Mental illness is a very serious issue and I see many patients who struggle with it. These can range from depression, anxiety, mood, sleep, etc. We typically run a few labs to see what is going on physiologically and then have a paradigm of sequential steps we follow to help them move forward. Please see a sample lab we can run to determine a baseline for you. We are always here to help you or your children with these concerns.
About the 205 – Functional Adrenal Stress Profile plus V
Test Type: Saliva
Analytes: Cortisol, Averaged DHEA-S, Progesterone, Estradiol, Estriol, Estrone & Testosterone
Sample Collection: 4 samples collected throughout a single day
Processing Time: 6 to 8 business days
CPT Codes: 82530 x 4, 82627 x2, 82670, 82677, 83519, 84144, 84403
This profile is used to evaluate the adrenal glands and hormone balance. In the event of adrenal exhaustion and imbalances in the reported hormones, underlying causes must be determined through additional lab testing and investigation into environmental and lifestyle factors, while also supporting the endocrine system with therapies and lifestyle modification.
When the body is under chronic stress, pregnenolone, the precursor to all other steroidal hormones, is diverted to produce cortisol (known as pregnenolone steal or cortisol escape – see Steroidal Hormone Principal Pathways). This is to the detriment of all other steroidal hormones (such as DHEA and its metabolites, including progesterone, testosterone, and the estrogens). As pregnenolone is diverted to cortisol, DHEA depletion begins. The result is an elevated cortisol-to-DHEA ratio. A normal ratio is approximately 5:1 to 6:1.
Profile #205 includes additional hormones for a more complete view into the impacts of chronic stress on the individual’s core body systems. A vast amount of information can be gathered through this profile.
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