About This Test:
Sample collection: x 4 saliva samples to be provided over a single day at morning, noon, evening and night.
Test time is currently GOOD.
Fasting requirements: Fasting overnight for the first sample collection only.
Warning: Not suitable for people using prednisone/prednisolone therapy.
Why use this test?
This test is used to identify abnormal cortisol output and provides a comprehensive assessment of the cortisol daily pattern. Results provided in both Chart and Graph form.
Cortisol is great when it is working for us but not so great when it isn’t. Healthy cortisol assists with our busy daily lifestyle and also when confronting stressful situations, which we all face from time to time. Issues arise when it malfunctions, which can be over or under production, or where levels are elevated at the time we are attempting to sleep.
- Purchase test, have it delivered to your doorstep. Tracking number available on request. Now sent via Express Post 7 days a week.
- Perform simple saliva sample collection and complete the included referral form.
- Post your sample and referral form back to the lab’ using the Express Post satchel. Tracking included.
- Receive your hormone test results by secure .PDF to your designated email address.
This test is performed by NutriPATH®.
Used by date: 24 months from purchase.
Questions and Answers
Cortisol is the body’s primary stress hormone. When the brain stimulates its release in response to physical or emotional stress, the adrenal glands secrete cortisol into the general circulation. Cortisol helps the body regulate blood sugar levels, blood pressure, inflammation, the immune system, memory formulation. It also has a controlling effect on the body’s salt and water balance. In women, cortisol also supports the developing fetus during pregnancy.
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This test includes 4 sample collections, each of them requiring 5mil of saliva. Your collection vial/tube has indicators clearly marked to prevent any confusion. Included in the instructions are tips on producing saliva. These tips can also be found in the Q&A on this website.
Generally speaking, hormone testing is fine to do when using medicines but there are exceptions. Any supplements used to mimic the effects of hormones, and any steroid based treatment will affect the results. HRT treatment will obviously affect (some) test results and it is this effect people look to measure. New medicines, or brands of old ones, become available every day, and there is no conclusive list of medicines which interfere with any kind of human sample analysis.
The laboratory will not compromise themselves by testing saliva that is past its used by (too viscous). Their only concern is the accuracy of the results and the integrity of the laboratory. So when a sample turns up that has been delayed by Australia Post, and it isn't fit for testing, they have no hesitation in rejecting it, and we start the process over (at no cost to you).
More: The official position of saliva travel time is that saliva samples are good for (up to) 12 days, Despite the guidelines, each sample is assessed for suitability upon arrival prior to testing.
Heat, cold, infection, trauma, stress, exercise, obesity, and debilitating disease can influence cortisol levels. The hormone is secreted in a daily pattern and it this pattern that is measured with the Comprehensive Cortisol Test.
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