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Testosterone Free vs. Total: What’s the Difference?

Testosterone is widely known for its role as the male sex hormone. It plays many essential roles in the male body, especially sexual health and reproductive development. Testosterone is actually such a crucial hormone that the National Institutes of Health considers it the most necessary hormone in the male body.

Though a man’s testosterone levels peak during puberty and early adulthood, levels fall again with age. When testosterone levels fall too low, important body functions become less efficient, including the functions that control libido, bone mass, muscle mass, red blood cell production, fat distribution, and sperm production.

If you are experiencing symptoms that make you question your vitality and wellness, low testosterone could be to blame. Fortunately, a simple test can help you evaluate your testosterone levels and identify the best ways to boost your testosterone production. Before you undergo your testosterone testing, it’s important to understand the differences between free testosterone and total testosterone in the body.

What Is the Difference Between Free and Total Testosterone?

Not all testosterone functions the same within the body. Free testosterone travels through the blood unattached to any proteins. Only 2% of all testosterone is considered free testosterone. This small portion can move immediately into cells that need more testosterone to maintain proper body functions.

Total testosterone is the sum of the body’s free, bioavailable, and unavailable testosterone. Bioavailable testosterone includes all testosterone loosely bound to albumin and the carrier protein known as sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG). About 54% of all testosterone in the body binds to these proteins. Continue reading “Testosterone Free vs. Total: What’s the Difference?”

Hepatitis A, B, and C: What’s the Difference?

Hepatitis is a serious health condition that affects the liver. This STD occurs in three different forms, which can make it confusing to understand. Here’s what you should know about Hepatitis A, B, and C to protect your health and get the treatment you need.

What Is Hepatitis?

In general, hepatitis is defined as inflammation of the liver. Some cases of hepatitis are short lived, but others develop chronically over months or years. Viruses, alcoholism, and certain medications are all linked to the development of hepatitis.

Symptoms and Treatment for Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is caused by a virus that spreads through the fecal-oral route. Infected people shed a large quantity of the virus in their stool, which makes it all too easy to spread to others through shaking hands, turning door knobs, answering the phone, and touching other common surfaces.

The most common symptoms of Hepatitis A include nausea, poor appetite, abdominal pain, fatigue, and dark urine. A blood test is needed to identify hepatitis A, but no specific treatment exists. Instead, the body needs time to recover from the virus on its own. In most cases, the liver can recover in six months with no lasting damage. Continue reading “Hepatitis A, B, and C: What’s the Difference?”

Why Are Some Women Prone to UTIs?

If you’ve suffered through a urinary tract infection in the past, you know exactly how painful and uncomfortable the condition can become. Women are far more prone to UTIs than men, and some women even more than others. If you count yourself among the millions of women who are plagued by UTIs, the following information will help you seek a solution.

What Are UTIs?

Urinary tract infections occur when bacteria gets trapped in the urinary tract. Since the urinary tract comprises of the kidneys, bladder, ureters, and urethra, there is plenty of space for bacteria to hide. The bladder and the urethra are the most common places for bacteria to live, and this creates infection as the bacteria irritates the body. Continue reading “Why Are Some Women Prone to UTIs?”

Tips for Safeguarding Your Immune System This Winter

Most of us escape the cold and flu over the summer, but autumn and winter often pack a one-two punch to the immune system. As the weather begins to get cooler, it is more important than ever to take measures to support a healthy immune system. These tips will help you take action to protect your wellness.

Water, Water, Water

Your body relies on water to clear out toxins and other “sludge” that can weigh you down and keep you feeling ill. Even more importantly, purified water helps white blood cells and other immune system elements reach their destinations and fight bacterial and viral intruders.

Many beverages like coffee, tea, and soda actually dehydrate the body, so plain and simple water is the best bet. Infuse with fruit if you need a flavor! Even if this habit seems tough at first, you’ll adjust to drinking more water and soon wonder how you used to function without consistent hydration. Continue reading “Tips for Safeguarding Your Immune System This Winter”

Can STDs Be Treated? Here’s What You Should Know

You never hope to contract an STD, but if you are sexually active, STDs pose a real risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 19 million men and women in the United States contract some kind of sexually transmitted disease each year!

STDs cause uncomfortable and dangerous symptoms, but the good news is that most STDs caused by bacteria and can be treated or even cured with antibiotics. Even if an STD is caused by a virus, it can still be controlled with proper medical attention.

Whether you have syphilis, chlamydia, or any STD in between, here’s what you should know about treating your STD. Continue reading “Can STDs Be Treated? Here’s What You Should Know”

Women, Top 4 Signs You Might Have an STD

Symptoms are tricky to interpret. Does your headache mean you’re dehydrated, stressed, or dealing with poor vision? It’s tempting to ignore symptoms and just hope they disappear, but the following five symptoms definitely need your attention since they could signal an STD.

