Adrenal Fatigue Stress Test | Europe
What is Cortisol?
Cortisol is a hormone that is produced by glands on-top of the kidneys called adrenal glands. Cortisol has many important functions including stabilizing blood sugar in times of fasting (e.g. overnight while sleeping). Cortisol also helps process fats, carbohydrates, and proteins. Since cortisol is considered a steroid, it also suppresses the immune system.
Cortisol is also called a “stress” hormone because it is released when one is under stress. Prolonged stress responses are one of the main promoters of ill health in our global society. Some studies even show that elevated cortisol due to stress can lead to degeneration of a part of the brain called the hypocampus1 (responsible for memory).
Why Order the Adrenal Fatigue Test?
Even though they are many serious medical conditions associated with extremely high or low cortisol, most people are concerned about how cortisol levels can affect their overall health and function.
Cortisol should be high in the morning and low at night. Disruptions of this cycle, for any reason, can promote ill health. This cortisol test shows you how resilient your physiology is to stress. You can also use this test to monitor cortisol levels as your doctor helps you make lifestyle changes. Ordering this test online saves you time and money since you can run the test before your next doctor’s appointment.
What’s being tested:
- Cortisol (4 saliva samples throughout the day)
- Total DHEA (1 sample)
Fasting: See test kit instructions
Turnaround Time: 10-14 Business Days
- This test cannot be collected in NY, NJ, MA, and RI. Contact us with questions.