Adrenal Plus Profile (Melatonin, DHEA and Cortisol Test)
What markers are tested?
The Adrenal Plus Profile provides a much more in-depth examination of your adrenal hormones, including a:
- Diurnal (3 times in the day) salivary cortisol test – stress and energy hormone
- Melatonin test – sleep neurotransmitter
- DHEA hormone levels – antiaging and adrenal hormone
Why does the Lucy Rose Clinic use this test?
Measuring and mapping your adrenal profile provides important information for your practitioner about how your body regulates sleep and stress – both common problem areas for thyroid sufferers.
Testing for cortisol indicates that there is no Cushing’s or Addison’s disease. The three cortisol markers map out the hormone, cortisol’s, diurnal patterns (day/night). Discovering the levels of cortisol production throughout the day reveals knowledge about how the body approaches a sleep cycle and when the patient is likely to be suffering from fatigue in the day linked to adrenal fatigue.
We are able to see what stage of stress the patient is in (acute, chronic or burn out). It is essential to understand what the adrenal glands are doing as they work so closely with the thyroid and we need to determine whether or not fatigue is solely thyroid driven or adrenally too.
This neurotransmitter/hormone should be at its peak at night time; low levels can cause poor quality sleep. Melatonin is not only associated with insomnia and fatigue, but is also necessary to regulate inflammation, blood sugar, healing, mood and metabolism.
Often referred to as the ‘anti-aging’ hormone, DHEA is a precursor to the sex hormones estrogen and testosterone. Low levels can indicate autoimmune conditions, memory loss, weakness, mood problems and poor energy. High levels can indicate fatigue, weight gain, acne, irritability and stress, and infertility.