This diagnostic screen is designed for bodybuilders and strength trainers to evaluate key performance hormones that are ultimately responsible for obtaining optimum physical results. This package also assesses vital health parameters such as liver and kidney functions, as well as protein, Iron, and fat stores, which are essential for muscle growth and recovery.
Performance Hormones: Testosterone and Growth hormones are responsible for bone, muscle strength, as well as energy and sexual function. Resistance training alters the levels of testosterone, growth hormone and IGF-1 in the blood which has a beneficial outcome on muscle mass and strength. Oestradiol is steroid hormone that regulates the female reproductive system as well as growth of breast tissue. Raised Oestradiol in women can cause acne, constipation, low sex drive, depression as well as raising the risk of breast cancer. Raised Oestradiol in men is due to excess fat or in relation to testosterone levels, which have declined with age. Such increase in Oestradiol in men can cause growth of breast tissue, reduced sex drive and infertility. Low levels of Oestradiol in women can cause osteoporosis, irregular menstrual cycle as well as fatigue and depression. Cortisol is a stress hormone that has a role in immunity, regulating blood pressure as well as releasing insulin for sugar maintenance in the blood. High cortisol levels can cause rapid weight gain, excessive body hair in women, and loss of sex drive in men. Low levels of cortisol can cause fatigue, nausea and low blood pressure. Thyroid Stimulating Hormone is produced by the pituitary glands and signals the thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormones T4 and T3. High TSH levels indicate an under-active thyroid gland while low levels indicate an overactive thyroid, which can have an negative impact on training and overall health.
Training Markers: Creatine Kinase (CK) is a muscle enzyme, which signifies cells damage following strength and endurance training. CK levels tend to be high in people with greater muscle mass. Magnesium is mineral that is vital to energy production, muscle contraction and maintenance of strong bones. Most Magnesium in the body comes from dietary sources and low levels cause can muscle cramps, particularly during training. Proteins are important for body growth and health, as they are the building blocks of muscles cells and tissues. Low protein levels can be caused by malnutrition, kidney or liver disease.
Fats / Sugar: This panel tests for Cholesterol, Glucose and, and Triglycerides as high levels can increase the risk of diabetes, heart attack or stroke.
Pancreatic Enzymes (Amylase & Lipase): These enzymes are made by the pancreas and released into the digestive tract to digest starch and fatty food. These tests are ordered to diagnose acute pancreatitis ( inflammation of the pancreas).
Iron Studies: This screen measures the levels of iron in the blood. Iron is essential for the production of red blood cells that carries oxygen to muscles tissues and organs. Low iron can be due to dietary factors, and blood loss from menstruation or internal bleeding. Low iron can cause fatigue, muscle weakness and lack of concentration.
Electrolytes (Sodium, Potassium and Chloride): This panel measures the levels of electrolytes as they regulate water balance in the body as well as the function of muscles and nerves. High levels of sodium are often caused by dehydration and low levels are caused by diarrhoea and vomiting.
Minerals for Bone Health (Calcium and Phosphate): Calcium and Phosphate are important for the development and healing of teeth and bones, muscle contraction, healing of wounds, and heart function.
Liver Function tests are used to detect liver inflammation, infection, and liver disease.
Kidney Function screen is ordered to assess the overall status of the kidney.
High Sensitivity CRP test is used to detect inflammation in the heart.
Bodybuilders, strongmen, cross-fitters as well as individuals on progressive strength training regimes.
- C-Reactive Protein (High Sensitivity)
- Calcium (serum)
- Phosphate (serum)
- Magnesium (serum)
- Free T3 (FT3)
- Free T4 (FT4)
- Liver Function Screen
- Kidney Function (UEC)
- Glucose (Serum)
- Creatine Kinase (CK)
- Iron Studies
- Total Protein
- Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
- Testosterone (Total)
- Oestradiol (E2)
- Growth Hormone (GH)
- IGF-1 (Insulin-Like Growth Factor 1)
- Cortisol (Serum)
- Amylase (serum)
Fasting is required for 10-12 hours prior to sample collection.
Estimated Turn Around For Results:
5 Business Days
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