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IHDLab Introduces Testosterone Bioavailability Test

A New Era in Hormone Health

IHDLab is pleased to unveil its revolutionary new test for assessing testosterone bioavailability through venous draw, a development that promises to revolutionize insights into individual hormone health. This groundbreaking initiative stands as a beacon of innovation in the ever-evolving field of hormonal diagnostics.

Understanding Bioavailable Testosterone and its Role in Men and Women's Health

Bioavailable testosterone, primarily produced in the testicles and to a lesser extent by the adrenal glands in men, and in smaller quantities by the adrenal glands in women, plays a pivotal role in the development of secondary sex characteristics in males. This hormone exists either in an inactive form, bound to SHBG, or in a free state or weakly bound to albumin, constituting the bioavailable testosterone. This bioavailable fraction, which can be more clinically pertinent in certain conditions, represents the portion readily available to exert biological effects in tissues.

The bioavailable testosterone levels, determined through ammonium sulfate precipitation, offer critical insights into various health conditions. In men, diminished levels might indicate primary hypogonadism or pituitary issues, often manifesting as andropause symptoms like reduced libido and muscle weakness. Conversely, in women, elevated levels are indicative of hyperactive adrenal glands or polycystic ovaries. This test thus stands as a vital tool in diagnosing and managing hormonal imbalances effectively.

Comprehensive Guide to Testosterone Bioavailability, SHBG, and Total Testosterone Levels

Testosterone, a vital hormone in the human body, exists in various forms, each having distinct characteristics and roles. Testosterone bioavailability refers to the portion of testosterone that is readily available to exert biological effects in tissues, encompassing both free testosterone and that which is weakly bound to albumin. This contrasts with SHBG (Sex Hormone Binding Globulin), a protein that binds to testosterone, rendering it inactive and thus not bioavailable.

Free testosterone is the fraction that is not bound to any proteins and is readily available to cells, representing a subset of bioavailable testosterone. Total testosterone, on the other hand, is the summation of free testosterone and that which is bound to proteins, including SHBG and albumin.

Understanding the bioavailable testosterone is beneficial as it provides a more accurate representation of the hormone's active levels that can influence physiological functions, aiding in more precise diagnosis and management of various health conditions, including hormonal imbalances and certain reproductive issues. It thus stands as a critical tool in the nuanced approach to hormonal healthcare.

Unveiling a Milestone in Hormonal Diagnostics

In a significant stride forward in hormonal diagnostics, this distinctive test facilitates precise measurement of testosterone bioavailability in patients. This term refers to the fraction of the hormone that is readily accessible to perform biological functions within the body. The introduction of this test opens up new avenues in diagnosing and managing a range of conditions such as hypogonadism, metabolic syndrome, and specific forms of infertility.

Dr. Mina Kalantari, the Chief Scientific Officer at IHDLab, highlighted the significance of the new test, stating, "This groundbreaking test is a leap forward in hormonal healthcare, offering precise insights into bioavailable testosterone levels. It sets the stage for more personalized and effective treatment strategies, promising a new era of clarity and precision in managing hormonal imbalances."

Leading the Charge in Medical Diagnostic Innovations

IHDLab reaffirms its dedication to spearheading research and development in the medical diagnostic sector with the launch of the new testosterone bioavailability test. This initiative underscores IHDLab's commitment to fostering improved hormonal health management by equipping healthcare providers and patients with vital knowledge. This step is anticipated to cultivate a deeper understanding and facilitate better health outcomes, solidifying IHDLab's position as a leader in the industry.


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