Cortisol (C) Test

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The cortisol (C) Test is designed to assess the Cortisol hormone level accurately, and it can show if the level is within the expected optimal range depending on age and sex. 

Test Result: You will receive your test result 3-5 working days after the laboratory receives your sample. You will see your hormone levels in graphics and numbers on your test result. You will also see laboratory comments by Hormone Specialist PhD Dr in the comments: you will find Dr analysis of your hormone levels and what to do next.

  • Collect samples from the comfort of your home and post them to our lab.
  • The test must be used within 12 months after the purchase date.
  • The test kit includes a laboratory fee: no additional laboratory cost and tax.
  • Customers are responsible for shipping their samples to the laboratory.

Cortisol is a steroid and a stress hormone. The production of cortisol is stimulated when stress is triggered. Furthermore, Cortisol plays an essential role in the different metabolic processes in the body. Its increased distribution in stress situations can provide energy by consuming sugar, fat, and protein reserves. In addition, through immune processes, cortisol also helps with its anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic effects and has an essential function in maintaining the health of the body. 

It is advisable to have your cortisol levels tested, especially if you are quickly exhausted and suffer from fatigue and generally experiencing unexplained health problems Or the following symptoms below.

Cortisol Symptoms

  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Mood swings and anxiety 
  • Exhaustion
  • Lack of strength
  • Tiredness
  • Decreased stress resistance
  • Irritability
  • Nervousness
  • Depressive moods
  • Memory issues
  • Fatigue
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Digestive problems
  • Inflammation
  • Cravings for sweet and salty foods
  • Alcohol cravings
  • Insulin resistance
  • High blood pressure
  • Weight gain or weight loss
  • Underweight
  • Body aches and pains
  • Low blood pressure and dizziness

Excessively High Cortisol Levels

It is well known that chronic stress is unhealthy – and stress is, in turn, the most critical impulse that causes an increase in the distribution of cortisol. If the cortisol levels are too high, symptoms can include:

  • Immunodeficiencies
  • Depression
  • Physical exhaustion
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity and sleeping disorders

Excessively high cortisol levels can indeed cause unpleasant symptoms.

Excessively Low Cortisol Levels

Just the same, excessively low cortisol levels can interfere with well-being: Cortisol is vital. Apart from the provision of energy reserves, it also plays a role in:

  • Cardiovascular health
  • Gastrointestinal health
  • Immune system
  • brain functions

Chronically low cortisol levels should, therefore, be treated medically. A low cortisol level can also indicate an infection in the adrenal cortex, a deficiency of the adrenal glands or adrenal fatigue, as it is produced in that area. Dysfunction of the pituitary gland can also cause a low cortisol level, as the hormone ACTH is distributed there, which gives the adrenal cortex the impulse to distribute cortisol.

Cortisol and Burnout

Burnout describes the condition of prolonged, emotional exhaustion as a reaction to chronic stress – people who are affected feel "burnt out". In today's performance-orientated society, burnout is no longer a rarity. Everyday work can, for some people, ensure continuous stress, which, in the beginning, leads to an intensive phase of cortisol distribution. However, if this phase drags on, chronic stress can lead to the exhaustion of the adrenal cortex, causing it to produce less cortisol – leading to a cortisol deficiency. At first, only the morning cortisol levels are reduced, but the cortisol levels fall below the standard levels over time. If you are suffering from burnout, you must talk to your doctor.

However, both too low and too high cortisol levels can cause unpleasant symptoms. For avoiding this, it is recommended to check your cortisol level regularly. 

How does the test carried out?

This blood spot-based testing tool can be done in the privacy of your home. A simple step of collecting your blood spot for the test is required. Once you provide a blood spot, you need to seal the sample and send it off to us. Your test result report will be emailed to you between 3 and 5 working days after the laboratory receives your sample.

How to Use 

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