Fasting required: Yes, 10 – 12 hours.
Sample Collection: 4 collections at specific times over a single day. Detailed instructions supplied.
Hormones Reported: Cortisol x 4, DHEA-S, Estradiol, Estriol, Melatonin, Estrone, Progesterone and Testosterone.
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 bodys salt and water balance. This 4 point test provides a comprehensive assessment of this hormones activity and health.
Other tests included:
Estradiol: (E2) Estradiol is the predominant form of estrogen. Estradiol imbalance can cause depression, increased body fat, decreased bone density and sexual dysfunction. In men, small amounts of estrogen are made as a by-product of testosterone conversion. It’s important that these levels remain low.
Progesterone: (P4) Progesterone regulates ovulation in females, and imbalances can cause infertility, weight gain, low sex drive and depressive symptoms. In men, progesterone can help balance the effects of estrogen.
Testosterone: (TT) Abnormally low levels of testosterone can decrease sexual performance, muscle and bone strength, and increase fatigue and depression. In males, testosterone is produced in the testicles and to a lesser degree in the adrenal glands. It helps build muscle tone, increases energy, contributes to a healthy libido, and aids in sperm production. Levels decline with age and with high stress in the body.
DHEA,s: Low DHEA-S levels will lead to reduced levels of other sex hormones and also can cause depression, loss of bone and muscle strength, and low sexual function.
Estrone: (E1) In premenopausal women, high estrone levels increase breast and endometrial cancer risk, while low levels can cause osteoporosis, fatigue, loss of libido and depression.
Estriol: (E3) Estriol is mainly produced in the placenta during pregnancy. Estriol levels indicate the health of the unborn baby.
Melatonin: Melatonin helps control your sleep and wake cycles. Melatonin also regulates pathways central to the immune response and abnormal melatonin secretion alters the immune function.
More: There is no ideal specimen type for measuring hormones since there are advantages to each, depending on clinical goals. In the case of stress hormones, the majority of circulating hormones are bound to proteins and are biologically inert. Salivary testing assesses unbound, biologically-active level of the hormone within your body.
Instructions included, and a willing help desk able to assist.