The Immuniti Heart and Hormones test looks to identify various risk factors for chronic conditions as well as the hormones that can be responsible for a decline in health which may make you susceptible to infection.
Who is the test for?
Our Heart and Hormones health check test is for anyone that wishes to ensure that they are not experiencing a hormone imbalance, as well as checking that they aren't at risk of developing a chronic condition.
How does the test help?
Immuniti's Heart and Hormones health check analyses the particular biomarkers concerning heart and hormone health, to establish whether your levels are adequate and if you could be at risk of a chronic condition or hormone imbalance. Our doctors will review your results and where required, provide a bespoke recommendation of treatment.
- Oestrogen (oestradiol) - Responsible for sexual function and the development of secondary sexual characteristics. Oestradiol levels decline with age. Low oestradiol can increase the risk of heart issues, bone and joint conditions, as well as general immune response.
- Total testosterone - Affecting the brain, the heart and blood vessels, bone and muscle mass, fat distribution, energy levels and sexual function. High levels of testosterone in women can cause Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. This condition affects how the ovaries work and can cause unwanted side effects including irregular or the absence of periods, weight gain and excess hair growth.
- Free testosterone - Free testosterone is what connects with testosterone receptors within the body’s cells. When a cell absorbs free testosterone, it enables its functionality, such as cell replication in the bones and muscles. Free testosterone is also responsible for unwanted secondary sexual characteristics as seen in men, including facial hair and a deeper voice. Low testosterone may lead to a reduced sex drive.
- SHBG (Sex hormone binding globulin) - A protein made by the liver which attaches itself to sex hormones found in both men and women. Checking SHBG levels can show if there is too much or too little testosterone being used by the body.
- Ft4 (Free Thyroxine) - Responsible for speeding up the rate of your metabolism. Most T4 is bound to carrier proteins in the blood, but it is only the free that is active in the body, which we measure in this test. These hormones have important roles in brain development, metabolism, muscle control, heart function and bone maintenance.
- TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) - Responsible for controlling the release of thyroid hormones into the blood. It indicates how well the thyroid gland is working. Low TSH levels indicate that the thyroid gland is likely to be overactive. Individuals with an overactive thyroid may experience symptoms of weight loss, hot flushes and anxiety or depression.
- Lipid profile - This includes Cholesterol, HDLs (High Density Lipids), LDLs (Low Density Lipids) and Triglycerides which are hugely important for understanding your heart and cardiovascular health.
- Thyroid panel - Thyroid markers reveal potential issues with your thyroid gland, an important hormone producing organ which maintains immune health and sleep.
- HbA1c - Known as glycated haemoglobin, made when the glucose (sugar) in your body sticks to your red blood cells. HbA1c is an important indicator of whether you have diabetes or are likely to develop this chronic disease. Diabetes puts you at higher risk from infection and a variety of health problems, which make people more susceptible to illness.