- Test can be used for both men and women.
- Test sample can be collected at the comfort of your home
- Free delivery in the UK
- Customers are responsible for shipping their sample to the laboratory.
- Test kit includes laboratory fee: no additional laboratory cost and tax.
- Test Result: You will receive your test result via email within 3-5 working days after Laboratory receives your sample. On your test result, you will find your hormone levels in graphics and numbers. You will also find laboratory's comments made by Hormone Specialist PhD Dr In the comment section Doctor will explain your hormone levels and what to do next such as changing your diet, start exercises, using the supplement or start hormone therapy.
- Analyse Stability: The dried blood spot samples are stable for more than one month at room temperature.
- Test must be used within 12 months after purchase date.
- Click to see the Sample Test Result Report.
Test Kit Pack includes:
- Test Requisition Form includes Symptom Checklist.
- Requisition Form to complete including your personal and medical history.
- Test kit contains sample collection tools (blood spot card and finger pricks).
- Instructions on how to use the blood spot collection kit.
- Shipping Instruction.
- Return Envelope.
Main symptoms associated with an imbalance of cortisol hormone are stress, depression, mood swings and anxiety.
Following symptoms can also be related with cortisol hormone deficiency: 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.
What is Cortisol?
Cortisol is a steroid and a stress hormone. Production of cortisol is stimulated when stress is triggered.
Cortisol plays an important role in the different metabolic processes in the body. Through its increased distribution in stress situations, it is able to provide energy by consuming sugar, fat and protein reserves. By immune processes, cortisol also helps with its anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic effect, and has an important function in maintaining the health of the body.
Excessively High Cortisol Levels
It is well known that chronic stress is unhealthy – and stress is, in turn, the most important 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 the well-being: Cortisol is vital. Apart from the provision of energy reserves, it also plays a role in cardiovascular health, gastrointestinal health, the immune system and brain functions. Chronically low cortisol levels should, therefore, be treated medically. A low cortisol level can also be an indicator for 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 be the cause for a low cortisol level, as the hormone ACTH is distributed there, which gives the adrenal cortex the impulse to distribute cortisol.
It is advisable to have your cortisol levels tested, especially if you are quickly exhausted and suffer from fatigue, but also if you are generally experiencing unexplained health problems.
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 continues 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 over time the cortisol levels fall below the standard levels. If you are suffering from burnout, it is necessary that you talk to your doctor.
However, both too low and too high levels can cause unpleasant symptoms. To avoid this, it is recommended to check your cortisol level regularly.
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