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Cortisol is a steroid hormone found in the glucocorticoid class of hormones. Produced within the adrenal gland, cortisol is often referred to as the "stress" hormone because it is released in response to stress and low blood-glucose. Cortisol increases blood sugar through a process called gluconeogenesis, that suppresses the immune system and help metabolises fat, protein, and carbohydrates. It also decreases bone formation.
Under stressful conditions, cortisol provides the body with glucose by tapping into protein stores through gluconeogenesis in the liver. This energy helps you engage the fight or flee response to a stressful condition. However, elevated cortisol levels over long periods of time cause the body to consistently produce glucose, leading to increased blood sugar levels. Elevated cortisol levels interfere with learning and memory, lower immune function and bone density, increase weight gain, blood pressure, cholesterol, heart disease and more.
Chronic stress and resulting elevated cortisol levels also increase your risk for depression, mental illness, and lower your life expectancy.
Your saliva samples will test: AM Cortisol (C) levels.
You may want to consider this test if you suffer from:
- Memory issues
- Stomach ulcers
- High blood pressure
- Increased levels of cholesterol
- Weight gain/loss
- Alcohol cravings
- Insulin resistance
- Heart disease
- Frequent illnesses
- Stress intolerance
- Chronic fatigue
- Cold intolerance
- Changes in blood sugar levels
- Aches and pains
- Prolonged illnesses
- Common colds
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Everything you need to collect your sample and return it to the lab is included in the test kit you will receive.
You can review these illustrated Collection Instructions now or wait to receive them in your package.
Your test results will be returned to us within 5 to 7 business days from the date the lab receives your sample. Once we know that your results are available, we will send you an email so that you can login and review them.
NOTE: Per state laws, if you live in California, you will need to email us a prescription from a medical practitioner (could be a physician, physician's assistant, naturopath etc.) in order for us to process your order and send you your test. New York residents may not receive tests per state laws. Having your tests shipped to you outside of California or New York may be the best way to go. (The Air Quality tests and Pet tests do NOT need a prescription and can be sent anywhere needed.)
Because the test kits include postage-paid return shipping, there is an extra shipping charge of $10.00 that will be added to your test order.
Cortisol is termed the stress hormone because it is produced at higher levels during the body's fight or flight response to stress. Cortisol is also involved in a number of other bodily functions, such as regulation of blood pressure, inflammatory response, and proper glucose metabolism. Abnormal levels of Cortisol in the bloodstream are associated with a number of negative effects, including suppressed thyroid function, decreased bone density and muscle tissue, increased abdominal fat, impaired cognitive functions and higher blood pressure, and abnormal sleep patterns.
This Saliva Cortisol Home Test will help you discover whether or not your Cortisol levels are within the expected optimal range depending on your age and sex.
This test is appropriate for individuals under stress with multiple symptoms of Adrenal imbalance, including immune dysfunction, fatigue, allergies and sleep disturbances.
Please note that because return postage is included with this test kit, there is an extra shipping charge of $10 for kits shipped in the USA. The extra shipping charges for kits shipped outside the USA will vary according to cost/location. (This extra charge is NOT added to the Canine Health Check Test Kit or Any of the Air Quality Test Kits.
There are no additional lab or postage fees required after test purchase.
This is a safe, easy to use home saliva test for men and women of any age. (This test is also available with blood spot collection.)