Cortisol is termed as the stress hormone because it is produced at higher levels during the body's fight or flight response to stress. But aside from this, Cortisol is also involved in other bodily functions, such as regulation of blood pressure, inflammatory response, and proper glucose metabolism. Abnormal levels of Cortisol in the bloodstream are associated with some negative effects, including suppressed thyroid function, decreased bone density and muscle tissue, increased abdominal fat, impaired cognitive functions and higher blood pressure, to name a few.
If you are experiencing any of the following signs and symptoms, measuring your Cortisol levels may assist you and your physician in making accurate and conclusive diagnosis. This saliva Cortisol testing service helps you determine whether or not your Cortisol levels are within the expected optimal range depending on your age and sex. It may prove very helpful to you and your physician in knowing if any observed complications are in any way associated with the variations in your Cortisol levels. It is particularly useful if you have been under a lot of stress lately.
This method of testing involves the collection of your saliva and is a very easy, convenient and accurate means of determining your AM Cortisol levels. There are no needles involved like what you must endure when you travel to a laboratory and have your blood drawn in a conventional test. You simply collect the samples in the privacy of your own home – saving you time and money and rids you off the inconvenience of having to make an appointment and drive back and forth to the lab.
Common Signs & Symptoms that may be associated with AM-Cortisol variation in both Males and Females:
- Memory issues
- Stomach ulcers
- High blood pressure
- Increased levels of cholesterol
- Weight gain/loss
- Alcohol cravings
- Insulin resistance
- Heart disease
- Frequent illnesses
- Stress intolerance
- Chronic Fatigue
- Cold intolerance
- Changes in blood sugar levels
- Aches and pains
- Prolonged illnesses
- Common colds
- Rheumatoid arthritis
If you need to you can use CPT Code 82530 for billing purposes
*Most of these signs and symptoms are multigenic as well as multifactorial and may be associated with genetic, epigenetic, dietary and environmental factors and mediated by variation in certain hormones. A careful interpretation of results by your physician is suggested. Any form of self-therapy without consulting a licensed physician is highly discouraged.
Each service includes:
- Symptom Checklist on Test Requisition Form
- Requisition Form to complete including your personal and medical history
- Pre-paid, Pre-addressed Return Packaging
- Vial(s) for collecting saliva
- Instructions for How to Use Saliva Collection Kit
*Residents of CA, MD, NY States require the testing to be ordered by a licensed healthcare provider in your state. Please include a prescription for testing when sending in your sample.