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Cortisol Which is the best way to measure cortisol if the objective is to measure the level of chronic stress.  Blood, urine or saliva.  ?

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Dr. Philip Miller
Family Medicine

In brief: Blood and a 24 hr.

urine evaluation.

In brief: Blood and a 24 hr.

urine evaluation.
Dr. Philip Miller
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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine

In brief: Good question

All can have there plus and minuses.
The serum blood test is best done at 8 in AM. This is when cortisol is most consitent as to wheter it is high or low. Urine is usually best measured over 24hours. Sputum is easy to obtain, and is reliable.

In brief: Good question

All can have there plus and minuses.
The serum blood test is best done at 8 in AM. This is when cortisol is most consitent as to wheter it is high or low. Urine is usually best measured over 24hours. Sputum is easy to obtain, and is reliable.
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
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