The cortisol connection
In my last post I talked about how high cortisol levels can result in poor sleep, but there are many other health effects of elevated cortisol including:
- Weight gain (especially around the middle)
- Loss of muscle mass
- Hyperglycemia (High blood sugar)
- Mood changes
- High blood pressure
My goal as a Naturopathic Doctor is to get to the root cause of your health concerns, and in stubborn cases objective measures such as laboratory testing often make the huge different in treatment outcomes.
Salivary cortisol testing is a well researched method of assessing adrenal gland function.
Why is it a good idea to get tested?
We know from my last post (HERE) that healthy cortisol secretion follows a daily curve, the test compares cortisol levels to that curve.
In addition to just testing your cortisol response the test will provide your DHEA hormone value which can provide your practitioner more information of other hormones that may be imbalanced.
Finding out progesterone values is particularly relevant to women, especially those approaching menopause. Often progesterone values are low at this times in life, and this is due to increased levels of cortisol.
Salivary IgA values give the practitioner an idea immune function, which is very important for individuals who seem to “catch” everything.
Finally, the test will provide you with a measurement of antibodies to the protein gliadin, which is key in cases with symptoms of inflammation (joint pain, fatigue, osteoporosis, and digestive complaints)
Contact me for more information of individual based treatment plans to help restore cortisol balance within the body.
This post is not a replacement for a visit to a health care practitioner, and is for educational purposes.