Bone Health Panel

Aging is inevitable, and bone reflects the aging process by exhibiting gradual loss of mass. In susceptible individuals, this can cause osteoporosis. Hormonal balance, nutrition, lifestyle and genetics are all contributing factors to bone metabolism. This panel provides measurements of six key hormones in saliva:  Progesterone, Estradiol, Testosterone, Cortisol, FSH and DHEA/DHEA-S.  The bone marker DPD is measured in urine, and the hormones are measured in saliva.

This panel can help determine your risk for osteoporosis.  Your risk increases with: 

  • Age
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Previous fracture
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Family history of osteoporosis or hip fracture
  • Long-term glucocorticoid or steroid therapy
  • Low body weight
  • Onset of menopause

It is also important to be screened for osteoporosis if you have:

  • Diabetes (Type 1 or 2)
  • Thyroid disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Celiac disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Dementia
  • Low vitamin D levels
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Premature ovarian failure or amenorrhea
  • History of an eating disorder