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Aldosterone is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands, located right above the kidneys. This hormone is responsible for controlling blood pressure and maintaining the level of electrolytes such as potassium and sodium in the body.
When the electrolytes are in order, the body has enough fluids, and all the muscles and nerves function properly. So, if the aldosterone levels are abnormal, it can hamper your body's functioning.
Usually, doctors also prescribe the renin test along with the aldosterone test. Renin is a hormone secreted by the kidneys which signals the adrenal glands to produce aldosterone. This combined test is often named the aldosterone-plasma renin test, aldosterone-renin ratio test, or aldosterone urine test.
The aldosterone test is done through a blood test, wherein a blood sample is taken from your arm. The aldosterone level may vary depending on whether you get the blood test while standing or lying down. It is always best to take the blood sample in both positions.
Another way to measure aldosterone is through a urine test collected during a 24-hour time slot. In simple terms, you need to collect your urine throughout the day, store it in a container and keep it for ice cooling.
Getting the aldosterone test done can help:
So, if you observe any of the following symptoms, you might be suffering from excessive aldosterone production:
And, if you notice any of the following symptoms, your body may be producing too little aldosterone:
These symptoms require proper testing, so it is wise to reach out to your healthcare practitioner for the diagnosis and further instructions.
Make sure that you do not consume any of the following medicines for a minimum 2 weeks before taking the aldosterone test:
Additionally, do not consume extremely salty food like canned soup, chips, bacon, pretzels, soy sauce, etc., for at least 2 weeks.
You can also ask your healthcare provider if you need to change your diet or medications.
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Medically reviewed by Dr.Sunil Kumar, Sr Nephrologist, Apollo Multispeciality Hospitals, Kolkata.
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The information mentioned above is meant for educational purposes only and should not be taken as a substitute to your Physician’s advice. It is highly recommended that the customer consults with a qualified healthcare professional to interpret test results