Salivary hormone testing can reveal the impact of lifestyle, aging and illness. Adrenal hormones and sex hormones may affect the daily life style and health. These include particularly the DHEA, cortisol, testosterone, progesterone and estrogen hormones. If the stress hormone cortisol is either too high or too low or the estrogen’s are too high, they may also be interfering with the thyroid function and other hormones that affect the body activity.
A salivary hormone test is a comprehensive hormone test, which can reveal many clues about the current health status, saliva samples are easy and simple to collect and can be collected in the privacy of your home. Saliva testing measures the levels of the free, bio-available hormones which move freely into cells and carry out the body’s critical functions.
Why Saliva Testing?
Saliva testing has been available to physicians for over a decade, Medicare and many insurance companies provide reimbursement for the test performed. Saliva testing is widely used in clinical practice and has proven to be the most accurate measure of body’s available hormones such as Cortisol, DHEA, Estrogen, Progesterone, and Testosterone. Saliva testing is much more specific and correctly identifies the level of available hormones at the cellular level, where as blood testing measures total hormone level circulating in the bloodstream rendering it be questionable.
Why Testing Hormone Levels?
Hormones are chemical messengers in a very low concentration which affect organs and tissues.
Hormone balance is the key to good health: hormone imbalance may aggravate serious medical conditions. Such as:
- Breast cancer
- Endometrial cancer
- Heart disease
- Polycystic ovary disease
What Health Conditions to Assess Hormone Levels?
Saliva hormone tests can uncover biochemical imbalances that can be underlying causes of certain health conditions such as chronic stress, adrenal fatigue, obesity, diabetes, chemical sensitivity, insomnia, depression, anxiety and many other chronic conditions.
Who Should be Tested for Hormone Levels?
Both men and women experiencing hormone imbalance should be tested. As we age hormone levels start declining resulting in biochemical imbalances, which causes unpleasant symptoms.
Hormone imbalance is commonly seen in women, imbalance of various hormones may contribute to serious medical conditions such as osteoporosis, hot flashes, depression, stress etc. Measuring salivary hormones provides the insight of hormonal changes that may contribute to common menopausal symptoms and are important for monitoring hormone levels in patients undergoing hormone treatment strategies.
How Many Saliva Samples Need to be Collected for Pre & Post-Menopausal?
The Post menopause Panel requires a single saliva collection and is ideal for women who have already transitioned into menopause. The Pre menopause Panel involves two saliva samples collected approximately two weeks apart and is the preferred test for women experiencing early signs of menopause such as infrequent or unpredictable menses.
Which Hormones Need to be Tested?
Sex hormones that include estradiol, progesterone, and testosterone, and adrenal hormones cortisol & DHEA need to be tested. Other estrogen hormones are also essential to measure such as estrone and estriol.
Estradiol: Estradiol (E2)–Produced in the ovaries, fat cells, and adrenal glands, this form of estrogen has the strongest activity. Estradiol levels decrease after menopause, which may contribute to bone loss, hot flashes, and other symptoms.
Progesterone: Produced in the ovaries, levels of this hormone decline around menopause. Progesterone is important for maintaining a healthy endometrium in a normal menstrual cycle. The ratio of progesterone to estrogen is an important factor in evaluating the risk of certain types of cancer in pre- and postmenopausal women.
Testosterone: Usually considered a “male hormone”, testosterone plays an important role in maintaining muscle mass, bone density, metabolism, energy and libido in women as well. Elevated levels are associated with symptoms such as hair loss, acne, and facial hair growth.
DHEA: A hormone produced in the adrenal glands, which is a precursor to estrogen and testosterone. Too much or too little DHEA can lead to abnormal levels of these hormones.
Cortisol: Salivary cortisol measurement is a helpful tool to evaluate stress and depression in different situations. It is essential adrenal hormone that contributes for energy production, blood sugar metabolism, anti-inflammatory effects and stress response.
Why use BDL Laboratories for Saliva Testing?
Our innovative and R&D capability makes us the leading player in both functional hormones and saliva diagnostic testing.
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