Adrenal Fatigue: diagnosis and treatment is possible.
Adrenal glands are the keepers of physiologic balance so our body can function in a healthy manner. The hormones secreted by the Adrenal glands go to every tissue, gland and organ in the body in direct proportion to the total amount of stress the body senses. The Hypothalamus must sense the stress and signal a response through the Pituitary, but the Adrenal glands must provide the correct response for adaptation to stress. Hence they can affect everything from energy to sleep, weight, and our responses to illnesses and how fast we can recover from an illness. Even in illnesses as common as the Flu, if symptoms linger, low adrenal function must be considered. Dr. James Wilson is the bestselling author of Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome. He describes Adrenal Fatigue as “a problem of monstrous proportions largely unrecognized by the medical establishment”. Adrenal glands must react to every kind of stress, including those of physical, emotional, psychological, biochemical, hormonal, chemical or biological origins to maintain physiological homeostasis.
How to test for Adrenal Fatigue: Laboratory tests are helpful to confirm the presence of Adrenal Fatigue. However blood levels are cortisol often do not detect Adrenal fatigue. The ACTH Stim test also misses adrenal fatigue in most cases except those that are very very severe. The best laboratory test to use is the Salivary Cortisol Test taken at 4 different times in one day. At the same time I also recommend testing the DHEA and other hormone levels via a separate blood test for a more comprehensive evaluation and to provide effective treatment.
Treatment: The mainstay of treatment should always be an individualized approach as some may have only mild Adrenal Fatigue and some may have moderate and others may have severe Adrenal exhaustion. A detailed review of patients symptoms in conjunction with evaluation of their Laboratory test results will determine which vitamins, herbs or supplements may be most suitable for their unique presentation. Please talk to your physician first and discuss how you can be properly tested for Adrenal Fatigue. Only after a detailed review of your symptoms and clinical presentation, should an individualized treatment be outlined for you.
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