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Does CT affect cortisol results?

Discussion in 'Optimal Labs' started by Eve, Jul 30, 2012.

  1. Eve

    Eve New Member

    I just ordered a Dirunal Cortisol Saliva test kit...Do I have to stop CTing beforehand? Or is that just for sex hormones?
  2. I wish I knew the right answer for you but I suspect it will affect it since CTing is supposed to be real good for the adrenals (speaking as an adrenally challenged person). Hopefully someone else will chime in here and correct me if I am wrong.
  3. Souldanzer

    Souldanzer Banned

    Dr K has answered this before..... salivary cortisol tests your cortisol over the last few months and it shouldn't be affected by an acute rise in cortisol due to CT.

    That said, there's plenty of people on this forum who chose to not CT the day of salivary cortisol testing despite.
  4. bigknitwit

    bigknitwit Silver

    Cortisol levels over the last few months? Really? So when I did mine back in March, I had weaned off the HC and all adaptogens for 2 weeks prior. But in reality it was measuring my average levels over the months prior? That would explain why my ASIlooked so reasonable compared to the reality of my symptoms off the HC...
  5. vkiernan

    vkiernan Silver

    Dr. K answered my question about being off HC before retesting and he said a few days. I would think you would be ok. You should retest in a couple of months I would think anyway just to make sure you are on the right path. I think he mentioned somewhere about 1 test isn't enough.

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