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Cortisol, Total (Stress Hormone)

Regular price $35.00
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Regular price $35.00
Regular price Sale price $35.00

 Cortisol is the body's primary stress hormone. It plays a crucial role in managing emotions, stress levels, and various bodily functions, including inflammation, blood pressure, blood sugar, sleep patterns, and how the body utilizes food, especially in times of stress. Cortisol tests can identify problems with your body's stress response "alarm system".


Cortisol is important for the immune system and metabolism. If your cortisol levels are off, it might indicate issues like tumors or adrenal gland conditions like Cushing's syndrome or Addison's disease. High cortisol for a long time can lead to tiredness, immune problems, and harm your sex hormones.


This cortisol blood test checks the cortisol level in your blood. Cortisol is produced by the adrenal glands on top of your kidneys. Normally, your body keeps cortisol in check to handle stress, but sometimes it stays stressed for too long. Having too much (hypercortisolism) or too little (hypocortisolism) cortisol can disrupt your body's usual functions and may cause health issues like anxiety, depression, headaches, memory problems, digestion troubles, sleep difficulties, weight gain, and heart disease.


A cortisol imbalance test can reveal if you're experiencing these signs and symptoms due to:

Too little cortisol (hypocortisolism):

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Increased muscle weakness
  • Skin changes (darkening in folds and scars)
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite and weight
  • Low blood pressure
  • Possibly Addison's disease

Too much cortisol (hypercortisolism):

  • Sleep troubles
  • Digestive issues
  • Frequent headaches
  • Problems with concentration and memory
  • Easily bruising skin
  • Feelings of anxiety or depression
  • Weight gain
  • Potential for heart disease
  • Potentially Cushing's disease



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