Adrenals and Cortisol Testing and Treatments in Cincinnati, Ohio
Manage your Stress.
Cortisol is the “master” of all hormones and adequate cortisol function allows our bodies to respond to various stressors. Elevated cortisol interferes with the function of other essential hormones, and can result in insulin and thyroid resistance, estrogen imbalance, progesterone deficiencies, and even testosterone fluctuations. While cortisol is a vital hormone of the body, optimal levels are required to achieve health.
Avoid Chronic Stress.
Stress is an inevitable part of life, but when stress becomes chronic, it takes a toll on overall health. It is estimated that up to 90 percent of medical issues are linked to stress. Stress can result in levels of cortisol that are too high and, often over time, levels of cortisol that are too low.
Symptoms Associated with Elevated Cortisol:
Increases osteoporosis risk
Irritability and anxiety
Elevated blood pressure
Insulin resistance and sugar cravings
Decreased thyroid hormone function
Symptoms Associated with Decreased Cortisol:
Low blood pressure
Emotional imbalances/lack of motivation
Loss of libido (sex drive)
Unresponsive hypothyroidism (does not respond to treatment)
Feeling of being “overwhelmed”
High-glycemic (sugar) food intake
Junk food diets
Fasting too long between meals
Higher intake of simple carbohydrates vs. protein
High nighttime cortisol
Low bedtime melatonin
Inconsistent sleep schedule/insomnia
Irregular work hours/shift work
Excess body fat (obesity)
Food sensitivities (gluten intolerance, celiac disease)
Environmental toxicity exposure
Death of a family member
Birth of a child
Major personal history of illness
How does Adrenal & Cortisol testing work?
In order to evaluate your individual cortisol levels, we start with the Adrenocortex Stress Profile, which is an at-home salivary hormone test that evaluates the key stress hormones, cortisol and DHEA. How is it done? You will collect four saliva samples throughout the day to allow for circadian rhythm assessment.
When compared to traditional blood testing of adrenal hormones, salivary assessment offers several advantages:
- Uncovers abnormal patterns of cortisol release over a 24-hour period, which may be addressed with customized therapeutic interventions
- Hormone levels measured in saliva, rather than serum, are thought to be unbound and bioavailable, which is a more accurate way to measure cortisol
- Convenient at-home collection of four salivary samples collected throughout the day is an ideal low-stress diagnostic for assessing diurnal variation in stress hormones
Process & Results
Adrenals / Cortisol Testing
Your initial consultation with one of our providers for Adrenals / Cortisol testing and treatment in Cincinnati will begin with a thorough look into your past medical and surgical history, family history, and current medications, with specific attention paid to the symptoms you are struggling with. This visit will be billed to your insurance company.
At-Home Hormone Test
In order to evaluate your individual cortisol levels, we start with the Adrenocortex Stress Profile, which is an at-home salivary hormone test that evaluates the key stress hormones, cortisol and DHEA.
This test is not covered by health insurance. The test comes with a pre-paid Fed Ex mailer, you will need to mail the kit to be processed. It takes approximately 4 weeks for us to receive the results for Adrenals / Cortisol in Cincinnati.
We will see you back in the office in 4 to 5 weeks, review your test results and initiate therapy if appropriate. This visit is billed to your health insurance company. Diet, exercise, and optimal supplementation are all discussed as an important part of this therapy, with an emphasis on the 4 pillars of adrenal health.
Treatments that pair well with Adrenals and Cortisol Testing and Treatments
Pairing treatments can get you dramatic results
Correcting your adrenals and cortisol levels should be a priority. In order to treat elevated adrenals and cortisol levels, a combination of treatments may be recommended to you. When you come in for your consultation, your provider can speak to you about combining your treatments.