Adrenal Stress Test and Panel
90-95% of patients have some degree of adrenal dysfunction. We can't live without adrenals and we can't live very well when the adrenals are depleted. Adrenal fatigue is adrenal depletion.
The adrenal glands secrete hormones such as cortisol, estrogen, and testosterone that are essential to health and vitality and significantly affect total body function. After mid-life, the adrenal glands gradually become the major endogenous source of sex hormones in both men and women. Intense or prolonged physical or emotional stress commonly associated with modern lifestyles or chronic illness can lead to adrenal fatigue, which is an important contributing factor in health conditions ranging from obesity to allergies.
Common symptoms associated with adrenal fatigue are:
- mild depression
- decreased ability to handle stress
- "everything takes effort"
- muscular weakness
- decreased libido
- swollen ankles, worse in PM
- syncope or lightheadedness when rising rapidly
- chronic fatigue
- frequent sighing
- immune dysfunction especially some allergic reactions
- craves for salt and salty foods
- mostly abdominal weight
- 80% of patients with adrenal dysfunction have thyroid dysfunction and vice versa
- tired all day or some increase in energy as the day progresses
- can't lose weight with diet and exercise
Anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant adrenal hormones like cortisol help to minimize allergic and other negative reactions, such as auto-immune disorders. These hormones closely affect the utilization of carbohydrates and fats, the conversion of proteins and fats into energy, and gastrointestinal and cardiovascular function. Proper adrenal support is essential to complete the hormonal pathway to optimal health, and includes getting plenty of sleep, proper nutrition, stress management, regular moderate exercise, slowing down to regain proper perspective on life, and replacement of deficient hormones.
Adrenal insufficiency is very common in patients with chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia syndromes and is often the cause of a serious fatigue. Sophisticated test are required for accurate diagnosis. Proper supplementation can often have profound positive effects. However if only the adrenal deficiency is treated without addressing deficiencies of other hormones, results will be disappointing. And, if poor adrenal function is undiagnosed, it can mean the difference between treatment success and failure.
People in today's society tend to lead hectic, unbalanced lifestyles. Commonly, individuals experience continuous stress, not only from emotional stressors (e.g. marital, financial, and occupational) but also from physical stressors (e.g. sleep deprivation, caffeine consumption, pain, extreme exercise) without adequate recovery. Chronic exposure to these stressors often causes elevations in adrenal hormone levels, leading to disorders ranging from anxiety to infertility. While many individuals are able to cope, the adrenal glands may over time, start to have an impaired response to stressors, which in turn reduces adrenal hormone output. The resulting adrenal insufficiency, also known as adrenal burnout or adrenal fatigue, may present with a constellation of symptoms from chronic fatigue to allergies. While everyone is potentially at risk, the problem is more prevalent in people with high stress professions (e.g. medical professionals, police officers, executives and teachers).
Symptoms of adrenal fatigue:
- morning and/or evening fatigue
- poor recovery from exercise
- chemical sensitivity
- "burned out" feeling
- depressed mood
- lower attention span
The adrenal stress profile is a powerful and precise noninvasive salivary test assay that evaluates bioactive levels of the body's important stress hormones, like cortisol and DHEA. This profile serves as a critical tool for uncovering biochemical imbalances underlying anxiety, depression, allergies, menstrual problems, arthritis, chronic fatigue, obesity, dysglycemia, and host of other clinical conditions.