The Adrenal Stress test measures cortisol and DHEA levels in order to quantify adrenal function and detect general stress levels.
Cortisol is a steroid hormone that increases blood sugar and is released in response to stress. Cortisol levels are sampled 4 times throughout the day, offering a diurnal collection that reflects the circadian rhythm of cortisol. These readings are helpful for assessing intermittent fatigue or sleep irregularities. Multiple cortisol readings throughout one day are considered more helpful than a single morning collection when evaluating cortisol and adrenal status.
DHEA is an important endogenous steroid hormone that plays a role in stress response and immune function. The measured DHEA-S is a product of DHEA metabolism. DHEA-S production initiates at adrenarche (early sexual maturation) just prior to puberty, peaks at adolescence, and declines with age. Lower levels may signal adrenal dysfunction from those who experience chronic stress.
Stress, adrenal function, cortisol and DHEA-S levels.
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