The Adrenal Function Panel measures saliva levels of the adrenal hormones cortisol and DHEAs. Low cortisol levels are associated with disturbed sleep, fatigue, trouble concentrating, difficulty waking, chronic allergies, multiple chemical sensitivities and depression. High cortisol levels are associated with anxiety, bone loss, and disturbed sleep. An excess of cortisol over DHEA can accelerate the breakdown of bone and muscle, thus potentially contributing to premature aging. Chronic stress may eventually lead to decreased cortisol production and result in fatigue symptoms. Insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and difficulty losing weight may be associated with an imbalance in the adrenal hormone ratio of cortisol to DHEAs.
The Female Panel of five hormones may highlight imbalances that can contribute to a number of different health conditions. Low levels of estrogens may contribute to bone loss, fatigue, heart disease, hot flashes, sleep disturbances, vaginal dryness and depression. Low testosterone may also contribute to bone loss, depression, fatigue, heart disease and vaginal dryness. High estrogens or low progesterone may be a factor in anxiety symptoms, weight gain and breast cancer risk. Fatigue often accompanies hormone imbalance and is frequently observed in postmenopausal women. Hormone imbalance may also be a feature of metabolic syndrome.
The Male Panel of four hormones may highlight imbalances that can contribute to different health conditions. Low levels of testosterone may contribute to bone loss, fatigue, heart disease, irritability, apathy, grumpiness, memory loss, prostate enlargement, sleep disturbances and depression. High estrogens can arise from excess conversion of testosterone to estrogen, causing breast enlargement and erectile dysfunction. Hormone imbalance may also be a feature of metabolic syndrome.
Month-Long Hormone Assessment
The Month-Long Hormone Assessment is particularly useful for menstruating women with cycle-specific symptoms. Migraine headaches, PMS, irritability, mood swings and sleeps disturbances are all symptoms that may occur when there are imbalances at specific times in the menstrual cycle. Heavy bleeding may be a result of too much or too little estradiol, or a sign of more serious conditions. Fertility issues may arise if hormone surges do not occur at appropriate points in the menstrual cycle.
Elevated hair cortisol has been linked to heart disease and mood disorders. Low hair cortisol has been associated with depression, generalized anxiety disorder and adrenal dysregulation. Generally speaking, fatigue is commonly associated with low salivary cortisol levels, and possibly with low hair cortisol as well. Bone loss and sleep disturbances are often found when salivary cortisol is elevated, and presumably also with elevated hair cortisol.
Urine Steroid Hormones
Hormone imbalance can contribute to a variety of symptoms and disease states. The dried urine test for comprehensive hormones profile may show hormone imbalance is contributing to excessive bone loss, increased cancer risk, metabolic syndrome, weight gain, and vaginal dryness. The damaging effects of stress may also be reflected in urine steroid hormones, and be a contributing factor to accelerated aging.
Hormones produced by the thyroid gland are involved in regulating heart rate, body temperature, blood pressure, and weight.