The adrenal function test measures salivary levels of adrenal hormones, specifically cortisol and DHEAs.
Low salivary cortisol levels are associated with various symptoms, such as
- difficulty waking
- disturbed concentration
- chronic allergies
- multiple chemical sensitivities
High salivary cortisol levels are associated with
- decreased immunity
- bone loss
- disturbed sleep
Exposure to chronic stress eventually leads to depletion of the cortisol resulting in fatigue symptoms. Additionally it is important to assess the adrenal hormone ratio of cortisol to DHEAs since an imbalance is associated with insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, and difficulty losing weight. If there is excess cortisol over DHEA, this can result in accelerated aging and the breakdown of bone and muscle.
Our Naturopathic Doctors at NHC are trained in functional medicine. They will collectively work with you to restore your adrenals for optimal function.