What are Adrenal Gland Tests?
To test your adrenals, you have the option of doing an Adrenal Stress Profile. This test analyzes 4 saliva samples that you collect over a 12-hour period for 4 cortisol levels and one DHEAs level. It helps us to see the pattern of your adrenal function throughout the day. You can also test blood levels of cortisol, total testosterone and DHEAs to measure adrenal gland function.
Signs You Need This Test
The following are signs that you may benefit from an adrenal gland test:
- Low energy or fatigue
- Difficulty getting out of bed in the morning
- Signs of thyroid problems like the inability to lose weight, feeling cold, and lethargic despite normal thyroid blood tests
- Hair loss
- Excessive stress or long term stress whether work or personal life
- Hormone Imbalance
- Autoimmune disorders
- Low blood pressure
What the Adrenal Test Tells Us:
- How well your adrenal glands are helping you cope with stress
- How well your HPA axis is working to direct your adrenal glands
- How heavy the demands are that you are placing on your adrenals
- If you have enough cortisol and/or DHEAs
- If adrenals are working normally and consistently throughout the day, if not what time of day do adrenals need support
- If adrenals need support, specifically what kind of support i.e. cortisol lowering? cortisol enhancing? DHEAs enhancing?
Imbalances in cortisol and DHEAs are associated with ailments ranging from infertility, hormone imbalances, obesity, fibromyalgia, fatigue and chronic fatigue syndrome, immune deficiency, autoimmune disease and increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
If you are interested in this or any other testing, book an appointment with one of our naturopaths.