Stress Check / DHEA & Cortisol

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Stress Check / DHEA & Cortisol

      • Easy saliva collection
      • Measures DHEA and Cortisol, your body’s natural response to everyday stress
      • Simple & convenient
      • Reliability of lab analysis
      • Inexpensive

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Your body, as well as your mind, can be adversely affected by stress. Stress may trigger joint pain, weight change, allergies, and fatigue.

The proper balance of DHEA and cortisol makes up your body’s inner defense against the pressures of stress, helping your body adapt to stress in a healthy manner. StressCheck measures your DHEA and cortisol levels to determine their balance. Together, these two hormones work to provide your body with an optimal stress response.

StressCheck is a simple saliva test measures your levels of DHEA and cortisol–hormones vital to your body’s response to stress. Results of your health screen will be sent to you within 7-10 working days after receipt of your sample at the laboratory. You can read your results from the lab and compare them to the general population. Then, you can work with your healthcare provider to develop an appropriate program that can help you achieve optimal wellness.

About Stress, Hormones and the Stress Check Test

Some stress is good for you. It’s true. Stress is often thought of in a negative light–and with good reason. However, stress, both physical and emotional, also helps your body stay active and alert, more prepared for obstacles it may face. Two hormones, DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) and cortisol, are your body’s main forces for coping with stress. The balance of these hormones can affect how you handle the overwhelming feeling that stress can bring.

Classified as adrenal or “stress” hormones–DHEA and cortisol serve as markers of stress response, regulating how your body reacts during stress. Each hormone is released into your bloodstream from your adrenal glands when your body feels stress and helps your body make the necessary adjustments to protect itself.

These two hormones help balance each other to ensure a stress response. DHEA is anabolic, a constructive hormone that affects the immune system, blood pressure, and sleep, among its many functions. Cortisol is a catabolic hormone, a hormone that also affects the immune system, blood pressure, and sleep. When your body feels stress, cortisol is essential. Cortisol maintains and raises your energy levels to assist your body during that stressful period. Together, these two hormones work to provide your body with an optimal stress response.

Why Should I Have My Hormone Levels Screened?

Proper levels of DHEA and cortisol allow your body to function at the highest levels possible under stressful conditions. Though working somewhat against one another, DHEA and cortisol together help your body adapt to stressful situations. You and your health care provider may also use this information to monitor changes in hormone levels.

Does Saliva Provide An Accurate Measure of Hormone Levels?

Saliva health screening is a simple, noninvasive way to determine your hormone levels. Research shows that the level of hormones in saliva parallels levels of hormones in blood. StressCheck provides a direct link to hormone levels without the inconvenience and expense of blood collection by revealing the level of “unbound” hormones in the system — those directly available to cells in your body.

How to Collect the Saliva Used in the Stress Test

      1. Rinse your mouth with cold water. Spit out water completely. Wait five minutes. During collection, do not cough or clear your throat into the collection tube. If necessary, you may chew the sugar-free gum to stimulate salivation.
      2. 8AM collection: Using one of the collection tubes, collect your saliva. It is important that you provide at least a 3/4 full tube with LIQUID, NOT FOAM. Insufficient saliva samples cannot be processed.
      3. Make sure you replace cap tightly to prevent leakage. Write your name and date you collected sample on the label and the Health Screen Request Form. Place the label on the collection tube. Place the tube into the plastic biohazard bag and refrigerate sample.
      4. 12 Midnight collection: Repeat the collection procedure described in Step 2, using the other tube. Replace cap tightly on tube to prevent leakage. Write your name and the date you collected sample on the label. Place the label on the tube.
      5. Place the tubes into the biohazard bag provided.
      6. Enclose the biohazard bag, along with the completed and signed Health Screen Request Form into the return box provided. Place the box into the prepaid mailing envelope and mail as indicated. Plan to return your samples on the day of collection. If you are unable to do so, refrigerate samples overnight and mail the next day.

Results and information are for personal use only, are not intended to diagnose, cure, mitigate, treat, or prevent disease or other conditions, and are not intended to provide a determination or assessment of the state of health.

Note: Not available to New York state residents.

Landmark Thyroid (TSH) Test

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Thyroid (TSH) Test

  • Accurate – Nationally Certified Laboratory result
  • Convenient – Self-collected at home with single finger nick
  • Easy – Clear, step by step instructions
  • Affordable – Includes postage & lab services
  • FREE shipping on this product

Measures a substance called Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)

Complete instructions are enclosed, and sample collection is extremely easy and virtually painless. A single finger nick using an enclosed lancet is all it takes. Simply deposit a few drops of blood on the collection card and wait 15 minutes for it to dry, place the card in the enclosed postage paid envelope along with your completed Test Request Form, and drop in the nearest US mialbox.

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After your sample is analyzed at our laboratory, you will receive an easy-to-read report by return mail that will provide you with important information you and your physician can use to determine your overall thyroid health. Most people find that their results are within normal ranges, but if a serious irregularity is discovered, early detection greatly increases your chances for successful treatment.

The TSH Test is used to evaluate thyroid function and to aid in discovery of either an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) or an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism). The test is frequently conducted in advance of physician ordered T3 and T4 testing when thyroid abnormalities are discovered. TSH testing is also used at regular intervals to monitor the effectiveness of treatment for a thyroid disorder.

A few of the common symptoms of an Underactive Thyroid are:

● Weight Gain
● Fatigue
Depression
● Dry Skin
● Cold Intolerance
● Hair Loss
● Forgetfulness

A few of the common symptoms of an Overactive Thyroid are:

● Weight Loss
● Nervousness
● Fatigue
● Heat Intolerance
● Muscle Weakness
● Insomnia
● Heart Palpitations

Biological Risk Factors for thyroid disease include:

● Known Thyroid Disorder
● Goiter
● Diabetes
● Anemia
● Premature Gray Hair

Family History Risk Factors include:

● Diabetes
● Pernicious Anemia
● Thyroid Disease
● Primary Adrenal Insufficiency

This TSH Thyroid Screening Test provides the same clinical results that can be obtained from a local medical laboratory without the high expense and inconvenience of physician appointments, laboratory fees, and often painful and unnecessary procedure of direct venous or arterial blood draws. The test is performed at home, takes less than 10 minutes and results are obtained in approximately the same time as those routinely ordered through a physician.

Professional’s Note:

Collection materials come standard packaged in individual kits but may be bulk-packed for your convenience.

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