, chronic inflammatory diseases and even dementia. In fact ... Life Extension believes that inflammation is the common denominator for all age-related diseases.
Well we’ve covered a lot of information so far ... and you’re doing great!! But we still have a few more important tests to cover … so stay with me!
Since Life Extension believes that everyone should know their vitamin D levels, we have also included this very important test in the Male Panel. Recent research has shown that vitamin D is important to every cell and tissue throughout the body. From proper immune function and optimal bone density to heart health and mood disorder, vitamin D is essential for optimal health.
As comprehensive as this panel already seems ... it also measures such important cardiac risk markers as total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides and glucose levels.
The male panel also evaluates liver and kidney function, and important minerals such as calcium, sodium, potassium and iron. In addition, the male panel also evaluates your white and red blood cells … which are vital for proper immune function and general health.
And last but not least, this panel also measures homocysteine, an independent cardiac risk factor.
Since the early 1980’s, Life Extension has been saying that the most important step one can take to prevent disease can’t be found in a bottle of pills. It is proactively evaluating your health status through blood testing. That’s the true cornerstone of any preventive health care program because it provides the ultimate information.
So what could be smarter than this comprehensive male panel at a great price! Another benefit … the test results are sent directly to you and can be reviewed with one of our Health Advisors. They will provide you with the information necessary to fully understand your results, and empower you to have a more meaningful discussion with your own doctor.
Just don’t forget that a 12-hour fast is required for this blood test panel. But ensure you drink plenty of water in order to stay hydrated and always take your medications as prescribed. Also keep in mind that ejaculation within 48 hours of the blood draw has been shown to elevate the PSA level in some men.
We urge you to take advantage of this great opportunity and order your Male Panel today.