Cognoscopy Alzheimer’s Hormone Panel
Hormone Panel Includes Thyroid, Sex Hormones and Adrenal Hormones
Optimal thyroid function is crucial for optimal cognition, and suboptimal thyroid function is common in Alzheimer’s disease.
TSH, Free T4, Free T3, Reverse T3
The sex hormones are a crucial player in the prevention of dementia. Studies from the Mayo Clinic have shown that women who have their ovaries removed by age 40 without hormone replacement therapy have double the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
The sex hormone testosterone, which is present in both females and males but at higher concentrations in males, supports the survival of neurons. Men in particular with the lowest levels of testosterone concentrations are at increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease.
The adrenal hormones include Cortisol, Cortisone, and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), and for optimal health they need to be in the right balance, which is not too high and not too low.
Chronic stress can lead to dysfunction of the hypothalamus – pituitary – adrenal axis, commonly known as the HPA axis (some people also call this adrenal fatigue). When this happens, the adrenal glands either produce too much of the stress hormone cortisol, or in chronic cases not enough cortisol to deal with stresses such as infections, toxins, or lack of sleep.
An imbalance in cortisol and the HPA axis can lead to a loss of neurons in the brain, and can exacerbate cognitive decline.
DHEA is a “neurosteroid” that supports response to stress, and it is usually measured as DHEA sulfate.
|#83498||17-OH Progesterone LCMS|
|#84270||Sex Horm Binding Glob, Serum|
|#84402, #84403||Testosterone, Free/Tot Equilib|
|#84482||Reverse T3, Serum|
|#82533||Cortisol – AM|