The Adrenal stress test checks levels of cortisol and DHEA, which are the two steroid hormones that assist the body to manage stress.
Adrenal Stress Test
Cortisol is one of our major stress hormones. This key hormone has an influence on various other systems in our body, including metabolism, immune function, thyroid function and sex hormones. Overproduction of cortisol will contribute to accelerated cell ageing in our skin and entire body.
Our adrenal glands produce cortisol, which naturally rises and falls in a daily pattern. On top of this daily pattern there are the more erratic fluctuations caused by stress. Cortisol levels are one of the most reliable indicators of how well your body and skin are dealing with stress.
In addition to this cortisol test, we also offer a telomere test in clinic (this is a simple blood test), which determines your ‘biological age’ or true cell age – phone our reception on 020 7467 8500 to arrange your appointment for this test.
This test requires no blood sample, but only 4 saliva samples, collected at 4 intervals throughout the day. It simply involves spitting into a test tube at four times throughout the day. Cortisol levels are measured in the morning, at noon, in the early evening and late night. You carry the test tubes with you during the day so you have them at hand, when it is time to give another saliva sample. Immediate refrigeration is not necessary. Once the sample set is complete, you then mail the tubes back to our partner laboratory for analysis (there is an addressed envelop provided with the test kit). The lab then sends us the report, usually within 2 weeks. You also receive a copy of this report
Before Taking the Test
Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine (on the day of test).
Do not eat, brush or floss teeth, use mouthwash, or chew gum 1 hour before you take each sample.
Wash your hands before collection.
This test measures the level of your main stress hormone, cortisol, in your saliva, and also provides information on how your cortisol levels fluctuate throughout your day. This is invaluable information for objectively looking at how your body deals with stress and ultimately distressing your life – in order to prevent premature ageing.
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