The DUTCH (Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones) test is currently the most comprehensive lab test available in the market. Therefore, it is not surprising that reading the patient reports can be a bit overwhelming at the beginning.
In order to help you with the learning curve, Dr. Tim Hyatt, ND has written this quick article to walk you through some basic conditions to keep an eye out for when analysing your results.
As a long time physician, I consider myself to be a holistic and functional medicine practitioner, always looking for reliable tests to confirm or deny my clinical suspicions and help patients achieve a higher level of function and performance. When it comes to diagnosis and treatment for conditions involving the endocrine system, there is often great complexity and an endless amount of choices in putting together a diagnostic workup that is revealing, but also cohesive in its entirety. Each individual test result offers insight into the function of the particular patient; with many results, we can often see how each are related and come up with a treatment plan that makes sense for the patient and helps them reach optimum function.
In the world of functional medicine, bodily fluids remain the most valuable source of information along with a thorough intake and physical exam. The most commonly used fluids are blood components, urine, saliva, and occasionally stool samples. Choosing the bodily fluid and the marker can be a challenge because there is rarely a consensus on which tests are better for diagnosing given conditions, with benefits and limitations to each.
Every day I consult with healthcare providers who are new to the DUTCH test and more often than not, they mention the complexity and amount of comprehensive information that can be gleaned from these results.
The DUTCH test has proven to be of great clinical utility for testing sex and adrenal hormones (as well as their metabolites), as it gives you insight into many other conditions, if you know where to look. Below, are a few examples of the conditions to keep an eye out for.
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