Who should take this test and why it’s essential:
Recommended for individuals experiencing negative health symptoms caused by chronic stress or anxiety. Take control of your well-being and order your MLD Stress Level Test today.

Stress Level Test Kit

Discover the MLD Stress Level Test Kit:
Measure Cortisol, the  body’s ‘Stress Hormone.’ High cortisol levels can contribute to weight gain, weakened immune system, acne, thinning hair, fatigue, diabetes, and more.

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Low to Moderate Pain
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Choose How You'd Like To Collect Your Sample

Quickly collect your sample from the comfort of your home using our ground-breaking Quick Draw device or traditional finger prick lancet.

*Receive guidance on using our QuickDraw collection device effectively with a free virtual appointment


Collection Method


Our Quick Draw device makes sample collection easy, fast and pain free.  



Finger Stick

Collection Method


For those looking for a low cost option, we offer a traditional Finger Stick collection method with a lancet collection device.



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Stop by one of our labs or schedule a mobile concierge to have your sample collected by one of our licensed healthcare professionals.

What this Test measures


Cortisol is produced by the adrenal glands and is the primary stress hormone.  It’s your body’s natural “flight or fight ” response.

High cortisol levelshigh cortisol levels can be caused by underlying issues such as overactivity or cancer of the pituitary or adrenal glands, chronic stress or medication side effects. 

Low cortisol levelslow cortisol levels mean the adrenal glands aren’t making enough cortisol. This could be caused by Addison’s disease, removal of the adrenal glands, certain genetic disorders, or certain antifungal medications.

  • Weight gain around midsection and upper back
  • Rounding of the face
  • Muscle weakness
  • Severe fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • High blood pressure
  • Headache
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Dehydration
  • Decreased appetite
  • Low blood pressure
  • Depression
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
  • Salt Craving

How At-Home Testing Works

Step One

Select The Test That's Right For You

Collect your own lab sample anytime, anywhere through an easy-to-use test kit that’s shipped direct to you.

Step Two

Collect And Return
Your Sample

Quickly collect your sample from the comfort of your home using our ground-breaking Quick Draw device or traditional finger prick lancet.

Step Three

View Your

Your lab results will be available on your personal online dashboard. Results are in an easy-to-understand educational format that helps you manage your health.

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All tests are processed through our university backed, CLIA certified labs and HIPAA secure results are delivered in real time. After your test is processed, we offer in-depth results to not only help you make important decisions about your health in conjunction with your treating physician or medical team, but solutions to any health issues that may be discovered during the process.

Questions? We Have Answers.

How does cortisol impact my body's daily performance?

Cortisol, the body’s primary stress hormone, is produced by the adrenal glands.  Normal levels of cortisol are released when you wake up in the morning or exercise.  In small doses, cortisol can heighten memory, increase your immune system and lower sensitivity to pain.  Overproduction of cortisol caused by chronic high stress causes negative side effects such as increased blood sugar levels, weight gain, suppressed immune system, digestive problems and heart disease which leads to high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke.

Can high levels of cortisol impact my immune system?

Research has shown that chronic stress and anxiety can have a negative impact on our immune system. This is due to the body’s overproduction of cortisol for sustained periods of time. When cortisol is doing its job, it works quickly during times of high stress to reduce inflammation throughout the body. It does this by reducing the antibodies that cause inflammation. While this process is necessary in small doses, it is not ideal in the long run. If you have chronic stress, cortisol is suppressing the antibodies you need to fight off infection on a regular basis, making it harder for you to recover from illness. 

How does cortisol affect weight?

You’ve been exercising and managing your diet and it’s paying off –  the number on the scale is decreasing.  Yet you can’t seem to lose that stubborn belly fat. This could be due to the stress hormone cortisol. Research has shown that high cortisol levels increase the accumulation of fat for men and women in the belly area. Cortisol influences things like digestion and metabolism, mood, and immune system responses. Finding ways to manage your stress will help get your cortisol levels under control, which could help you in targeting that unwanted fat.

When should I take my test?

Please prepare to test first thing in the morning. Be sure to drink plenty of water before testing! Being well hydrated will help increase blood flow and improve the testing experience. 

*Note: Do not test on a Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or Holiday. Your sample must be picked up, dropped at a dropbox location or brought to FedEx on the same day you test.

What will my results tell me?

MLD’s Stress Test At Home test results will provide detailed information regarding your cortisol levels.  Our easy to navigate patient dashboard will tell you if yourcortisol levels are low, normal or high. 

Can I share my results with my healthcare provider?

Your results can be easily shared with your healthcare provider, and in fact, we encourage you to share your data in order to obtain the treatment you might need.  Contact us for a network of healthcare providers that specialize in treating hormone deficiencies.

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