VitaHealth Analysis Expanded – Male
There is a saying that “no money is worth poor health.” We’re of the same mindset and the first step to healthy living is being aware of your health. The expanded men’s lab tests for major organ and body health. Testing ranges from a Comprehensive Metabolic Panel to a vitamin panel to testing the health of the prostate. This package provides an assessment of overall health using tests often ordered at an annual wellness visit. It is also used to evaluate concerns common among men, including:
- Screening for diabetes
- Assessing risk for heart disease
- Assessing testosterone and other hormone levels
- Evaluating thyroid function
- Evaluating cancer markers such as PSA and CEA
- Assessing vitamin levels
Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP14)
The U.S National Library of Medicine and the American Association for Clinical Chemistry recommends a comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP) recommends a regular schedule for this test. Monitoring the metabolism through kidney and liver function, this test gives your doctor a picture of your overall health and function of the major metabolic organs. This is the first step in monitoring how a specific condition or medication affects the liver or kidneys.
Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA)
Studies by the National Cancer Institute point to abnormal levels of PSA in the blood being a sign of dysfunction in the prostate. More than 3 million U.S cases of prostate cancer are reported each year. Age, race/ethnicity, geography, and family history are all factors that affect prostate cancer risk. Testing for PSA can catch cancer at the earliest possible time and increases the success of treatment.
Bone density and osteoporosis become major risks with age. Healing time for bones increases dramatically after the age of 35 and 40. Vitamin D assists the intestines in absorbing calcium from food. Vitamin D can only be obtained from the sun, so people living in less sunny climates will have Vitamin D deficiency and are at risk for osteoporosis later in life. Testing can catch the deficiency early on and prohibit further harm through treatment.
Research suggests that testosterone begins to dip 1% a year after age 30. This important hormone produced by the testicles contributes to the overall health in men by regulating bone density, muscle strength and mass, facial and body hair, and sex drive. Abnormal level of testosterone can lead to changes in sleep patterns, physical changes like increased body fat and decreased muscle mass, as well as emotional changes like decreased motivation or self-confidence.