November 10, 2016
Become a Holiday Hero

The holiday season is officially here and, while it conjures good tidings and cheer for many, others are weighted by the stress they associate with it. According to a poll by the American Psychological Association, almost 70 percent of Americans are stressed by the feeling of having a lack of time, almost 70 percent are stressed by a perceived lack of money and over 50 percent are stressed by the pressure of gift giving or receiving. What do all of these stressors translate to? For many, stress results in physical symptoms such as fatigue, sleep disturbance, difficulty concentrating, irritability, low morale, appetite changes and more. Perhaps not as obvious, these stress related ills may equate to underperformance at work, costing a workplace as much as 400 percent more than the impact of simply not being present at all!

The influence of stress is clearly felt by many, if not the majority of Americans, yet quantification of stress is often left to subjective reports and evaluation. With stress linked to six leading causes of death (heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis and suicide) and more than 75 percent of all physician office visits occurring for stress-related conditions, ideally providers would be able to regularly and objectively measure stress for all of their patients. Fortunately, this can easily be done with Labrix’ salivary hormone testing. It is well recognized that saliva is a superior medium for measuring cortisol levels and is the only recognized medium utilized to measure the Cortisol Awakening Response (CAR). The CAR is well-established in current medical literature as a marker of endocrine dysfunction and a stress-sensitive measure of HPA axis function. CAR is a standard physiologic response that results in highest daily cortisol levels 30 minutes after awakening. Chronic stress affects cortisol levels and the HPA axis as a whole, resulting in a dysregulation of HPA axis and response to stress. With chronic stress, this dysregulation is often observed as a down regulation and can be observed as a downward shift in the CAR – a quantitative and accurate measurement of stress for all patients!

Labrix salivary cortisol testing is specifically designed to identify the CAR for your patients with every comprehensive cortisol assessment. Evaluate cortisol levels for your patients and help them quantify their stress, develop successful treatment interventions, and impact their overall health and performance – in addition to helping help them sustain this festive season and become their holiday hero!

References:
  • Hall DL, et al. Stress management skills, cortisol awakening response, and post-exertional malaise in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2014 Nov;49:26-31.
  • Roberts. Et al. Salivary cortisol response to awakening in chronic fatigue syndrome. Brit J of Psy (2004). 184, 136-141.
  • Holiday Stress. Greenberg Qunklan Rosner Research. Dec 12 2006. https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2006/12/holiday-stress.pdf


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Labrix Advanced
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Las Vegas, NV
February 10-12, 2017

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Portland, OR
December 3-4, 2016

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December 9-11, 2016

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