Taking Charge of Your Health

Hi, I’m Dr. Tina Marcantel. Today I’d like
to talk about hormone test results. Many people in our world today are stressed and stress
affects the nervous system and the nervous system affects the endocrine system. That’s
all the glands including the hormones. So I do see quite a number of people in my office
today that have hormone imbalances. And we’re going to look at that, we’re going to look
at the testing. One of the things that people say is, “But why, Dr. Marcantel, why do we
need to do hormone testing with saliva versus hormone testing with blood?” Well, the reason
is a good one. Saliva testing checks at the intracellular level and that is an active
form of hormone that I can see. We want to see the active form of hormone. The blood
test, on the other hand, the hormones cling to proteins in the blood causing the hormones
to be inactive. So with the saliva test I can look at the more active form of hormone
and it gives me much more of a precise reading and, in turn, will give a very precise protocol
for the patient for the best results. So what is a hormone saliva test? A patient comes
in to the office, their symptoms show that they need a saliva test. So what we do is,
we send them home with this test kit and there is a tube in here and some paper to answer
some different questions, and they send it in the mail after they’ve collected it and
we get it back in about ten days, giving us all the information that we need for that
particular patient. That’s how simple it is to do the hormone testing. Okay, so let’s
give an example of going over a hormone lab result. You will see on the first page that
these are all the hormones that we check. We check estradiol, progesterone, and the
ratio of progesterone to estrogen. Now this is really important, that ratio, because a
lot of times women in their menopausal years think that they may need estrogen. And the
truth about it is, most women I have found in their menopausal years do not need estrogen.
They need progesterone. Most of the time what I see is a very low ratio of progesterone
to estrogen. That means although the estrogen can be low, the progesterone can be even lower
and thus we have a very low result of progesterone to estrogen. For this particular test, it
was 46. That means that we have to look at getting on some progesterone. This is very
important because in our society and in many foods there are phytoestrogens, which are
plant estrogens, there are xenoestrogens, which are estrogens found in other things,
and our count of estrogen seems to be going up a little bit more than usual. And it makes
the progesterone go down lower. Now why is progesterone so important? Because it is our
anti-anxiety hormone. It is our anti-stress hormone, it is our anti-depressant hormone.
And it works wonderfully, it helps people also to sleep. If people have trouble sleeping
or getting that deep sleep and have anxiety issues and such, I will definitely give them
some progesterone because I will have a confirmation not only from their signs and symptoms, from
what their body’s telling us, but also from the test, which gives us confirmation that
the ratio of progesterone to estrogen is low.

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