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Hello Summer Health Lab Special

Hands and Hearts Botanical has a great Hello Summer Health Lab this month!

summer lab special
Hello Summer Health Panel

The June Health Panel is here and you won't get a better price anywhere.

You've already heard me talk about how the CBC with Differential and the CMP are the best values in labwork to gauge your overall health picture.

comprehensive metabolic panel info

So let's include some other labs in your Summer Health Panel:

A Lipid Panel -- showing cholesterol and triglycerides -- is a good view of your blood vessel health, letting us see how your body is conducting business day to day. These markers can tell us things about your risks for heart disease (atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries)

cholesterol panel references

This month's special includes your top Thyroid markers -- TSH, Free T3, and Free T4 --as well. While a single test won't be a definitive marker of concerns, it can tell much about your current state and where things may need extra attention.

diagram of thyroid components

Estradiol is one of the main estrogen hormones in both women and men. It helps regulate the female reproductive cycles, as well as aiding in libido modulation and other sexual characteristics in men.

Total Testosterone is also included for both women and men. Produced in the adrenal glands and the ovaries, it is a major sex hormone aiding in male reproduction, growth patterns, and ovary function and libido in women. Testosterone is synthesized from cholesterol, making those markers and this one an important addition to your health care review.

chart of testosterone benefits and risks

We are including Progesterone, a hormone marker for reproductive health, supporting healthy menstrual cycles and aiding in maintaining pregnancy in its early stages. Progesterone prepares the uterine lining for a fertilized egg and will shed away it that does not occur or increase as needed to support the pregnancy.

Progesterone also benefits your mood, supports your thyroid function, and helps to support lactation. While low progesterone can negatively affect your body systems, higher levels are not as involved (they can indicate a higher risk or the presence of ovarian or adrenal cancer)

Some signs of low levels of progesterone can include,

  • irregular menstrual cycles

  • infertility

  • mood changes

  • anxiety

  • depression

  • trouble with sleep patterns

  • hot flashes and more.

In pregnancy, progesterone is needed to maintain the uterine lining for the developing fetus. Low levels can increase your risks for ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, and preterm labor.

infographic of progesterone benefits and risks

Total PSA, or Prostate-Specific Antigen, is only produced in certain cells of the male prostate. Low levels are found in the blood normally, but in high or steadily increasing values between 4 -10 ng/mL additional tests may be required by your primary physician. There can be benign causes of elevated PSA values, including:

  • BPH, an age-related natural enlargement of the prostate

  • prostatitis, or an infection of the prostate

  • urinary tract infections

  • and some studies show vigorous exercise (such as cycling) may also have an impact on PSA values

infographic of prostate values

There is so much information to be learned by simply following your blood patterns. We love to be able to offer not only inexpensive testing options but also reviews of your current and previous labwork. Looking from a functional perspective gives you a view of your health patterns and where things are going. Our goal is to help you avoid the dis-ease before it gets too far.

Please note: Hands and Hearts Botanical is not diagnosing medical issues. We offer an evaluation of your existing and new blood work results to help you better understand what your blood is telling you about your health status. We want to educate you to see where your blood work is telling us your health is going -- and share some thoughts on how you can increase your health benefits and decrease your health risks.

Reach out to schedule your Hello Summer Health Panel soon! We do not perform lab work on Fridays or weekends, but will work with you to accommodate a day and time that works for your schedule.



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