YOUR KEY TO BETTER HEALTH
Hormones exist in harmony with each other – partners in a delicate balancing act. When levels are in balance, body systems are stable. When levels fall out of balance, normal function is disrupted, leading to chronic symptoms, disorders and disease. Hormone balance starts with the everyday decisions we make. Lifestyle, nutrition and supplementation impact that balance – as well as our overall health.
Symptoms that may signify an imbalance include
Irregular Cycles (Women)
Decreased Urinary Flow/Increased Urge (Men)
Loss of Libido (Sex Drive)
When hormone levels begin dropping in menopause, a deficiency of one hormone can actually appear as a relative excess of another, resulting in symptoms of hormone imbalance. The start of menopause typically occurs around the age of 50, but it’s not uncommon to see symptoms much sooner – even as early as mid to late 30s depending on stress levels, diet and exercise. Menopause can also be surgically induced thorough hysteroctomy (removal of the ovaries and/or uterus), radiation or chemotherapy. Testing and monitoring hormone levels enable women to work with their health care providers to find appropriate solutions that alleviate menopause symptoms and lead to hormonal wellness.
A woman’s first symptoms of menopause may include
Heavy or Light Period
Changes to Menstrual Cycle Length
The natural decline of testosterone in men contributes to a variety of symptoms also called male menopause. In contrast to the “roller coaster” effect so common in women in menopause, the symptoms of andropause appear gradually and can be much less obvious. Along with natural aging, factors such as excessive stress, weight gain and lack of exercise can further lower testosterone – impacting stamina, drive and virility. Through hormone testing and the aid of a qualified health care provider, men can diminish the effects of andropause and return to youthful vigor.
Symptoms of andropause may include
Downward shift in strength and energy
Loss of enthusiasm for work, competition and sexual activity
Lean Muscle Loss
Comprehensive baseline testing gives you and your healthcare provider an in-depth picture of your hormone levels.
Testing reveals your individual level of hormone production and pinpoints imbalances, and also shows where you stand in compassion to health averages for your age group and gender.
These test results, combined with an assessment of any additional symptoms you may be experiencing (like hot flashes or low libido), provide a detailed picture of how hormone imbalance is affecting your life and well-being.
From there, you and your healthcare provider will be able to create an individualized treatment program.
Testing takes the guesswork out of treatment – making it possible for your provider to tailor program just for you.
Testing Is Simple
Samples can be collected in minutes at home or at your healthcare provider’s office.
Once ZRT receives your sample, it will be processed and the results sent to your provider – typically within 2-3 weeks. You can then meet with your provider to discuss results and appropriate treatment options.
ZRT makes periodic, follow-up testing easy by providing historic data ranges that compare your hormone levels over time and with treatment – enabling your provider to track your progress and make adjustments accordingly.
Founded in 1998, ZRT Laboratory has one of the largest databases of hormone test results in the industry. You benefit from the experience of a lab that has tested more than two million people and has established ranges for all hormone supplementation types.