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Cortisol (C) - 1 panel Saliva Hormone Level Test

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Test your cortisol levels with easy saliva test kit:- Assesses AM or PM or Mid Day - Cortisol level (1 Tube Collection) - Easy and safe to use - Results in just 7 to 10 days - Includes a saliva collection kit - No additional fees required within the United States.


NOTE:  California State residents: California State health law requires that the testing of any specimen collected or mailed from California be sent with a written order from a health care professional licensed in California to order laboratory tests. This includes the following disciplines: M.D.; D.C.; LAc; R.D.; D.O.; N.P.; and Pharmacists (R.PH). As of September 2002 (Senate Bill 577), such lab tests may be ordered by complementary or alternative health care practitioners "not providing services that require medical training."


New York State Residents: New York State health law prohibits the testing of specimens collected in or mailed from New York, and prohibits the transmission of data from ZRT Laboratory to NY physicians or residents. Therefore, direct receipt of lab results for NY residents is not possible.  


No other states are affected. NOTE: For this particular test, customers outside of the United States are responsible for shipping the specimens back to the lab in the United States. HomeTests is not responsible for failed tests due to delays and/or miscollection of specimens.

Details

Cortisol is often also called the stress hormone as it is produced at much higher levels when we are stressed and during the body's fight or flight mechanism. Cortisol also has a lot of other jobs however and is a very important hormone to keep track of. Cortisol regulates our blood pressure, inflammatory response, and proper glucose metabolism. When Cortisol is showing abnormal levels is can produce problems such as decreased bone density and muscle tissue, increased abdominal fat, impaired cognitive functions, suppressed thyroid function,  and high blood pressure.

If you are experiencing any of the below symptoms, a Cortisol test to check your levels may help you. This saliva Cortisol testing service helps you determine whether or not your Cortisol levels are within the expected optimal range depending on your age and sex. It may prove very helpful to you and your physician in knowing if any observed complications are in any way associated with the variations in your Cortisol levels. It is particularly useful if you have been under a lot of stress lately.

Saliva is the method for using this test which makes it very simple and pain free. There are no needles as is usual at the laboratory for a conventional test. You simply collect the saliva samples with swab in the confirt and privacy of your own home. This also means the test saves you time and money and the initial doctors appointment just to go the laboratory again!

Symptoms of Cortisol variation in both Males and Females:

  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Memory problems
  • Fatigue/Chronic fatigue
  • Stomach ulcers
  • High blood pressure/high cholesterol
  • Weight gain/loss
  • Alcohol cravings/Alcoholism
  • Insulin resistance/Changing blood sugar levels
  • Heart disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Stress intolerance
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Cold intolerance
  • Inflammation
  • Aches and pains/Fibromyalgia/Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Prolonged illnesses/Common colds
  • Insomnia
  • Asthma

If you need to you can use CPT Code 82530 for billing purposes

*Most of these signs and symptoms are multigenic as well as multifactorial and may be associated with genetic, epigenetic, dietary and environmental factors and mediated by variation in certain hormones. A careful interpretation of results by your physician is suggested. Any form of self-therapy without consulting a licensed physician is highly discouraged.   

Each service includes:

  • Symptom Checklist on Test Requisition Form
  • Requisition Form to complete including your personal and medical history
  • Pre-paid, Pre-addressed Return Packaging (Within the United States)
  • Vial(s) for collecting saliva
  • Instructions for How to Use Saliva Collection Kit

Kindly note that the results of this hormone saliva test may not imply a causative effect due to hormonal changes.

Most of the hormones show a daily endogenous rhythmic variation in their levels and the results of a hormonal test would depend significantly on the time at which the test was taken. So, sampling just once would be inadequate to make any suggestive analysis. Ideally, it is suggested that such profiling should be done periodically at different times in a day for multiple days for obtaining suggestive data that is biologically meaningful.

Saliva Testing

Saliva based hormone level testing is a convenient way of testing steroid hormones. Since mid 1980s thousands of scientific studies have shown a strong correlation between steroid hormone levels in saliva and the amount of hormone in the blood that is active or "bioavailable."

Saliva testing can be done anywhere anytime. Blood based hormone testing that relies on blood drawn in the doctor's office makes it harder to obtain samples at specific times (such as in the early morning) or multiple times during the day. In addition, hormones in saliva are exceptionally stable and can be stored at room temperature for up to a week without affecting the accuracy of the result. This offers maximum flexibility in sample collection and shipment.

Advantages

  • Saliva measures the free, "bioavailable" fraction of steroid hormones that have moved out of the bloodstream and into the tissue --  NOTE: Blood and urine measure "total" levels
  • Saliva as a collection tool is a painless, noninvasive and needle-free (stress caused by a conventional blood draw can alter test results)
  • Hormones are stable in saliva at room temperature up to three weeks allowing for worldwide shipment
  • Transport of saliva samples to laboratory requires no special handling
  • Less expensive than conventional hormone blood testing
  • Ease of collection allows for routine monitoring of hormone levels and adjustment of hormone supplementation as needed.

Clinical Utility 

Saliva testing can help providers:

  • Identify hidden hormonal imbalances (deficiency or excess) associated with patient symptoms of menopause and andropause as well as reproductive disorders, chronic illness and diseases of aging
  • Link clinical symptoms to specific hormone imbalance(s)
  • Maintain health and prevent disease through early detection of any hormonal imbalance(s)
  • Establish treatment to restore hormonal balance and patient quality of life
  • Monitor patient hormone levels for "individualized" hormone replacement therapy
  • Track patient progress with comparative history reports provided with follow-up testing

NOTE: California State residents: California State health law requires that the testing of any specimen collected or mailed from California be sent with a written order from a health care professional licensed in California to order laboratory tests. This includes the following disciplines: M.D.; D.C.; LAc; R.D.; D.O.; N.P.; and Pharmacists (R.PH). As of September 2002 (Senate Bill 577), such lab tests may be ordered by complementary or alternative health care practitioners "not providing services that require medical training."

New York State Residents: New York State health law prohibits the testing of specimens collected in or mailed from New York, and prohibits the transmission of data from ZRT Laboratory to NY physicians or residents. Therefore, direct receipt of lab results for NY residents is not possible.  

No other states are affected. NOTE: For this particular test, customers outside of the United States are responsible for shipping the specimens back to the lab in the United States. HomeTests is not responsible for failed tests due to delays and/or miscollection of specimens. The Chain of Custody Form is valid for one year after the date of purchase.

 

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