This diurnal/cortisol hormone imbalance saliva testing provides an effective method to determine excessive or insufficient levels of cortisol in your body, as well as monitor the expected high and low levels of the cortisol hormone during a 24-hour period. It requires four samples of saliva taken at different times: morning, noon, evening, and nighttime.
Cortisol is an important steroid hormone produced by the adrenal glands to help you combat stress. Your levels of cortisol fluctuate normally throughout the day. However, if you experience persistent cortisol imbalance, you’re likely to experience health issues including fatigue, high blood pressure, memory issues, depression, weight gain/loss, inflammation, prolonged illnesses, aches and pains, infertility and common colds.
This Cortisol hormone test is recommended once in a while, particularly if you’re experiencing cortisol imbalance-related symptoms. Monitoring your cortisol hormone levels daily helps in the screening and diagnosis of certain diseases. Cortisol level is usually at its highest between 6-8 A.M. and falls during the day. Increased and decreased cortisol level may be an indication of pituitary and adrenal gland problems. In addition, people who do not experience a diurnal variation - the rise and fall of cortisol level during the day - may be suffering from Cushing Syndrome.