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What is an Adrenal Test?
Adrenal tests are given to measure the level of hormones created by the adrenal and pituitary glands. Cortisol levels in particular rise when a patient’s pituitary gland releases another hormone called adrenocorticotropic hormone, otherwise known as ACTH. These hormones perform many functions, including keeping a person’s glucose (sugar) and fat regulated in order for it to be used for energy (metabolism), and also helping an individual’s physiology to manage stress. These hormone levels can be affected by numerous conditions, including physical and emotional stress, strenuous exercise or other activities, infections, or injuries.
Who May Need an Adrenal Test?
Adrenal tests are typically performed for patients who are exhibiting issues with their pituitary or adrenal glands, such as making too much or too little of the related hormones for instance. Patients who have had problems with bone growth, blood pressure, the function of their immune system, metabolizing of necessary nutrients, nervous system function, and stress response are likely to have this test prescribed by their physician. Also, patients known to have Cushing Syndrome or Addison Disease will likely receive Adrenal tests on a semi-regular basis.
What Should I Expect from My Adrenal Test?
Adrenal tests begin by drawing a sample of blood from a patient in order for it to be analyzed by a medical laboratory. Patients are commonly asked to avoid strenuous physical activity prior to taking the test, and may even be asked to lie down 30 minutes before their blood is taken. There are also a number of medications which could affect the results of the test, such as steroids, so it’s important to speak with your physician about what medications you are currently taking preceding your test. Though there is a reference range for results common among Adrenal tests, some labs may have different ranges for you and your physician. Speak to your doctor regarding your results to get more information on how your results concern to you and your health specifically.
What is Adrenal Testing?
An adrenal test measures cortisol and ACTH hormone levels in the patient’s blood. Cortisol is made by the adrenal glands, while ACTH is produced by the pituitary gland. These hormones help an individual manage stress, blood sugar and metabolism. Adrenal disease can have symptoms like:
- Weight gain or sudden weight loss
- Edema (fluid retention)
These hormone levels can be affected by:
- Physical and emotional stress
- Strenuous exercise
What does Adrenal Testing test for?
Adrenal Testing helps diagnose and monitor adrenocortical insufficiency and an overactive or underactive adrenal cortex function, which could be:
- Adrenal Addison's Disease
- Cushing’s Disease
- Acute Adrenal Insufficiency
- Secondary Adrenal Insufficiency.
Who should get Adrenal Testing?
Testing your adrenal function is important if you suffer from any of the following conditions:
- Weight gain
- Brain fog
- Memory impairment
- Depression, anxiety or mood swings
- Chronic pain, exhaustion or neuropathy
- Low libido (sex drive)
- Recurrent infections
Also, patients known to have Cushing’s Disease or Addison Disease will likely receive Adrenal tests on a semi-regular basis.
Do I need to visit a doctor?
Nope. You don't need a doctor's visit to get a test with us.
How do I get my results?
You'll get your results via email as soon as they are available. We will notify you via SMS as well. You can also see them at any time in the future right in your dashboard where you can easily share them with your professional and compare them side by side with future tests.
Does my lab prescription expire?
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