Adrenal Gland Screening
Adrenal Gland Screening monitors the overall health of your Adrenal Glands, a pair of glands located above each kidney that secretes hormones directly into the bloodstream.
Adrenal Glands are involved in many different body functions, Cortisol is one hormone produced by the Adrenal Glands. Cortisol plays a role in the metabolism of proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates. It affects blood glucose levels, helps maintain blood pressure, and helps regulate the immune system.
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Adrenal Panel Basic evaluates your overall Adrenal Glands health. a pair of glands located above each kidney that secretes hormones directly into the bloodstream.
This panel includes: Aldosterone, Cortisol, Total Serum and DHEA Sulfate, Immuniassay.
Cortisol Test aids in the diagnosis of adrenal disorders, such as Addison’s disease and Cushing’s Disease.
Cortisol is a hormone that contributes to several bodily functions, including the fight or flight response to stress.
When a person believes that they are in danger, the brain releases an extremely powerful chemical called adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH).
This hormone triggers the adrenal gland to release cortisol.
The body uses cortisol to halt any non-essential physical processes. These include growth processes and reproductive and immune functions.
As non-essential functions shut down, the person will gain a burst of strength and energy to deal with the potential threat.
The release of cortisol may also cause emotional arousal, giving people strong emotions, such as anger and fear.
Cortisol also increases blood sugar levels and insulin resistance.
Finally, cortisol supports several different systems in the body including:
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Aldosterone is a hormone that plays a big role in keeping your blood pressure in check.
Aldosterone balances the levels of sodium and potassium in your body. It signals to your organs, like your colon and kidneys, to put more sodium into your bloodstream or release more potassium into your pee.
Your adrenal glands, which are just above your kidneys, actually release the hormone.
When the level of aldosterone in your body is out of whack, it could lead to other health issues, including damage to your heart, brain, and kidneys.
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