Adrenal testing and treatment in Edmonton
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Our Naturopath clinic proudly offers Edmonton Urinary & Salivary Adrenal testing
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Symptoms of low adrenal function:
Our Naturopathic Doctors always screen our patients exhibiting fatigue for low adrenal function through Cortisol & DHEA testing.
Adrenal function is always tested in hypothyroid patients as well.
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Adrenal Fatigue Testing
Low Adrenal Function "Adrenal Fatigue" is often overlooked but is extremely common.
We usually begin by testing Salivary Cortisol and DHEA, and often test other hormones as well.
Our Naturopaths see a lot of hypoadrenalism or "adrenal fatigue" in our Edmonton patients.
Hypoadrenalism is characterized by a failure of the adrenals to secrete sufficient amounts of adrenal products like Cortisol and DHEA to meet a person’s physiological needs.
Many of our patients are surprised to see frequent low Cortisol levels in their results instead of high levels.
This is a common cause of fatigue especially morning fatigue in adults.
What causes Adrenal Fatigue?
Stress is probably the most frequent cause.
However, inflammation, Food Allergies, Infections, Thyroid dysfunction and Blood sugar issues are common culprits.
Saliva testing is an accurate method for measuring cortisol because it’s simple and non-invasive.
Patients can collect these salivary samples multiple times at home.
Salivary cortisol reflects the Free Cortisol at the tissue level (cortisol that escapes binding proteins, and enters the tissues).
DUTCH Urinary Cortisol testing can also measure Free Cortisol and Cortisone (inactive) and Urinary Cortisol output reflects an average over a period of time since last urination, while saliva provides an instant assessment at the time it was collected (minutes).
So a first morning Saliva Cortisol is actually indicative of morning Cortisol levels whereas a first morning urine sample indicates nighttime Cortisol (the urine accumulated overnight) and second morning urine is indicative of morning Cortisol levels (as it accumulated over the morning).
Although DUTCH urinary Cortisol testing gives additional Cortisol metabolites, our Naturopathic Doctors usually elect for Saliva Cortisol testing because the costs are dramatically lower as well as highly clinically relevant.
Blood Cortisol testing is available but not preferred by our Naturopaths as it can fluctuate wildly depending on occurrences prior to testing.
Blood Cortisol testing in blood provides an estimate of the adrenal capacity for Cortisol production but does not give information on free Cortisol at tissue levels.
As mentioned in the hormone testing section, DHEA is an amazing hormone affecting energy, memory, muscle mass, mood and libido and it has immunomodulatory functions as well.
DHEA levels can easily be increased with supplementation.
Cortisol is involved in regulating the sleep wake cycle.
We often see insufficient night time Cortisol causing frequent waking and high bedtime Cortisol or Catecholamines causing difficulty falling asleep.
DUTCH Urine Hormone Testing in Edmonton
Adrenal Fatigue Treatment
The basics of Adrenal Fatigue treatment involves getting adequate sleep and stress reduction.
These are extracts of Adrenal Cortex and whole Adrenal gland to provide minute doses of Cortisol and other Adrenal co-factors to "top-off" your natural Cortisol production and allow for Adrenal gland rejuvenation.
Patients are usually placed on an appropriate glandular product and then weaned over a period of time.
Dr. Muradov usually chooses product strength based off of your Cortisol test results and then supplements for at least 3 months before considering tapering.
The need for tapering usually presents itself as patients experience overstimulation, that is, the Adrenals themselves start to reactivate.
Typically doses less than 20mg are suggested to avoid Adrenal supression.
Often, we are running comprehensive Thyroid testing at the same time as Adrenal testing.
We may refer for Desiccated Thyroid hormone in cases where additional Natural thyroid supplementation is needed provided by health care professionals we refer to.
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