"Find out if stress
is causing your health problems?"
Do you find it difficult to get up in the mornings? Have
your periods stopped or become irregular? Are you constantly
under pressure and/or in a state of stress? A wide range
of physical and emotional disorders have been linked to
stress which can relate to adrenal hormone imbalances.
Are you stressed?
Do you often feel weak and tired,
for no apparent reason?
Are you under chronic stress?
Do you have trouble getting a night
of restful sleep?
Do you have low sex drive?
Are you exposed to high noise levels?
Are you feeling anxious or depressed?
Do you have menstrual difficulties?
Are you suffering from joint pain?
Do you have an eating disorder?
Have you recently gained or lost
Do you suffer from ulcers or irritable
Do you have trouble with concentration,
memory, or learning?
Do you suffer from hypertension?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may
be suffering from an over or under-reactive stress response
by your adrenal hormones.
There are two small glands attached to the top of your
kidneys, called adrenal glands. They are essential for life.
When you feel physical or psychological stress, these glands
release natural chemicals such as adrenaline, DHEA, and
cortisol (called adrenal hormones) directly into your bloodstream.
Adrenals have one of the highest blood flow rates of any
tissue in the body so the hormones they produce can trigger
reactions in all parts of your body. One major adrenal hormone
is cortisol a powerful anti-inflammatory. Cortisol levels
rise dramatically with stress, prolonging your body's "fight
or flight" response. If your body is producing too
much or too little cortisol, you may feel some of the following
Weakness and Fatigue
Cortisol imbalances can throw off the body's blood
sugar metabolism, making you feel weak, tired, and
run-down. Too much cortisol can also interfere with
sleep patterns and produce a "wakeful,"
unrelaxing sleep state. So you may feel worn-out
even after a full night's sleep.
Muscle and Joint Pain
Excess cortisol in the bloodstream accelerates the
breakdown of body tissue and prevents proper tissue
repair, leading to muscle and joint injuries and
Cortisol imbalances can stimulate fat deposits in
various parts of the body, resulting in weight gains
in the trunk, chest, neck, and face.
High levels of cortisol can reduce the skin's ability
to regenerate, resulting in an unhealthy skin appearance.
Over time, cortisol imbalances can take a heavy
toll on your health, wearing down your immune system,
triggering premature ageing, and setting the stage
for chronic illness. Anxiety, depression, heart
disease, AIDS and osteoporosis have all been linked
with elevated cortisol levels.
Another hormone produced by your adrenal glands,
DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) actually works to balance
many of the effects of cortisol on your body, helping
it cope with stress. In research studies, DHEA has
been shown to improve memory function, boost energy
levels, and reduce fat production. Most importantly,
DHEA appears to protect the immune system from some
of the cell damage caused by ageing and disease.
If these two hormones become chronically "out of
sync," it can tax the body's immune system, making
a person less able to cope with stress and more susceptible
to a wide range of illnesses.
Now there's an easy way to find out whether these imbalances
are affecting how you feel by taking a Stress Profile Test.
This simple safe and non-invasive test can determine
your DHEA and cortisol levels using four saliva
which you can easily collect at home or at work.
Balance is the key in assessing the overall effect
of adrenal hormones in your body. After analysing
your results you will be sent a report showing how
your adrenal glands are functioning and if there
are any imbalances that need to be corrected.
So if you would like to find out if your adrenal
hormones are out of balance and what your stress levels
are like, then you should send for this test now.
Samples should be returned to the laboratory by Next Day Delivery, Monday – Thursday only. Samples received outside of the suggested postage dates may be discarded and the patient asked to repeat the test.
If you are not sure whether this is the right test for you then click 'Which test should I take?' and follow the checklist which will help to ensure you have made the correct choice.