Why use this test? Slight cortisol irregularity is not considered dangerous and may be corrected with a ‘few tweaks’ to diet and exercise and/or improvements to sleep habits. It can also be a catalyst for making the changes one desires. Severe cortisol irregularity is associated with the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) also referred to as the “stress axis”¹, and should be followed up with a GP.
The Comprehensive Cortisol Test Kit is used to identify abnormal cortisol output and provides a wide-view observation of the cortisol daily pattern.
Why Saliva? Saliva is universally known as an ideal specimen type for measuring cortisol and one reason for that is the convenience. We can collect all the samples ourselves, and in a non invasive way².
Warning: Not suitable for people using prednisone/prednisolone therapy.
The Comprehensive Cortisol Test Kit Detail
Multi-point saliva cortisol test collection: x 4 samples. a) 6-8AM, b) midday, c) 4PM, d) 8PM-10PM.
Instructions provided: Yes.
Referral provided: Yes.
Fasting requirements: Fasting overnight for the first sample collection only. Advice on meal times provided upon request.
- Coloured results coded graph.
- Include personalized Summary.(by the lab)
- Include advice in cases where an irregular result is discovered. (by the lab)
Used by date: 12 months from purchase.
Laboratory: This test is performed by NutriPATH™ in Melbourne, Victoria. TestoChecker® will provide Support to ensure it all goes smoothly.
NutriPATH™ quality compliance is of a high standard, it includes:
- NATA ISO 15189 – Requirements for Quality and Competence in Medical laboratories.
- BSI ISO 13485- Quality Management for Medical Services.
Our Simple 3 Step Process:
- Purchase the test, have it delivered to your doorstep. Sent via Express Post same day Mon-Fri, <5PM AEST.
- Perform saliva collections and complete the included referral form.
- Post your sample and referral form back to the lab’ using the Express Post satchel. Tracking included.
Finally, receive your hormone test results by secure .PDF to your designated email address.
Testing The Cortisol Daily Pattern
The benefits of healthy cortisol production are numerous and can be found detailed in Posts, Pages and the FAQ on this website. An example of this is how cortisol activates our metabolic break-down processes, AKA: metabolism, making energy-rich compounds available to the body.
Research in 2018 found that people who were identified as having a high level of work-related stress had noticeably higher cortisol values at midday and in the evening. The study* compared the cortisol levels of burnout patients with those of healthy employees, and considered work related stress.
Safety: Saliva hormone testing may be useful when investigating illness but only as one investigative tool in a larger “toolbox”. If you are experiencing pain, discomfort or suspect you may have medical issues, see your GP or attend the nearest hospital for checkup.
How Stress Leads to Fatigue
Excessive demand for cortisol triggered by stress negatively impacts the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA), also referred to as the “stress axis”¹. Over time this will exhaust the adrenal glands and disrupt production of other hormones.
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Sources cited: ¹Kalman BA, Grahn RE. Measuring salivary cortisol in the behavioral neuroscience laboratory. J Undergrad Neurosci Educ. 2004 Spring;2(2):A41-9. Epub 2004 Jun 15. PMID: 23493518; PMCID: PMC3592595. ²*Study lead investigators, Helmuth Haslacher and Alexander Pilger from the Division of Medical-Chemical Laboratory Diagnostics (KILM) of MedUni Vienna and Robert Winker from the stress clinic at the Health and Prevention Center of the KFA (Health Insurance Agency) | *2012 – Salivary hormone measurement using LC/MS/MS: specific and patient-friendly tool for assessment of endocrine function. Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Tokyo University of Science, Noda, Japan. PMID: 22975487