Testosterone labs refer to laboratory tests that measure the levels of testosterone in a person's blood. Testosterone is a hormone that plays a crucial role in the development of male sexual characteristics, such as facial hair, deepening of the voice, and muscle development, but is also present in females in lower amounts.
There are different types of testosterone labs that can be performed, including total testosterone, free testosterone, and bioavailable testosterone tests. Total testosterone measures the total amount of testosterone in the blood, including both free testosterone and testosterone bound to other proteins. Free testosterone measures the amount of testosterone that is not bound to proteins and is available to interact with cells in the body. Bioavailable testosterone measures the amount of testosterone that is not bound to sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) and is available to the body.
Testosterone levels can vary based on age, sex, and other factors, such as medication use or certain medical conditions. Low testosterone levels can lead to a range of symptoms, including decreased sex drive, erectile dysfunction, fatigue, and decreased muscle mass. High levels of testosterone can also have negative health effects, such as increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease and prostate cancer.
If you are concerned about your testosterone levels, consult with the Optimal T Clinic staff at 423-458-1310 or schedule a visit at www.optimaltclinic.com who can recommend appropriate testing and treatment if necessary.