The Adrenal Stress Profile Saliva Test
Why should You test Cortisol, DHEA and Adrenal functions?Chronic stress alters the hypothalamic, pituitary and adrenal axis, resulting in vague symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain, insomnia, depression, anxiety, gastro-intestinal issues and even chronic pain. Adrenal glands produce Cortisol and DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone). Cortisol is the main hormone involved in responding to stress. An abnormally high or low level of Cortisol upon waking, during the day and towards the evening can negatively impact one’s stress response and the immune system. DHEA is mainly produced by the adrenal glands and is the highest circulating hormone in the body, it gets converted to testosterone and estradiol. Adrenal dysfunction is linked to many health conditions such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, chronic fatigue, neurodegenerative diseases, cognitive decline and ageing. At The Murthy Clinic we recommend The Adrenal Stress Profile (ASP) saliva test, which uses carefully timed saliva samples to measure Cortisol and DHEA. Adrenal Stress Profile testing can reveal Hypothalamic Pituitary and Adrenal axis imbalances and provide direction for clinical intervention with targeted therapeutic treatments, such as nutrient support and/or adaptogens, stress management, and lifestyle interventions.When you consider this test, you will be able to speak with Dr.Vijay Murthy to decide on if this is the right test for you (a free 10 minutes phone call). You will be receiving the sample collection kit and you will be given instruction on how to collect and return the samples. Once the results are available, Dr.Vijay Murthy will interpret the results in a 30 minute online session.