Anabolic/Catabolic Index – Spot Urine (Test Code 1305)

The 17-ketosteroids are the major metabolites of DHEA and testosterone and reveal that these androgens have effectively been used. The 17-ketosteroids and total OH Corticoids are a measure of anabolism and catabolism respectively. Their ratio gives an indication of adrenal insufficiency.


Spot Urine (Test Code: 1305): 17-ketosteroids, Total OH Corticoids, ratios, creatinine.


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The 17-hydroxy steroids measure reduced products of cortisol and its immediate precursor, 11-deoxycortisol, excreted in urine.  The results provide an indication of the activity of the glucocorticoid pathway (amount of steroids catabolised and excreted).

The 17-ketosteroids measure DHEA and the reduced catabolic product of 4-androstenedione, androsterone.  The results indicate the activity of the androgen pathway.

Common Conditions:

  • Anxiety
  • Headaches
  • Poor concentration, ‘brain fog’
  • Fatigue, lethargy
  • Salt cravings
  • Mild depression
  • Lack of stamina
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Irregular sleeping patterns




NutriPATH practices in the usual practitioner-referral system for pathology laboratories. Patients are highly recommended to seek the supervision and guidance of a qualified healthcare practitioner for the interpretation of any lab results and associated information. NutriPATH can offer assistance in locating a suitable practitioner.


Total OH corticoids