Cortisol Awakening Response
The Cortisol Awakening Response – also called CAR – reveals more detailed clues that help in assessing adrenal hormone/HPA Axis dysfunction. Six cortisol collections in 24 hours is the most common method for assessing CAR. Start saliva collection within five minutes of waking for the day, followed by a second sample at 30 minutes, and a third sample at 60 minutes. The rest of the diurnal rhythm can be assessed at the normal time intervals – noon, evening and night.
Cortisol Awakening Response Profile includes: Saliva: DS, Cx6
Consider for: PTSD, major depression, chronic fatigue syndrome and other severe stress conditions.
In order to asses the response capacity of the HPA axis, this test includes 6 small saliva tubes for collecting samples at waking, 30 mins after, 60 minutes after, noon, evening and night.
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