Stress is a major underlying cause of many chronic illnesses, from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome to food and environmental allergy. A stressful lifestyle can lead to consistently high levels of cortisol and low levels of DHEA (dehydoepiandosterone), which can be damaging to the brain and other tissues. Cortisol elevation also impacts immune responses, such as secretory IgA (sIgA) and antigliadin antibody (AGA) production. The Comprehensive Hormone Profile is a measure of an individual’s response to stress. It also measures estrogen metabolites (9), progesterone metabolites (3), Androgen metabolites (8), diurnal cortisol, cortisone and melatonin. This test is an important tool for pointing to adrenal imbalances that may be impacting your health.
The adrenocortical hormones, cortisol and DHEA, are steroids that affect carbohydrate, protein, and lipid metabolism. They also serve as modulators of thyroid function and help the body manage stress. When levels of DHEA and cortisol change, it may indicate significant variations in adrenal function that can impact your energy levels, emotions, and even disease resistance.