Men's Wellness Profile
This group of tests provides an overall assessment of men’s health and wellness by evaluating heart health, thyroid function, blood sugars, and cholesterol levels, prostate health and hormone levels. The Mens Wellness Panel can be used to help uncover many health concerns from diabetes, to kidney disorders and heart disease and prostate cancer.
Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is a protein produced by both cancerous (malignant) and noncancerous (benign) prostate tissue. A small amount of PSA normally enters the bloodstream. Prostate cancer cells usually make more PSA than do benign cells, causing PSA levels in your blood to rise.
PSA screening may help you detect prostate cancer early. PSA testing can be done with a simple, widely available blood test.
Testosterone levels can decrease naturally due to your age or other health conditions. After the age of 40, men’s testosterone levels decrease by an average of at least 1 percent every year. Some symptoms of low testosterone, particularly erectile dysfunction, are commonly seen in men over 40. Low testosterone levels have often been observed in people with obesity, no matter their age.
Total cholesterol – measures all the cholesterol in all the lipoprotein particles
High-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C)—measures the cholesterol in HDL particles; often called “good cholesterol” because HDL-C takes up excess cholesterol and carries it to the liver for removal.
Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C)—calculates or measures the cholesterol in LDL particles; often called “bad cholesterol” because it deposits excess cholesterol in walls of blood vessels, which can contribute to atherosclerosis. Usually, the amount of LDL-C is calculated using the results of total cholesterol, HDL-C, and triglycerides.
Triglycerides—measures all the triglycerides in all the lipoprotein particles; most is in the very low-density lipoproteins (VLDL).
Very low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (VLDL-C)—calculated from triglycerides/5; this formula is based on the typical composition of VLDL particles.
Non-HDL-C—calculated from total cholesterol minus HDL-C
Cholesterol/HDL ratio—calculated ratio of total cholesterol to HDL-C
Lipid panels help assess your risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) to monitor treatment of unhealthy lipid levels.