The Adrenocortex Stress Profile is a powerful and precise noninvasive salivary assay that evaluates bioactive levels of the body’s important stress hormones, cortisol and DHEA. This profile serves as a critical tool for uncovering biochemical imbalances underlying anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue, obesity, dysglycemia, and a host of other clinical conditions. This is combined with a 45 minute consultation with Dr. Boice to explain the results to you.
The adrenal hormones cortisol and DHEA function to influence:
Resistance to stress
Changing the amounts of cortisol and DHEA can profoundly affect:
Resistance to disease
General sense of well-being
Although both DHEA and cortisol are produced by the adrenal cortex, they exhibit many opposing actions.
Cortisol: Many of cortisols physiological actions are geared toward the mobilization of reserves. Cortisol is released in large amounts in response to physical, physiological, and/or psychological stress. When stressors persist, the secretion of glucocorticoids can be prolonged, leading to maladaptation of the adrenal cortex and adrenal hyperplasia.
Excess cortisol can adversely affect:
- Bone and muscle tissue
- Thyroid function
- Cardiovascular function
Over time, cortisol secretion can become impaired, resulting in an inability to respond to stress as demonstrated in conditions such as:
DHEA, in contrast to cortisol, exerts mostly anabolic actions and balances the body’s stress response.
DHEA functions to:
Provide substrate for the synthesis of sex hormones
Guard against degenerative conditions associated with aging
Influence immune function and energy production
Affect insulin sensitivity, thyroid function, protein synthesis and others.
Imbalances of DHEA have been associated with:
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