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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: Cortisol (Cx4) levels at four times during the day.
You may want to consider this test if you suffer from:
- Immune Dysfunction
- Chronic Fatigue and/or multiple symptoms of Adrenal Imbalance
- Weight gain
- Memory loss
- Low libido
- Sleep problems
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.
This Full Diurnal Cortisol (Cx4) Profile home test measures your Cortisol levels at four times during the day (morning, noon, evening and night).
Please note that because return postage is included with this test kit, there is an extra shipping charge of $10. (This extra charge is NOT added to the Canine Health Check Test Kit or Any of the Air Quality Test Kits.
Everything you need to collect your sample and return it to the lab is included. You should receive your results approximately 5 to 7 business days after the lab has received your sample. 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.