Continual Vaginal Itching

Itches happen from time to time, but it isn’t normal to feel ongoing itching inside your vagina. If your itching becomes incessant and overwhelming, it could indicate a yeast infection… or it could indicate an STD like chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, or trichomoniasis. It is even more likely to be an STD if the itching is paired with any of the symptoms below. Continue reading “Women, Top 4 Signs You Might Have an STD”

Everything You Should Know About Prostate Health

Not too many years ago, a prostate cancer diagnosis was nothing short of a death sentence. But today, science continues to advance at lightning speeds to uncover treatments and cures that make survival possible. With the right men’s wellness tests, you can uncover any potential prostate health problems early enough to seek effective and long-lasting treatment.

Why Does the Prostate Matter?

The prostate gland is a walnut-sized gland located in a man’s body below the bladder and in front of the rectum. It is responsible for producing a thick, milky fluid that contributes to the production of semen. Due to the prostate position, it can cause serious problems with urination and sexual function is something goes wrong. Continue reading “Everything You Should Know About Prostate Health”

Gonorrhea 101

Often known as “The Clap,” Gonorrhea is a common sexually transmitted disease (STD) that affects about 78 million people around the world each year. Though this STD can be treated, it is a serious condition that can lead to complications if ignored.

Procrastination only makes matters worse, so it’s essential to test for gonorrhea as soon as you suspect you might have contracted the disease.

What Is Gonorrhea?

Gonorrhea is caused by the bacterium called neisseria gonorrhoeae. It can affect both men and women in the genitals, rectum, and throat as a result of any form of unprotected sexual activity.

Gonorrhea is especially unique because it can be passed from mother to baby during pregnancy. It’s even possible to experience gonorrhea and chlamydia simultaneously. Continue reading “Gonorrhea 101”

A Beginner’s Guide to Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a painful condition that impacts million of Americans, but many have no idea that fibromyalgia is responsible for their suffering.

Fibromyalgia is defined as widespread and long-term body pain radiating from the muscles and connective tissues. It is often accompanied by other symptoms like headaches, fatigue, anxiety, and depression.

Though a specific cause has not yet been identified, potential triggers for fibromyalgia include allergies to foods or chemicals, hormonal imbalances, poor digestion, stress, and neurotransmitter deficiency. Continue reading “A Beginner’s Guide to Fibromyalgia”

Could a Mineral Supplement Help Your Symptoms?

There are many painful symptoms that can arise as a result may different conditions. This makes it difficult to determine the underlying cause of your health issues or seek the right treatment. If problems like fatigue, migraines, and irritability continue to plague you, a mineral deficiency could be the root cause.

What Are Minerals

Just like vitamins, minerals play many critical roles in the maintenance of your body’s functions and growth. Minerals are elements in their simplest form, like iron, magnesium, and selenium. All nutrients in the body, including vitamins, amino acids, enzymes, proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and sugars cannot function properly without minerals. A dangerous combination of food processing and soil depletion has left much of today’s food sources lacking the minerals that the human body needs. Continue reading “Could a Mineral Supplement Help Your Symptoms?”

Why Are You Suffering From Daily Fatigue?

How often do you feel fatigued? Millions of Americans cope with chronic fatigue that leaves them feeling so tired that even simple daily tasks feel challenging.

If you can’t remember the last time that you made it through the day feeling energized and revitalized, you could be suffering from a hidden condition like anemia or lyme disease. Since fatigue is a symptom that occurs with such a range of illnesses, only an extensive blood test can identify the root of your problem.  

Signs and Symptoms of Fatigue Continue reading “Why Are You Suffering From Daily Fatigue?”

Do You Have High Blood Pressure?

High blood pressure is known as the “silent killer” for a good reason. It occurs so gradually over time that you may not even realize the impact it’s having on your body. Worse yet, high blood pressure rarely causes obvious symptoms until they are life threatening.

The best way to protect yourself from high blood pressure is to be proactive. Just one simple test is all it takes to determine your blood pressure and start making the changes needed to improve your health.

High Blood Pressure Can Occur at Any Age

You may be surprised to learn that blood pressure threatens adults of all ages, not just older men and women. In fact, one in four men and one in five women in their 30s and 40s have high blood pressure.

Experts are concerned that the increased rate of strokes among young people is directly correlated to high blood pressure that develops as a result of obesity and diabetes. Since checking your blood pressure is just as simple as taking your temperature, it’s very easy to check it regularly and remain alert for any problems. Continue reading “Do You Have High Blood Pressure?”

Signs You Might Have a Thyroid Disorder

Fatigue, chronic pain, and depression aren’t conditions themselves. They are signs that your body is experiencing a larger imbalance that is causing significant symptoms. What is the true, root cause of your ongoing discomfort and misery? You deserve to find out!

More than 25 million Americans suffer from some sort of thyroid disorder, yet only a fraction of them know that the thyroid is to blame for their symptoms. If you are experiencing health difficulties but you’re not sure why, a thyroid test could reveal the truth.

