The Adrenal Hormone Profile Saliva Test
- The Adrenal Hormone Profile is a non-invasive saliva test which monitors the levels of the stress hormones, Cortisol and DHEA-S, over the course of a day.
- This is an important test to determine adrenal function in patients presenting with symptoms such as anxiety, depression, mood swings, insomnia, headaches, low energy, stress, hormonal imbalance, poor immune function, fatigue and dysglycaemia.
- Altered levels of Cortisol and DHEA-S are indicative of acute and/or chronic mental and/or physical stress.
- Prolonged stress causes increased secretion of Cortisol and can eventually lead to hypertrophy of the adrenal cortex, adrenal exhaustion and immune suppression.
- DHEA-S is the main androgen in both men and women and its levels decline with age.
- Reduced levels of DHEA-S may result in fatigue, poor immune function, weight gain, increased ageing, memory loss and poor concentration.
- Most potent glucocorticoid produced by adrenal glands
- Produce 30mg daily up to 200mg in periods of stress
- Affects immune function, glucose counter – regulation, vascular tone, bone metabolism, CHO / protein / fat metabolism
- Diurnal rhythm – peak early am and drop at night
- Declines in periods of stress
- Men produce 30mg daily women 20mg
- Decline in DHEA will result in abnormal oestrogen / testosterone / progesterone
- DHEA declines with age and is associated with osteoporosis, CVD, autoimmunity, diabetes, thyroid disease, Alzheimer's, breast cancer