Adrenal Function Testing

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Adrenal Function Testing is not Routinely Screened

If your adrenal function is tested, the test is trying to establish if you have extremely high levels of the “stress” hormone cortisol (as seen in Addison’s Disease) or extremely low levels of cortisol (as seen in Cushing’s Syndrome), however, if your levels are sub-optimal it is unfortunately not considered important.

How does the test work?

DHEA (or dihydroepialdosterone) is a master hormone produced from cholesterol in your adrenal glands. Besides being essential for adrenal function, DHEA is also needed for sex hormone production and immune function. It is also known that low levels of DHEA are associated with premature aging. DHEA-S is the storage form of DHEA in the body and is therefore a more accurate measure of body DHEA levels.

Cortisol is also produced in the adrenal glands from cholesterol and is needed for stress adaption, immune function, blood sugar regulation, vascular tone and bone metabolism. Under acute times of stress, cortisol levels can increase significantly and can also remain elevated at night time, thereby affecting sleep. Furthermore, if our stress doesn’t go away and becomes long-term chronic stress, our adrenal glands cannot keep up and function can begin to decline.

Find out more about Adrenal and Thyroid Function

Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue include:

  • Fatigue
  • Long-term stress, anxiety or depression
  • Frequent illnesses or infections
  • Severe menopausal symptoms
  • Loss of muscle tone and premature aging
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Sleep maintenance insomnia
  • Weight gain
  • Infertility
  • Thyroid issues

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