Fasting Required: No
Sample Collection: 6 samples collected throughout a single day
Analytes Reported: Cortisol x 6 (CAR), DHEA-S, Secretory IgA, Estradiol, Estriol, Melatonin, Progesterone & Testosterone
Results: 10-14 Business Days
Description: This profile combines the powerful assessment tool of HPA with CAR and a day-long collection for measurement of secretory IgA (SIgA). SIgA serves as the first line of defense in protecting the intestinal epithelium from enteric toxins and pathogenic microorganisms.
The HPA Stress Profile is the four-point salivary test commonly referred to in the past as the Adrenal Stress Profile. The HPA Stress Profile provides information regarding how well an individual maintains an adequate cortisol output throughout the day. HPA axis dysfunction can present with several different patterns and it is important to identify these patterns so that they can be supported adequately. Many of these patterns can be improved by addressing the common modifiable stressors that are so prevalent in our lives and undermine our health on many levels.
CAR is the rise in cortisol levels observed at 30 minutes post-awakening (approximately 35-60% above the waking value) followed by an expected decline one hour after waking. The behavior of cortisol is an important physiological response to anticipation of the day ahead and is a key indicator of HPA axis reactivity. The waking, 30 minute, and 60 minute cortisol results comprise something of a “mini stress test.” Research shows that combing CAR testing with diurnal cortisol rhythm is a far superior way to assess HPA axis function than diurnal cortisol alone.
strong>Note: Result turnaround times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.