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Adrenal & Cortisol BLOOD & SALIVA TESTS

Deeper Adrenal Insight - only at Blue Horizon Medicals.

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Adrenal Fatigue

  • Choose Saliva or Blood Profiles
  • Saliva is easily collected
  • Blood - finger-prick or vacutainer
  • Next-day delivery available
  • Full Instructions given
  • Friendly advice by phone
  • Send sample back
  • Bio-envelope supplied
  • Our GP will pass comment
Adrenal Blood & Saliva tests kits by post

Blue Horizon can now offer fully accredited UK based pathology testing for Salivary Cortisol measurements. Choose between an industry standard 4 x salivary cortisol measurement or use the new Brunel protocol of a 6 x measurement, which may give deeper insight into adrenal issues.

Adrenal Fatigue
Adrenal Fatigue is a common topic of discussion on various internet forums, and is one of the many medical controversies. Those who believe they have a thyroid disorder but have not revealed one upon testing thyroid function, may consider next that the adrenal glands are at fault.Generally, conventional physicians are sceptical - whereas many unorthodox or alternative practitioners believe in its existence. The hypothesis is that the adrenal glands, responsible for the production of essential hormones such as cortisol and dehydroepiandosterone sulphate (DHEAS) ,are sensitive to stress - particularly when it is prolonged or intense in nature - and respond by underperforming. Acute severe illness - such as pneumonia - is also believed by proponents to be a trigger for Adrenal Fatigue.
Adrenal Gland Disorders
Adrenal gland disorders are recognised by all clinicians, and there is plenty of information in the medical literature about Addison's disease (failure of the adrenal gland to produce enough cortisol) and Cushing's disease (production of too much cortisol), for example. Testing of cortisol levels and associated DHEAS levels can point to such diagnoses. The argument really is whether a lower grade problem does truly exist, or whether the symptoms ascribed to adrenal fatigue could just be symptoms of fatigue in general, or of recovery from acute illness or indeed of a depressive illness. Testing has always been difficult, particularly in less clear cut cases, because the levels of cortisol tend to fluctuate by day, and between individuals. At Blue Horizon, we like to keep an open mind - our view is that probably all systems of the body are capable of underperformance as well as complete failure. Historically though, testing of blood to prove underperformance can be difficult. Testing cortisol at 9am is generally thought to give the best snapshot view (cortisol peaks at around this time in most of us) and combining this test with DHEAS estimation increases the chance of detecting a deficiency in adrenal activity. Further testing could then be guided by this baseline knowledge. Adding cortisol saliva tests to our test repertoire better enables us to get a fuller picture of potential Hypothalmic, Pituitary and Adrenal functions.
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Other Blood Testing Services by Blue Horizon Medicals.
All of the services outlined above rely on the postal service not just to send the kits to you, but also to get your blood back to the Laboratory.This is fine for the majority of tests on this website but sometimes a test that you require will have special handling requirements such as freezing, a need to be spun down by a centrifuge, or have a need for immediate testing. In these situations, and also where turnaround time cannot be reliant on the postal service we recommend that you speak to us about the other services that we can offer you. For speed we recommend our London Service, but we have some good profiles available through 60 Spire and BMI Hospitals across the UK.