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Endocrine (Hormones)
Written by Maff     July 21, 2009    
Although providing the saliva samples throughout the day is a bit inconvenient (and it is often hard to even produce the required amount of saliva) it is worth it to understand how your adrenal glands are functioning.I have had two ASI tests and the results for cortisol in particular have correlated exactly with my symptoms.

Cortisol levels are supposed to be highest in the morning to give us the drive and energy to get going. They are then supposed to decline gradually throughout the day, reeaching their lowest level at night to allow sound sleep.

My results show that my cortisol levels are low in the morning, which explains my inability to wake up and get going until late morning (10:30-11:00). They then rise and peak around 12-1 and this is when I am feeling a lot better and am my most productive. My cortisol then falls and reaches a low at 4pm when I experience a corresponding period of drowsiness and it is a real struggle to carry on being active. My results then indicate my cortisol shoots up at night which explains why I find it hard to relax in the evening and don't go to bed until late. My sleep is also of very poor quality.

I should explain that I have suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome for 18 years from the age of 12 and these results are typical of an ME/CFS patient.

The results have been very helpful to me and I have found licorice is effective at boosting my low morning cortisol while phosphatidylserine blunts my high night time levels and allows me to sleep better. The results also showed generally low DHEA and I have found DHEA supplementation to be very useful at improving my stress resistance, mood, and general feelings of well-being.

I'd recommend this test to anyone suffering from chronic stress and associated symptoms as well as those suffering from ME/CFS, fibromyalgia, and unexplained chronic illness.

Overall rating 
 
9.0
Ease of use 
 
7.0
Value for money 
 
9.0
Usefulness of results 
 
10.0
Would you recommend? 
 
10.0
Maff Reviewed by Maff July 21, 2009
Last updated: July 31, 2009
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Helped explain many symptoms and guided treatment

Although providing the saliva samples throughout the day is a bit inconvenient (and it is often hard to even produce the required amount of saliva) it is worth it to understand how your adrenal glands are functioning.I have had two ASI tests and the results for cortisol in particular have correlated exactly with my symptoms.

Cortisol levels are supposed to be highest in the morning to give us the drive and energy to get going. They are then supposed to decline gradually throughout the day, reeaching their lowest level at night to allow sound sleep.

My results show that my cortisol levels are low in the morning, which explains my inability to wake up and get going until late morning (10:30-11:00). They then rise and peak around 12-1 and this is when I am feeling a lot better and am my most productive. My cortisol then falls and reaches a low at 4pm when I experience a corresponding period of drowsiness and it is a real struggle to carry on being active. My results then indicate my cortisol shoots up at night which explains why I find it hard to relax in the evening and don't go to bed until late. My sleep is also of very poor quality.

I should explain that I have suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome for 18 years from the age of 12 and these results are typical of an ME/CFS patient.

The results have been very helpful to me and I have found licorice is effective at boosting my low morning cortisol while phosphatidylserine blunts my high night time levels and allows me to sleep better. The results also showed generally low DHEA and I have found DHEA supplementation to be very useful at improving my stress resistance, mood, and general feelings of well-being.

I'd recommend this test to anyone suffering from chronic stress and associated symptoms as well as those suffering from ME/CFS, fibromyalgia, and unexplained chronic illness.

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Written by Angela
April 25, 2012
Hi there,
I am curious to know what form of DHEA supplementation you used...was it a cream or an oral supplement? I am having difficulty finding a doctor in Brisbane who understands the relationship between CFS and Adrenal Fatigue, and the necessary treatments. My DHEA levels have been low on 2 blood tests but the doctors I have seen refuse to believe they are low enough to warrant any treatment...or any that they would be comfortable enough administering. DHEA has been given such a bad rap and many GPs are VERY sceptical about it's use in CFS...but I have read so many reports from people (like yourself) detailing its benefits. If you took an oral supplement, which brand did you use?
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Maff Written by Maff
April 25, 2012
Hi Angela,
I had success with oral tablets and capsules and found that the brand was not really an issue...they all worked for me. But FYI I have used Natrol, Life Extension, Jarrow Formulas and a few others. I tried one cream and that did not seem to have any effect which leads me to think that first pass metabolism through the liver (which orally administered DHEA undergoes) is important. I would say that it is important that you work with a doctor on this as DHEA does have many benefits but can also have side-effects, it is a steroid hormone after all. Hopefully you can find a doctor who practices functional medicine. Good luck.
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