Adrenal evaluation is commonly considered for patients with fatigue and a host of other complaints resulting from a history of chronic psychological or physiological stress. However adrenal evaluation is also vital for treating patients with hypothyroidism, due to the close interaction of these endocrinal systems.
Urinary T3 levels are a sensitive measure of the active thryoid hormone which can give an accurate reflection of overall thyroid hormone levels.
To help evaluate these intricately-linked areas, we have developed the Adrenal-Thyroid Profile. This consists of the Adrenal Stress Profile, (salivary cortisol and DHEA), as well as urinary T3 levels.
This saliva test can detect imbalances in the daily circadian secretions of the stress hormones cortisol and DHEA. Imbalances in these hormones can indicate an inappropriate response that can negatively impact energy levels, emotions, and many other health complaints. These include anxiety, chronic inflammatory conditions, allergies, chronic fatigue syndrome, insomnia, depression, migraines, headaches, recurrent infections, menstrual difficulties and infertility.
Adrenal Gland Function: The adrenal glands are two tiny glands that sit on top of the kidneys. These small glands, when functioning properly, give the body its ability to provide the strength and stamina required to withstand life’s demands. These same demands can eventually compromise adrenal gland function. Chronic stress or worry, sleep deprivation, pushing oneself beyond normal limits, chronic illness, toxic exposure, mental and physical stress can overwhelm and eventually ‘burn out’ the adrenal glands.
When functioning properly, the adrenal glands produce key stress hormones including cortisol and dihydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEA-S). Each hormone plays a specific role in the body. Compromised levels of these hormones (adrenal dysfunction) can lead to a vast array of clinical symptoms as described above.
Measuring cortisol and DHEA-S levels in saliva (Adrenal Stress Index) has proven to be an invaluable tool in assessing adrenal gland function.
|4 x saliva samples, 1 x urine sample (FMV)|