Stress, and especially chronic stress, can lead to non-trivial and sometimes quite serious illnesses, including auto-immune and cardiovascular diseases, depression and burnout. This is often mediated by cortisol, which follows a circadian (diurnal) pattern.
(Rotate your Smartphone to display a circadian graphic.) A circadian cortisol secretion pattern provides output for the Persometrics Stress Reports, plotting your cortisol throughout the day. Several risk factors can be read from the secretion pattern; high secretion overall (area under the curve), flattened awakening response (cortisol level does not increase as it should in the first hour after waking up), and flattened slope from morning to evening (the secretion of cortisol does not subside like it is meant to).
Our stress reports will provide you with all this information, and what it means, and with scientific background for those with special interest. You will be able to compare yourself with the general population, and you can also plot your progress, by comparing future test results to previous ones.
Note that due to our strict data protection procedures, we cannot provide such comparisons, as your data is irretrievable by us.
The Persometrics Extended Stress Hormone Profile gives you a fully personalised extensive stress hormone profile based on in-depth hormone analysis including cortisol and DHEA-S (Dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate). The report contains early predictors of burnout and other stress-related illnesses, in addition to circadian secretion showing your daily pattern of the activation of the HPA-axis. Includes full interpretation of your data and personalised lifestyle advice for people with your given psycho-endocrinological profile. The Persometrics Extended stress hormone profile adds to the original Stress Hormone Profile. This profile is based on analysis of two different hormones on five samples of saliva that you yourself will obtain in your home or at a place of your choosing (6 saliva samplings; 6 laboratory analyses). You will receive your results on all samples as well as scientifically validated indexes (the Awakening Response and Circadian Profile, slope and total secretion for cortisol and Alpha-Amylase, as well as Cortisol over DHEA-S ratios), interpreted in relation to normative data, and a full report which tells you if you are at risk of stress-related illnesses such as burnout and early aging. This report can also show abnormally high cortisol values during the day. The report further includes personalised lifestyle advice to let you take actions to avoid such illnesses, such as what time of day is recommended for people with your adrenal profile to do exercise and what dietary modifications to perform if any. Beware that any such changes must be discussed with a health care practitioner before undertaken. We recommend retaking this test after six months of undertaking any therapy you may be following (such as lifestyle changes or wellness treatment) to assess progress, or to see whether daytime stress has been lowered.