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Cortisol Test

Cortisol Test

Cortisol is often referred to as your body’s “stress hormone,” but it has many roles in the body, including helping to control blood sugar levels and regulating energy metabolism.

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Cortisol is produced in the adrenal glands and is released in response to stressors like illness and exercise. This test measures your cortisol levels to determine whether your levels are high or low.

Cortisol plays an important role in a number of things your body does. For example, it:

  • Manages how your body uses carbohydrates, fats, and proteins
  • Keeps inflammation down
  • Regulates your blood pressure
  • Increases your blood sugar (glucose)
  • Controls your sleep/wake cycle
  • Boosts energy so you can handle stress and restores balance afterward
Cortisol test

Is this Test Right for Me

Testing alone cannot be used to diagnose a medical condition. Your healthcare provider will use your test results, in combination with your symptoms, medical history, family history, and physical exam, to determine the appropriate next steps for evaluation and treatment.

Your test results will provide detailed information on the key biomarkers measured and whether levels are normal, low, or high. When measured together, the levels of these indicators offer a broader overview and greater insight into your overall health and wellness.

The biomarkers measured by saliva are:

You should take this test if you suffer from:

  • Weight gain
  • Large purple coloured stretch marks
  • Hyperpigmentation of your skin
  • Low or high blood sugar
  • Chronic abdominal pain
Collection Method: Saliva Collection

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your sample

Please follow the instruction manual provided. Your quick at-home collection is all we need to do a thorough lab analysis.


your sample

Simply place your sample in the packaging provided and send it to our approved lab — the shipping costs are on us


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Get first hand access to your invaluable health data. View your results and recommendations online. Knowledge is power!

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Cortisol 101

Think of cortisol as nature’s built-in alarm system. As such, it is important to make sure your cortisol levels are regulated. It’s your body’s main stress hormone.

Some common symptoms and conditions associated with cortisol are:

  • Weight gain
  • Large purple coloured stretch marks
  • Hyperpigmentation of your skin
  • Low or high blood sugar
  • Chronic abdominal pain

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take for me to receive my results?

Results are typically sent within 7-10 business days from the time we receive your sample.

Who can order a DM6 Health test?

This test is only for adults aged 18 and older. Unfortunately, this test is not available in the state of New York due to state regulations.

Does my insurance cover DM6 tests?

The answer is maybe. Check with your provider to see if they cover it. An HSA or FSA account might be an option for you.

How long will it take for my order to arrive?

Orders are processed for shipping within 24 hours from the time they are received. Please allow 4-5 business days for your order to arrive

Do You Offer Refunds?

If a test was purchased on and your order hasn’t shipped, we can offer a full refund upon request. If your order has already shipped, we can offer a full refund minus $30.00 to cover shipping and handling fees. In addition, if you notify us that a submitted test was used by a minor before our lab begins processing, we can offer a refund minus $30.00. If we discover that an account was created and contains results from a minor, we will remove the account within 24 hours and no refund will be issued.

What is cortisol?

Cortisol is the primary stress hormone that fine-tunes our response to the stress of everyday living

How do I know if I have too much cortisol?

Too much cortisol can cause some of the hallmark signs of Cushing syndrome — a fatty hump between your shoulders, a rounded face, and pink or purple stretch marks on your skin. Cushing syndrome can also result in high blood pressure, bone loss and, on occasion, type 2 diabetes.

How can I test my cortisol levels at home?

By ordering a saliva kit from Dm6 Health you can take these tests at home. Once our lab analyzes the test, people usually receive their results within a few days. Individuals should follow up on any test results with a healthcare professional.