A 41-year-old female asked:
Why are saliva and urine tests for cortisol only valid for high cortisol? why don't endocrinologists feel saliva testing is valid for low cortisol?
2 doctor answers • 3 doctors weighed in
Pathology 45 years experience
Because it's not: There is a "pop" school of independent medical thought that holds that people who feel somewhat unwell have "hypophyseal-pituitary-adrenal axis syndrome" / "adrenal fatigue" and will screen for this on a spot salivary cortisol & Rx some herbals or vitamins. The danger of this hokey diagnosis is that you'll miss a real explanation -- emotional or physical -- for your symptoms.
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General Practice 36 years experience
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Last updated Nov 24, 2018
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