To diagnose hormonal imbalance and other age-related illnesses, Med Stop is proud to offer lab testing such as blood work and saliva testing.
Why should I choose to have blood work?
Blood work is frequently a valuable tool in determining illness as well as the most suitable treatment plan. This is separate from our general practice, and able to be filed with your insurance. For questions regarding this service, please contact us.
What is the difference between blood work and saliva testing?
Saliva testing is the most accurate test to determine steroid hormone (i.e. progesterone, estrogen, DHEA and testosterone) levels. Saliva testing is much more accurate and useful than any blood test when attempting to determine who needs hormone replacement therapy.
Why is saliva testing more accurate?
Steroid hormones are fat soluble. This means that they dissolve in fat or oil and not water. Oil and water do not mix. The body makes carrier proteins that can dissolve in water. These proteins can then attach to the fat soluble hormones. This allows the fat soluble hormone to travel in the watery bloodstream. These steroid hormones that are attached to the proteins in the blood are not active. They are unable to bind to the cells because they are surrounded by this water soluble protein. Because the protein is surrounding the hormone, blood tests will only recognize the non-active hormones.
It is impossible to know what hormones are active without testing the saliva. Not only can saliva determine the amount of estrogen, it can also determine the active amounts of progesterone, DHEA, testosterone, and cortisol. All of these hormones levels may be altered by menopause.
What if the lab test results indicate I have a disease?
Our doctors specialize in Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, a natural form of hormone replacement that can be used to prevent, and alleviate the symptoms of, many age-related diseases. Based on the results of the lab testing, our doctor will create a customized treatment plan to address your unique symptoms and/or conditions in order to keep you feeling healthy, happy and youthful.
Schedule an appointment today!
Whether you need blood work, saliva testing or other lab testing, call us today at (732) 366-1000 and schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve optimal health.