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Cortisol is the major adrenal steroid hormone and is controlled by the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus. The body’s stress response increases cortisol in order to mobilize energy to manage and resolve the stressor.

Chronic stress can fatigue the adrenal gland, disrupting its normal diurnal control over cortisol. This disruption results in symptoms like fatigue, weight gain, insomnia, depression and anxiety.

Transcript: Cortisol Panel

Hi ... I’m Dr. Dave Walker, a health advisor at Life Extension.

Hormones are powerful messengers produced by a number of different glands. They often work together in a cascade ... meaning each hormone is dependent on the one preceding it. If one hormone is out of balance … then ALL are affected! This is especially true when it comes to your major stress hormone ... cortisol.

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.

But many of us may not realize the major impact these “stressors” have on our body. And why cortisol is such an important hormone.

A stress response that is turned on rapidly, then turned off as soon as the danger or stressful situation is over is a healthy reaction.

But how many of us are capable of turning off the daily stress we encounter? In addition we are faced with stressors such as nutrient-depleted diets, environmental toxins, and lack of sleep.

Cortisol is a very important anti-inflammatory hormone when our bodies are functioning normally. Cortisol production follows a diurnal rhythm which simply means ... cortisol peaks around 8 a.m. and falls around midnight.

But when you are in a state of chronic stress your adrenal glands produce cortisol in unusual amounts and rhythms. The results can be devastating as too much or too little cortisol can produce symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain (especially around the middle), insulin resistance, high blood pressure and depression.

So the question is ... How do we test for cortisol? There are two established methods for evaluating cortisol: blood and urine. Blood test measures the diurnal fluctuations at around 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. This test is useful for individuals who want to get an idea of how well their adrenals are responding to everyday stressors. As for the urinary cortisol test … this test measures total adrenal output in a 24 hour period. This test is especially useful for individuals experiencing debilitating fatigue, chronic sleep disturbances and severe weight issues.

I think we can all agree hormone balance is vital for optimal health ... But ... the ratio between cortisol and DHEA is perhaps even more crucial since the effects of their hormonal balance are felt by every cell in the body.

DHEA is a powerful anti-aging hormone and works as an opposing balance to cortisol. DHEA builds up the body and acts as a shield against cortisol’s damaging effects when you are under chronic stress.

So 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 YES is the answer ... well ... You may have a cortisol problem. That’s why Life Extension offers low cost testing in both blood and urine to measure this important hormone.

What could be easier or smarter?

Another bonus ... when ordered through Life Extension, the test results are sent directly to you and can be reviewed with one of our Health Advisors. They will arm you with the information necessary to fully understand your results, PLUS you will know how to have a meaningful discussion with your own doctor.

That’s why we urge you to take advantage of this phenomenal value and order your cortisol urine or blood test today!