Adrenal Stress Panel
The Adrenal Stress Panel measures your response to stress. Chronic stress can wreak havoc on your body. It disrupts your metabolism and can contribute to neurological conditions, GI issues, and hormone imbalance. Not to mention weight gain. Stress interferes with your sleep-wake cycle.
Cortisol is a hormone released during stress and DHEA is released to d-stress. Increased cortisol:DHEA ratio reflects a state of “emergency” versus a state of “repair and relax.” Assessing the balance and ratio of these two hormones provides insight into how the body is handling and responding to stress. Evaluating your cortisol:DHEA ratio can help identify changes in hormone patterns as a response to stress. From the results you will be able to integrate intervention techniques via diet and lifestyle changes.
Why You Should Test
If you have experienced prolonged stress or chronic metabolic dysfunction. Test results may suggest that you are actively under stress or that a prolonged stress response has progressed into a dysfunctional hormonal pattern. Persistent stress can lead imbalanced of cortisol. When it should be higher in the morning to provide energy it may be higher in the evening.
Adrenal hormone imbalances
- Neurological conditions
- Metabolic disorders
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Skin disorders
Do not drink alcohol on the day you collect your samples. Do not smoke or use tobacco, drink anything, or brush your teeth 30 minutes before you collect a sample. Do not consume dairy products, acidic or sugary foods within 30 minutes before you collect a sample. Do not eat a meal within 60 minutes before collecting #3 and #4 samples.
Description: Saliva testing for DHEA and diurnal cortisol levels at 4 time points during the day is a comprehensive test that can assess full adrenal function.
By reviewing test results, your healthcare provider can:
* Identify adrenal imbalances caused by too much or too little hormone
* Match tested hormone levels with your symptoms to help individualize a treatment plan
* Retest to monitor and adjust treatment as needed
* Track progress with follow-up test reports
Result turnaround times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.
The Saliva Test Kit Is Shipped To You And Includes:
- 4 Cortisol tubes
- Fasting Required: No
- Specimen: 4 timed saliva samples; upon wakening, Noon, 4 pm, and at bedtime.
- Results: 5-7 business days