Alan C. Dalkin MD


Home Blood Glucose Test

Discusses test to measure blood sugar (glucose) levels in those who have diabetes. Covers why and how it is done. Looks at what might affect the test. Covers risks.

Home Blood Glucose Test

Discusses test to measure blood sugar (glucose) levels in those who have diabetes. Covers why and how it is done. Looks at what might affect the test. Covers risks.

Overnight Dexamethasone Suppression Test

The overnight dexamethasone suppression test checks to see how taking a steroid medicine called dexamethasone changes the levels of the hormone cortisol in the blood. This test checks for a condition in which large amounts of cortisol are produced by the adrenal glands ( Cushing’s syndrome ). Normally, when the…

Pituitary gland

The pituitary gland is a small organ located beneath the brain. The pituitary gland produces substances called hormones. These hormones enter the bloodstream and help control many processes of the body.

Cortisol

Cortisol is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands, which are located just above the kidneys. Cortisol affects almost every organ in the body and is important for body functions such as breaking down glycogen and fat for energy, managing stress, and maintaining blood pressure. Cortisol levels increase when the…