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Erectile Dysfunction Hormones and Biochemistry

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Full Blood Count (FBC)
Full blood count determines general health status. It is used as a screen for a variety of disorders, such as anaemia and infection, inflammation nutritional status and exposure to toxic substances.

Total Cholesterol
Total cholesterol and it’s sub groups HDL, LDL and Triglycerides (TG) are used in evaluating heart disease risk.
These tests are useful in the assessment of healthy individuals as well as in patients who have heart disease or have other risk factors such as smoking, high blood pressure or diabetes. They are also used to monitor treatment with lipid lowering drugs.

Uric acid
Uric acid is produced by the breakdown of nitrogen-containing compounds found in the body in substances such as nucleic acids (DNA, RNA). They enter the circulation from digestion of certain foods, drinks (alcoholic beverages like beer and wine) or from normal breakdown and turnover of cells in the body. Most uric acid is removed by the kidneys and disposed of in the urine.
Excess uric acid can cause the condition called gout – an inflammation that occurs in joints when crystals derived from uric acid form in the joint fluid. Excess uric acid can also lead to kidney disease, as a result of deposition in the kidneys or kidney stone formation, as a result of increased urinary excretion.

Urea and Creatinine
Urea and Creatinine in blood or urine, test for normal kidney function; also utilised in monitoring treatment for kidney disease. They are a part of a basic metabolic panel.

Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP)
Alkaline phosphatase is an enzyme found in high levels in bone and liver.
This is the reason it is used to screen for or monitor, treatment for a liver or bone disorder and is part of the liver function test profile.

Liver function tests
Aspartate aminotransferase (AST), Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT), and bilirubin
These tests together as a group are refer to them as 'liver function tests'.
They detect liver damage or an inherited liver disorder.

Glycosylated Haemoglobin (HbA1c)
Glycosylated haemoglobin. To aid diagnosis and monitor a person’s diabetes and to help treatment decisions.

Glucose
Blood glucose levels are also known as blood sugar.
Test is required if there are symptoms suggesting hyperglycaemia (high blood glucose) or hypoglycemia, or if you are diabetic. Also requested during pregnancy.

Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH), T3, T4
TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone, thyrotropin) blood test which screens for and diagnoses thyroid disorders; monitors treatment of hypothyroidism/hyperthyroidism.
T3 and T4 are hormones produced by the thyroid gland . The thyroid gland is found in the neck, in front of the windpipe. T3 makes up less than 10% of what we call thyroid hormone, while T4 makes up the rest. T3, however, is about four times as strong as T4, and is thought to cause most, if not all, the effects of thyroid hormones.
Thyroid hormones help regulate the body’s metabolism (how the body functions) and are also related to fertility.

Testosterone
Testosterone is used to help diagnose erectile dysfunction, infertility, early or delayed puberty, and other disorders.

Testosterone has diurnal variation and for accurate measurements blood donation should be as early in the morning as possible and no later than 10.00am

Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG)
Sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG), used to help evaluate a patient's androgens.

Prolactin (PRL)
Prolactin regulates galactorrhoea (milk production not during pregnancy). Prolactinoma (an overgrowth of the gland that secretes prolactin) may be related to visual disturbances and headaches. Prolactin levels are also as part of investigation for female and male infertility; for follow up of low testosterone in men.

Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA)
PSA is a protein produced mainly by cells in the prostate gland and can be a useful indicator of prostate cancer. This protein can be found in all males. Elevated levels do not always indicate cancer men whose levels are increased may have an infection of the prostate gland (prostatitis) or prostate enlargement. In blood, PSA is present both as free PSA and as complexed PSA bound to other blood proteins.

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Full Blood Count (FBC)

Total Cholesterol

HDL Cholesterol

LDL Cholesterol

Triglycerides

Uric Acid

Urea

Creatinine

Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP)

Aspartate Aminotransferase (AST)

Glycosylated Haemoglobin HbA1c

Glucose

Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)

FT4

Testosterone

Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG)

Prolactin PRL

Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA)

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