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ADRENAL FUNCTION URINE TEST
Monitor your health through your adrenals
The Adrenal Glands
The adrenal glands (also known as suprarenal glands) are the triangular-shaped endocrine glands that sit on top of the kidneys. They are
chiefly responsible for releasing hormones in conjunction with stress through the synthesis of corticosteroids and catecholamines, including
cortisol and adrenaline (epinephrine), respectively
Anatomically, the adrenal glands are located in the retroperitoneum situated atop the kidneys, one on each side. They are surrounded by an
adipose capsule and renal fascia. In humans, the adrenal glands are found at the level of the 12th thoracic vertebra. Each adrenal gland is
separated into two distinct structures, the adrenal cortex and medulla, both of which produce hormones. The cortex mainly produces cortisol,
aldosterone, and androgens, while the medulla chiefly produces epinephrine and norepinephrine.
The adrenal cortex produces other hormones necessary for fluid and electrolyte (salt) balance in the body such as cortisone and aldosterone.
The adrenal cortex also makes sex hormones but this only becomes important if overproduction is present.
The adrenal glands are controlled in part by the brain. The hypothalamus, a small area of the brain involved in hormonal regulation, produces
corticotropin-releasing hormone and antidiuretic hormone. These two hormones trigger the pituitary gland to secrete corticotropin (also known
as adrenocorticotropic hormone or ACTH), which stimulates the adrenal glands to produce corticosteroids. The renin-angiotensin-aldosterone
system, regulated mostly by the kidneys, causes the adrenal glands to produce more or less aldosterone.
The adrenal glands produce hormones that help control the heart rate, blood pressure, the way the body uses food, and other vital functions.
The adrenal cortex secretes steroid (cortisone-related) hormones and mineralocortoids that regulate the levels of minerals such as sodium and
potassium in the blood.
The adrenal medulla makes adrenaline (adrenaline) and noradrenaline (noradrenaline). Adrenaline is secreted in response to low blood levels of
glucose as well as exercise and stress; it causes the breakdown of the storage product glycogen to the sugar glucose in the liver, facilitates
the release of fatty acids from adipose (fat) tissue, causes dilation (widening) of the small arteries within muscle and increases the output
of the heart. Noradrenaline is a neurohormone, a neurotransmitter, for of most of the so-called sympathetic nervous system.
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The Adrenal Function Urine Test was produced in collaboration with and the results were validated by Kemetco Research Inc. based
in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada - 2010
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