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high cortisol levels

By Anonymous February 13, 2012 - 9:54am
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i had two 24 hour test that showed very high levels of cortisol.
Then i had blood and urine test done that showed normal levels of coritsol levels
are normal. what does this mean?

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Hi Anon

Thank you for your question!

Cortisol is a hormone - considered a "stress" hormone that is made in the adrenal glands.

There are various tests for cortisol - this is because there are different kinds of cortisols; one called protein bound and one called free cortisol. The protein-free cortisol combo is tested by blood whereas the free cortisol alone, is tested by urine.

What kind of tests did you have first- the ones you said showed high levels of cortisol? Were these also blood/urine, or saliva or a combination?


February 13, 2012 - 12:23pm
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