Adrenal Stress Test

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All About the Adrenal Stress Test

The Adrenal Stress Index is an easy to use home salivary test which evaluates adrenal function and fluctuations in the circadian rhythm.

The test checks levels of cortisol and DHEA, the two steroid hormones that assist the body to manage stress. These hormones also have an influence on metabolism, thyroid function plus female and male hormones.

Imbalances in these hormones can result in a wide range of symptoms from  low energy and exhaustion to loss of drive and motivation, depression and hormonal problems.

Possible symptoms of stress

As we are all individual we can respond to stress very differently from the next person.

  • Low energy / fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Loss of libido
  • Loss of motivation and drive
  • Irregular menstrual cycle
  • Infertility
  • PMS
  • Menopause / hot flushes
  • Cravings
  • Weight gain
  • Weight loss
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Nervousness and / or irritability
  • Digestive disturbances (diarrhoea, constipation, bloating, stomach aches/ pains)
  • Abdominal obesity
  • Inexplicable hunger
  • Increased number of minor infections, and viruses (e.g. thrush, cystitis, colds, flu)
  • Poor concentration and memory
  • Headaches
  • Increased sensitivities to food, alcohol intolerance
  • Skin problems (eczema, psoriasis)
  • Loss of skin elasticity

What is adrenal stress?

Two small glands, known as the adrenal glands sit on top of the kidneys and help us deal with life’s stresses by releasing the hormones, cortisol and DHEA. These hormones are not released constantly throughout the day. Instead they are secreted in a cycle called the circadian rhythm (sleep/wake cycle), with the highest levels being secreted in the morning and the lowest at night.

Sometimes in periods of long-term or severe mental or physical stress these glands can go into overdrive. If this occurs for too long or too often then the adrenals later become exhausted. When this happens, the hormonal levels of Cortisol, DHEA in the blood stream become imbalanced.

Having balanced stress hormones is particularly important because they

  • Maintain emotional and physical energy
  • Strengthen the immune system against colds, coughs, flu and possibly more serious illness
  • Improve metabolism, help reduce fat storage, and control appetite
  • Slow down the aging process, decrease PMS and menstrual difficulties
  • Aid dietary protein synthesis – helping mood
  • Prevent osteoporosis
  • Maintain healthy blood pressure levels
  • Lower LDL ‘bad’ cholesterol levels

What causes stress

Factors that may contribute to stress include, negative dietary and lifestyle habits, (including over-consumption of stimulants such as sugar and caffeine), excessive exercise, injury, bereavement, marriage, divorce, debt, attitudes such as perfectionism, obsessive – compulsive behaviours, shyness, insecurity and also  isolation and loneliness and of course just every day life can be a source of stress.

What is being measured

The adrenals are responsible for the secretion of the body’s major stress hormones, cortisol and DHEA and this is what is measured. Please note that the reference ranges used in the report for the Adrenal Stress and Comprehensive Adrenal Stress test have recently been changed by Genova Diagnostics. The DHEA report is now carried out on one morning saliva sample only and not on two samples as previously reported.

 

Recent test updates

Genova have recently updated their test and Thyroid UK and other groups have expressed disappointment at this. After contacting the lab to discuss reinstating the second DHEA sample and the changes I received the following response.

Our reference ranges for the Adrenal Stress Profile and Comprehensive Adrenal Stress profile have recently been updated due to a change in the assay manufacturer. Due to a required change in the assay protocol of our prior vendor’s salivary cortisol kit, we now measure salivary cortisol using Salimetrics Salivary Cortisol Enzyme Immunoassay Kit (EIA). As there is minimal variation in DHEA levels throughout the day, the updated reference ranges do not include a 2nd DHEA sample.

I have tried hard to find an alternative that offers two DHEA samples but all the labs I have contacted to date can only offer a single average result made up two samples mixed together.

I do use the test in my clinic and still find it clinically relevant but if you know of a lab other than Genova that you would like us to use please do get in touch as we will be happy to help.

Comprehensive Adrenal Stress Test.

This test also measures levels of Secretory IgA an important marker for immune function and helps to show how stress may be impacting on immune function.

Specimen requirements

The test simply requires 4 saliva samples collected at 4 intervals throughout the day.

No steroid medication including hormones, inhalers and creams are to be taken or used for 48 hours before the test unless you are wanting to monitor the medication. Long term use of steroid medication or creams may influence the results Please check with your health provider that this is ok for you before stopping any medication.

Before Taking this Test

Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine (on day of test)

Do not eat, brush or floss teeth, use mouthwash, or chew gum (1 hour before) you take each sample

Wash your hands before collection

See instructions inside test kit for details

Turnaround time

Adrenal Stress Test – 16 working days

Please note that the reference ranges used in the report for the Adrenal Stress and Comprehensive Adrenal Stress test have recently been changed by Genova Diagnostics. The DHEA report is now carried out on one morning saliva sample only and not on two samples as previously reported.

PLEASE NOTE THESE NEW TURNAROUND TIMES – THE LAB HAVE RECENTLY EXTENDED THEM SO RESULTS MAY TAKE LONGER THAN YOU ORIGINALLY THOUGHT IF YOU ARE WAITING FOR RESULTS.

IF YOU HAVEN’T RECEIVED YOUR RESULTS WITHIN THIS TIME FRAME PLEASE DO CHECK YOU JUNK MAIL FOLDER AS THEY MAY HAVE ENDED UP IN HERE.

IF YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEMS RECEIVING YOU RESULTS PLEASE DO GET IN TOUCH.  01273775480 OR emma@smartnutriton.co.uk.

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Comprehensive Adrenal Stress Test

It is possible to upgrade this test to the comprehensive adrenal stress profile which measures both of the above but in addition it measures something called secretory IgA. This is a helpful marker when looking to see how much stress is affecting the the balance of the adrenals hormones and their affect on the immune system.

Turnaround time

16 working days days

PLEASE NOTE THESE NEW TURNAROUND TIMES – THE LAB HAVE RECENTLY EXTENDED THEM SO RESULTS MAY TAKE LONGER THAN YOU ORIGINALLY THOUGHT IF YOU ARE WAITING FOR RESULTS.

IF YOU HAVEN’T RECEIVED YOUR RESULTS WITHIN THIS TIME FRAME PLEASE DO CHECK YOU JUNK MAIL FOLDER AS THEY MAY HAVE ENDED UP IN HERE.

IF YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEMS RECEIVING YOU RESULTS PLEASE DO GET IN TOUCH.  01273775480 OR emma@smartnutriton.co.uk.

Buy Comprehensive Adrenal Stress Test UK & Europe GEND02

Price: £107.00
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