About the test
Struggling to cope with stress lately?
This at-home lab test measures the levels of two hormones produced in the adrenal glands—cortisol and DHEA—to better understand your adrenal health and how your body handles stress. When balanced, cortisol levels fluctuate throughout the day, peaking in the morning and lowering at night, while DHEA levels tend to remain stable. By measuring your cortisol levels four times throughout the day, along with your DHEA levels, you will have a better understanding of your body’s stress response.
DHEA, or dehydroepiandrosterone, is an androgen hormone primarily produced by the adrenal glands. It’s a precursor hormone, meaning it has little biological effect on its own. However, when it’s converted into other hormones like testosterone and estrogen, it has powerful effects. Research has shown that DHEA plays a protective role during the stress response, counteracting the effects of cortisol.
Cortisol is a steroid hormone produced in the adrenal glands and released in response to stressors like illness and exercise. While it’s often referred to as the “stress hormone,” cortisol also regulates various vital processes throughout the body, including blood sugar and energy metabolism. Levels of cortisol vary throughout the day, but for most people, it peaks in the morning and is the lowest in the middle of the night.
Experiencing symptoms of adrenal dysfunction?