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Cortisol Testing

Cortisol, is a steroid hormone or more specifically a glucocorticoid, produced by the adrenal gland.[1] It is released in response to stress and a low level of blood glucocorticoids. Its primary functions are to increase blood sugar, suppress the immune system; and aid in fat, protein and carbohydrate metabolism.[2] It also decreases bone formation. 

Why is a proper cortisol level important?

Cortisol will fluctuate during the day, typically higher in the morning and lower at night.  Cortisol is known as the “stress hormone” because it’s secreted in higher levels in response to a “fight or flight” reaction to stress.  Although a raise in cortisol is good and necessary in some situations, the body must not remain in a state of high cortisol, or it begins to be detrimental to the individual.  Continually high cortisol puts us in a state of chronic stress which can wreak havoc on many areas of the body such as: cognitive function, thyroid function, blood sugar imbalance, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, lowered immunity, metabolic disorders and increased abdominal fat etc.

If your cortisol is high, there are various stress management techniques or natural remedies you can take.   Consider getting your cortisol tested if you have symptoms of: stress, decreased energy, anxiety, hyperactivity, trouble focusing, difficulty losing weight (especially around the midsection), or sleeplessness/difficulty relaxing. 

 Guidelines for assessment. 

  1. Do not drink any caffeine on the day of your test.
  2. Do not consume any supplements on the day of your test.

Note: Testing is done at our facility and results are immediate. 

Cortisol Testing Costs: $25