Adrenal Function Panel
Item Catalog Number: LC100021
Stress! We all feel it from many different sources….job demands, relationship conflicts, hectic schedules and illness. The list is endless and none of us are immune.
The main purpose of your adrenal glands is to enable your body to deal with stress from every possible source. They determine your body's responses to every change in your environment. No matter what they signal – “fight” or “flight” -every cell responds accordingly, and you feel the results.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself:
- Are you gaining weight around the middle that just won’t come off?
- Do you crave “comfort foods” high in sugar and fat?
- Do you have problems sleeping and wake up tired all the time?
- Do you need coffee to get you going in the morning?
- Are you getting sick more than usual?
- Feeling depressed?
- Memory problems?
If the answer is YES – you may have an adrenal problem!
This panel contains the following tests:
- Cortisol AM
- Cortisol PM
- Lipid Panel
- RBC Magnesium
This panel requires two blood draws. One blood draw will be performed at approximately 8 AM after you have been fasting for 12 hours. (Please drink water in order to stay hydrated and take all medications as prescribed.)
You will return to the laboratory at approximately 4 PM (or as late in the afternoon as possible) for the second blood draw of a second cortisol specimen. Since Cortisol production is highest in the morning and falls as the day progresses, two cortisol results in the same day are the most helpful in evaluating adrenal function.