Adrenal Function Tests
Modern lifestyles and work environments have been shown to increase pressure and stress in our day-to-day lives. How stressed are you? The team at Perpetual Wellbeing can assist you with a range of Stress Hormone Tests including an adrenal fatigue test. Lifestyle, physical and psychological stresses put constant demands on the adrenal glands. When stressed, the adrenal glands produce a hormone called Cortisol. If too much cortisol is produced over a period of time, adrenal fatigue or insufficiency may be experienced. Symptoms include fatigue, hypotension, and lowered resistance to stress, salt cravings, hypoglycaemia and lowered immunity. Adrenal insufficiency frequently plays a role in conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, allergies, rheumatoid arthritis, post-traumatic stress syndrome, anorexia and most diseases for which corticosteroids are involved in the treatment. Assessing cortisol, DHEA and other adrenal hormone levels may help to identify these patients and will assist effective therapy.
SYMPTOMS AND CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH ADRENAL FATIGUE
- Fatigue (fluctuates throughout the day, morning fatigue, energy at night)
- Lack of stamina
- Asthma, colds and other respiratory disorders
- Decreased immunity
- Mild depression
- Muscle weakness
- Brain fog
- Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Postural hypotension
- Decreased ability to handle stress
- Premenstrual syndrome and menopausal symptoms
- Alcoholism and drug addiction
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Salt cravings
- Flu-like symptoms
- Sexual dysfunction
- General lethargy
- Most diseases for which corticosteroids are involved in the treatment
Adrenal function can be tested using saliva, blood or urine. Depending on each individual and the presenting symptoms, during your consultation, your practitioner will recommend the most appropriate testing method for your case.
An adrenal fatigue test could provide the answer as to why you are feeling run down, fatigued, moody or as some people describe “not feeling quite right”.
These tests are available at Perpetual Wellbeing Naturopath and Nutritionist in Brisbane CBD and Graceville and a test pricing guide is available here.