Find out if your body has a healthy reaction to everyday stress and how you can better manage your daily stresses.
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Adrenal Function Panel Test for Professional Stress Management

Pinnacle Health and Performance Center specializes in assisting you to get well and maintain your health by employing state-of-the-art tests for the measurement of hormone levels. There are various factors that influence how well you can manage stress, and one of them is your hormone balance. Pinnacle’s highly trained and experienced staff acknowledges the relevance of effective stress management in ensuring your overall health. By employing highly advanced laboratory tests to identify a series of hormone responses, we are able to map out your unique body reaction to stress and guide you in interpreting the results and establishing a personalized stress management program.

Why is the Adrenal Function Panel Test Important?

Stress is inevitable, and your ability to manage it can allow you to maintain your well-being. The human body responds to extremely stressful situations in a number of ways, including the release of various hormones including adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol in preparation for the “fight or flight” response. High levels of cortisol result in increased production of energy to assist the body in overcoming the situation by either fighting it physically, or fleeing.

Compared to the physical stressors of our ancestors in the period before modernization, current stresses are less theatrical, but prolonged. In the past, people were exposed to all sorts of dangers like wild animal attacks that demanded fast physical reaction. However, modern stresses are more of a mental and emotional nature, which implies that cortisol levels tend to remain elevated. Prolonged high-levels of cortisol result in symptoms like anxiety, insomnia, and fatigue, in addition to interfering with the process of other hormones like thyroid, testosterone and progesterone, which causes more hormone imbalance. The excess production of cortisol over DHEA can contribute to premature aging due to accelerated breakdown of muscle and bone.

The Dangers of Unbalanced Cortisol Levels

In severe situations of persistent stress, the excess production of cortisol may reduce its release in subsequent days of your stressful incident due to depletion of the adrenal glands. Low cortisol production results in symptoms like early morning fatigue, low blood sugar, insulin resistance, allergies, depression, low sex drive, burned out feeling, decreased recovery from workout, and increased susceptibility to infection. The imbalance of other adrenal hormones, especially the decrease of DHEA and aldosterone is associated with chronic illness and difficulty in losing weight, and reduced levels of sodium and potassium, respectively.

Cortisol is the primary stress related hormone that is released by the adrenal glands, and the Adrenal Function Panel Test - provided by accredited health care professionals at Rocky Mountain Analytical – is based on the measurement of cortisol levels in order to assess your ability to manage stress. The testing process is easy and convenient for you since it uses your saliva to measure adrenal hormones.

How Can I Get Started?

To get your stress levels in control, all you have to do is contact Pinnacle Health and Performance Center to schedule a free consultation. We have highly trained personnel who will perform the test and explain the results to you, so you will be able to better manage your stress. Stress reduction and management is a key step to healthy living!

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