ALD is a hormone made by the adrenal glands, two small glands located above the kidneys. ALD helps control blood pressure and maintain healthy levels of sodium and potassium, balancing the amount of fluid in our body to keep our nerves and muscles work properly.
Interpretation: Either low or high values could be serious , considering the water and electrolyte balance of our body. ALD may be high, if adrenal glands make too much ALD due to a tumor in adrenals (Conn’s Syndrome:primary aldosteronism). It is also high in preeclampsia. It may be low in Addisson’s disease, If there is a problem with adrenals to make the hormone. Additionally, ALD may be low in Secondary Adrenal Insufficiency due to a defect in the levels of pituitary hormones regulating ALD production.
Sample: Arm vein blood.or urine sample (24 hours;see sample collection procedures) Nonfasting.
Working day: Everyday
Result Time: Next Day 6:00 PM