What is the Thyroid and its Disease?

You can find your thyroid at the base of your neck. It’s a small, butterfly-shaped gland that is supposed to make a very important hormone that controls how fast your body burns calories, how fast your heart beats, and more. Continue reading “Signs You Might Have a Thyroid Disorder”

A Quick Introduction to Blood Testing

What do you know about your blood? If you’re like most Americans, the answer is, “not too much”. But your blood holds all of the important information needed to evaluate your health and identify potential risk factors of future disease.

It’s simple to reveal all of this essential information. All you need to do is undergo a blood test.

A Complete Blood Count

Also known as a CBC, a complete blood count test can detect blood diseases and disorders like anemia, cancers of the blood, and immune system disorders. It tests red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, hemoglobin, and more. Red blood cells carry oxygen from your lungs to your body, white blood cells help your immune system fight disease, and platelets help blood clot, so they are all critical elements of the body to evaluate. Continue reading “A Quick Introduction to Blood Testing”

Signs You Have Contracted a Common STD

Some health problems are glaring and obvious, like a broken leg or bloody nose. Others, like some common STDs, show very few signs that they have invaded your body. While it’s easy to assume that STDs only affect people who are reckless in their decision making, the truth is that any sexually active person is at risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease. So how can you determine if you do have an STD?

Signs of Chlamydia and Gonorrhea

Chlamydia is the most common STD in America, and it can be spread through any type of sex. This means that condoms cannot prevent this disease.  The most noticeable symptoms of chlamydia include abnormal discharge that has an odor, painful periods for women, itching and burning, and abdominal pain with fever. Fortunately, chlamydia is a bacteria that can be treated easily with antibiotics. Continue reading “Signs You Have Contracted a Common STD”

An Introduction to Herpes

As one of the most visible STDs, herpes is also one of the most notorious. This long-term condition can affect the face, external genitalia, and anal region. There is no cure for herpes, but it can be effectively managed with the right treatments.

There Are Two Types of Herpes

Herpes exists in two different forms. Oral herpes, also known as HSV-1, affects more than 50 percent of people in the United States. Genital herpes, or HV-2, affects about 16 percent of people in the country. People aged 14 to 49 are more likely to have herpes.

Sexual activity makes it possible for one type of herpes to transfer and cause the other type of herpes. For example, receiving oral sex from a person with oral herpes can lead to genital herpes. Continue reading “An Introduction to Herpes”

The Differences between Hepatitis A and B

Hepatitis is a serious health condition, but it does not always make itself known through obvious symptoms. The two types of Hepatitis, A and B, have specific differences that are important to identify in order to seek proper treatment. Timely testing and medical treatment is critical to protecting your health for the future.

What Is Hepatitis?

In general, hepatitis is defined as inflammation of the liver. Some cases of hepatitis are short lived, but others develop chronically over months or years. Viruses, alcoholism, and certain medications are all linked to the development of hepatitis. Continue reading “The Differences between Hepatitis A and B”

Simple Ways to Promote Heart Health

Your heart is an organ only the size of a fist, yet it is able to pump gallons of blood every minute of every day to keep you alive. You don’t want to make the heart’s job harder, but your lifestyle habits and food choices might inadvertently place strain on your heart. Work these suggestions into your daily routine to easily and naturally promote your heart health.

Get Up and Move

You don’t need a reminder that exercising is healthy, but you may need a reminder to add extra physical activity into your day. Studies consistently show that a sedentary lifestyle is linked to heart disease and the premature aging of arteries. One study of 2,000 adults found that every hour of sitting per day equated to a 14 percent increase in coronary artery calcification, which is a sign of damaged heart arteries. Continue reading “Simple Ways to Promote Heart Health”

What You Should Know about Employee Drug Testing

It’s no secret that employers in Long Island, New York and Tampa, Florida do not want their employees under the influence of any type of drug, even outside of working hours. As a result, many transportation, safety-sensitive, and high-stakes job positions do require clean drug tests in order for employees to retain their positions and responsibilities.

Some employers only test as part of the pre-employment hiring process, while others can test for drugs and alcohol under certain circumstances. Each state holds its own laws regarding an employer’s limits on when and how drug screening can be conducted.

Employers Have Many Different Reasons to Drug Test Employees Continue reading “What You Should Know about Employee Drug Testing”

Everything You Never Knew about Anemia

Iron is a critical nutrient for you body, and too much or too little can lead to very unpleasant side effects. It’s important to understand how iron contributes to your overall wellness, as well as recognize the signs of iron deficiency. This is especially true if you are pregnant, since your developing child will demand iron as well.

The Role of Iron In the Body

Iron is an essential mineral that helps send oxygen throughout the body. This means that iron plays a vital role in hemoglobin, which is the component of red blood cells that carries oxygen from your lungs and distributes it to different areas of the body. Continue reading “Everything You Never Knew about Anemia”