Adrenal Gland Problems You May Have and Not Know It

Adrenal Glands are two small glands located above your kidneys that have a primary function to reduce stress in our bodies. Adrenal glands also control blood sugar levels, burn fat and protein and release different hormones, such as cortisol. The adrenal glands also produce aldosterone, adrenaline and small amounts of sex hormones. Many of these hormones released helps our bodies deal with stress. When you have adrenal gland problems your body can not adequately produce cortisol which is a key hormone in our bodies.So with that being said these two small glands play a vital role in our bodies and when they are not working properly can cause a lot of problems for you that you maybe unaware of.

How Adrenal Gland Problems Play A Role In Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome

The primary cause of Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome is that your adrenal glands are not working properly. Your adrenal glands are important for the production of cortisol. The role of cortisol includes:

  • Reduction of Inflammation
  • Regulating Blood Pressure
  • Balancing Blood Sugar Levels
  • Aids In Stress Relief
  • Suppresses Immune System
  • Suppresses Adrenal Fatigue

So, overall if your adrenal glands are not functioning properly you will have high blood sugar levels, high blood pressure, inflammation and among other things be more susceptible to Adrenal Fatigue.

NEM Stress Response System and Adrenal Glands

Your body, organs systems and brain work together with your adrenal glands in order to produce cortisol and reduce stress. The NEM Stress Response shows how if one system is affected by stress how it will affect another and so on and so forth. Your adrenal glands play an important role in sleep, digestion, energy levels, stress reduction and other aspects of your life. If your adrenal glands are not functioning properly it will cause a whole slew of problems for you leading up to Adrenal Fatigue and could eventually be fatal if not treated properly.

Here are some important questions in regards to Adrenal Fatigue and Problems with your your adrenal glands.
Many digestion and gastrointestinal issues can be attributed to adrenal gland problemsQ: How is my digestion affected by weak adrenals?

A:Digestion issues, such as diarrhea, constipation, gastritis, acid reflux and Irritable Bowel Syndrome are commonly seen with adrenal gland problems such as Adrenal Fatigue. This can be due to many reasons, including assimilation as well as internal dysbiosis issues.

Q: Why does having adrenal fatigue cause me to have more food allergies?

A: Allergic (from food or chemicals or simply sensitivities) and asthma reactions usually have strong adrenal components. Many allergies involve the release of histamine and other pro-inflammatory substances. The body’s response is to produce cortisol, a strong anti-inflammatory hormone. The weaker the adrenals, the higher the frequency of allergies. This is because the more histamine is released, the more cortisol it takes to control the inflammatory response and the harder the adrenals have to work to produce more cortisol. When the adrenals are eventually exhausted, cortisol output is compromised, allowing unopposed histamine to inflame the bodily tissues more. This vicious circle can lead to progressively deepening adrenal gland problems and producing more severe allergic reactions.

Practicing healthy stress management skills can lessen adrenal gland problemsQ: My children are on necessary medication. I know putting this kind of stress on their body at a young age can affect them later in life. What steps can I take to help prevent any unnecessary strain on their bodies so they do not have adrenal issues as an adult?

A: Teaching your children to take care of themselves in stress managements, proper diet and exercise as well as taking some necessary supplements to help the body maintain its balance is the best route.

If you have taken prescription sleep aids for a long time, you should wait until you adrenal gland problems reside before weaning offQ: How do you feel about controlled prescription sleep aids? Do they make adrenal fatigue worse?

A: It is better to have good sleep at night to help with Adrenal Fatigue recovery. If you have been using prescription sleep aids for many years, you should not stop until you are better, and only then slowly wean off under your doctor’s supervision.

Q: I’ve noticed many sites popping up about adrenal fatigue. How do I know who is right and who is wrong?

A: The more you read, the better you are educated. There are different stages of Adrenal Fatigue as well, so each site may address things differently. The key is to learn as much as you can so you can make your best decision. One key is clinical experience, and at least 10 years is the minimum. Also, the case load must include those in advanced stages where a person is incapacitated. Many practitioners would abandon their patient once severe AFS is at hand. You may want to learn more about Adrenal Fatigue.

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  • Dawn says:

    I was pregnant with my daughter when I was finishing nursing school and taking state boards. very stressed.
    My daughter had asthma as a child. She had issues with bed wetting way into preadolescence. my daughter was diagnosed at 9yo with PCOS. She has had uncontrolled blood pressure that no medications effect, low mcv, cortisol levels on a 24 hour urine we were told was low but I nml range. We have been to doctor after doctor without any resolve or diagnosis. We found a pcos specialist and he told us she does NOT have pcos.
    He felt it was an adrenal gland issue. He stated her menses symptoms would be increased as they seem to be but nothing in her blood or urine tests have shown that. She is now 29 with a creatinine rising now at 3.2. She continues to have sleep issues, wakes up in the am like she has been running a race with her heart racing. her mcv has been low since this all began, headaches, muscle cramping and weakness, anxiety/panic attack feelings, pale skin at times, blurred vision at times with temporary loss of sight in her right eye(caused by the HBP we were told by the eye specialist) it has resolved at this time, food cravings, salty or sugar, stomach issues-diarrhea, constipation. Her physicians just say its serious but do not know what to do.
    Until we find the cause she will continue to deteriorate. Desperate mother trying to save her daughter

  • Irmgard says:

    I suffer from a slow pulse (52 resting). Low blood pressure. (80s/50s). Constant dipping of blood sugar. I have very uncomfortable palputations after some meals. I get very cold for about half an hour. Even on a hot day, followed by a a surge of overheating. At night I wake up with palputations and can’t sleep again.
    What supplements can I bake?

    • Dr.Lam says:

      You should see your doctor first to focus on the reasons why you have metabolic issues and heart palpitations. Lab test including thyroid may be indicated. Some of the symptoms can be adrenal driven.
      Click Adrenal Exhaustion for more information.

      Dr Lam

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