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August 03, 2011 @ 11:33 AM

Please define the following hormone levels that are tested when a client orders a hormone saliva test. What are LH and FSH? Please explain in a couple of words in a manner easily understood by the average person.

Hormone levels that are tested when a Hormone Saliva Panel is ordered:

DHEA - the most common 'precursor hormone' associated with adrenal gland function. It is both a good marker of adrenal health and an effective replacement hormone to support adrenal function.

Progesterone – the major female foundational hormone, an androgen – calming, important for health HDL levels, and all organ system function including CV and Brain, Skin, Immunity, Fertility / Libido. Most women today are progesterone deficient.

Testosterone – the major male foundational hormone, an androgen – calming, important for health HDL levels, and all organ system function including CV and Brain, Skin, Immunity, and Fertility / Libido. Most men today are testosterone deficient.

Estrone – considered somewhere in the middle of estradiol and estriol. A bit less is known about its function as compared to estradiol and estriol. Most humans today have too much total estrogen and are imblanced in their ratios of differing estrogens.

Estradiol – considered the problematic estrogen (carcinogenic / inflammatory / excitatory). Most humans today have too much total estrogen and are imblanced in their ratios of differing estrogens..

Estriol – considered the weakest and safest estrogen. Most humans today have too much total estrogen and are imbalanced in their ratios of differing estrogens.

LH -leutenizing hormone. A pituitary hormone that instructs the ovaries and testes to produce MORE androgen. This hormone is often elevated in states of androgen deficiency.

FSH -follicular stimulating hormone. A pituitary hormone that instructs the ovaries and testes to produce more fertility hormones (Estrogens and DiHydroTestosterone) as well as helping mature ovarian follicles and testicular spermatogenesis. This pituitary hormone is often elevated after menopause and severe andropause.

It's all about balance - restoring what is needed, but conservatively at optimal levels individually, for each patient, while also allowing what may naturally improve to do so, and thereby restoring biochemical harmony.

Be Well,

Dr Edward

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