Each client will undergo comprehensive laboratory testing, body composition and bone density testing, strength and fitness evaluations, stress and VO2 max testing, nutritional counseling, and a doctor consultation. These are the first steps in determining your hormone levels as well as your current health and wellness. Lab testing is provided in our clinic. Diamond Hormone Replacement Therapy runs an advanced blood panel to get an accurate description of your health.
Our testing and evaluation stage provides valuable information. However, age management medicine looks at your testing and evaluation stage differently than traditional medicine. We want your levels in the optimal range, the levels you had while in your late 20's and early 30's.
Below you will find what we test for and how we test.
The testing enables our staff to customize a health and wellness plan exclusively for you.
- CMP Comprehensive Metabolic Panel
- Comprehensive Lipid panel
- Cardiac Dysfunction
- Vascular Inflammation
- Lipoprotein Particles
- Vitamin D
- Reverse T3
- Vitamin B12
- Sterol Absorption Markers
- Hormone Panel
- Glycemic Control Markers
- Insulin Resistance Markers
- Beta Cell Functions
- HSH Binding
- Testosterone Total and Free
- Liver Functions
- Renal Functions
- Omega 3 Omega 6 Ratios
Each person will be given a comprehensive questionnaire on diet, lifestyle, and family history. Each questionnaire is geared toward answering questions about stress, diet, and activity level. This will allow our medical staff to better understand what you are striving to achieve and how we can best help you in your future. When you begin your individualized program at DiamondHRT your new YOU is guaranteed. This is our promise to you!
Bone Densitometry or dual-emission X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) is today's standard for the accurate measurement of bone mineral density and complete body composition. DEXA utilizes a small dose of X-ray beams to provide a total body composition of different tissue boundaries reflecting fat-muscle and muscle-bone ratios, and bone mass measurement. By taking measurements at multiple points on the body, the DEXA scan allows us to evaluate an accurate reflection of excess and essential adipose tissue to evaluate your total body fat percentage. DEXA testing is effective and recommended for the early detection and treatment of age and lifestyle related bone loss conditions such as osteoporosis, hyperthyroidism, hyperparathyroidism, diabetes, and liver or kidney disease, for example. DEXA Scan may sound intimidating, but it is as easy as laying down and closing your eyes for 2 minutes.
VO2 max, or maximal oxygen uptake, is one factor that can determine a person's capacity to perform sustained exercise. VO2 max refers to the maximum amount of oxygen that an individual can utilize during intense or maximal exercise. It is measured as "milliliters of oxygen used in one minute per kilogram of body weight." This measurement is generally considered the best indicator of a person's cardiovascular fitness and aerobic endurance. Theoretically, the more oxygen you can deliver to working muscles, the more work you can perform. This is often the case with elite endurance athletes who typically have very high VO2 max values.
How Is VO2 Max Measured?
Measuring VO2 max accurately requires an all-out effort (usually on a treadmill or bicycle) performed under a strict protocol in a sports performance lab. These protocols involve specific increases in the speed and intensity of the exercise and collection and measurement of the volume and oxygen concentration of inhaled and exhaled air. This determines how much oxygen the athlete is using. A person's oxygen consumption rises in conjunction with exercise intensity to meet the work output. There is a point at which oxygen consumption begins to plateau even if the exercise intensity increases. This plateau marks the V02 max. From here, it's not long before the body's inability to deliver enough oxygen to working muscles to meet the demand and intensity as well as buffer exercise byproducts begins to force the person to stop exercising. The test typically takes between 10 and 15 minutes and requires a person to be completely rested and motivated to endure the labored breathing long enough to find the true VO2 max. VO2 max can also be estimated. There are a variety of protocols used to estimate VO2 max one of which is the Bruce Treadmill Test.
Strength tests can be maximal or predictive. Maximal tests require that you lift progressively heavier weights until you are unable to proceed further-the weight preceding the point at which you failed being your 1RM. Predictive tests estimate your 1RM based on your performance with a lighter weight. Common strength tests include the bench press, deadlift, and squat, although almost any exercise, such as the leg extension machine, can be adapted to strength testing.