Saliva Testing

Saliva Testing: More Accurate Than Blood in Hormone Assessment

Most medical doctors base their diagnosis’ solely on the results of blood tests.  Quite often, however, hormone levels in the body have been imbalanced for years before the imbalance will be revealed on standard blood tests.  Do you really want to suffer for years before an abnormal level on a blood test will give your medical doctor an reason to put you on a prescription medication, or do you want to take your health into your own hands and be the master of your own destiny?

Blood tests do a great job of diagnosing major disease states, and are inadequate at diagnosing all but the most severe of hormone imbalances.  You have to have major liver damage before your liver enzymes will elevate above normal on a blood test, and the same goes for the thyroid and adrenals.  This is because the body will go to great lengths to keep blood levels of hormones, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes within a normal range.

I have seen countless cases in my clinic of patients of mine who were suffering with multiple symptoms of hormone imbalance who had normal blood tests.  But when we tested their hormone levels using saliva the results showed that their hormones were imbalanced, and perfectly matched the symptoms they were experiencing.

Saliva testing is a far more accurate method of analyzing hormone levels in the body, especially stress hormones and sex hormones.  For years in my clinic I have used saliva testing to assess various stages of adrenal gland weakness and endocrine imbalance.  Below are just a few reasons cited by the laboratory that I use for my testing, Diagnos-Techs:

“Saliva testing has many advantages over blood testing. Saliva specimen collection does not require a blood draw and there are no risks to patients. Saliva collections are convenient and can be done at work or at home. When stored properly, saliva samples are stable for several weeks.

With an accuracy of 92-96%, saliva testing is more accurate than blood testing. The ability to collect more than one specimen is another advantage of saliva testing because this can give providers more information than a single collection. Compared to blood testing, saliva testing is also more affordable.

The method of testing saliva that Diagnos-Techs, Inc. uses is called ELISA testing. For more in-depth information about this kind of testing please see Why Saliva?/Saliva Testing at a Glance .

There are several different ways of measuring the hormones in a person’s body. Most blood and serum tests look only at the level of hormones that are present in a person’s tissues. This is known as “bound hormone levels”.

Saliva testing looks at the “unbound hormone levels” also known as “free fraction hormone levels” which are the hormone levels that are available to be used by the body’s tissues. This gives providers a better idea of the levels of hormones that are actually influencing the tissues, rather than just the level of hormones that are present in the tissues.

Measuring free fraction hormone levels gives a provider more information than measuring bound hormone levels. Usually, when bound hormone levels are measured, a provider needs to guess at the level of hormones affecting the tissues. This is not the case when measuring free fraction hormone levels.

The accuracy of saliva testing, together with its affordability, convenience, and the ability to collect multiple specimens makes saliva testing superior to blood testing.”

Below are examples of 2 saliva hormone testing results by Diagnos-Techs:  The Adrenal Stress Index, and the Male Hormone Panel.