Adrenal insufficiency is also known as adrenal hypofunction or adrenal fatigue. It is a later stage of decompensation of the adrenal glands after the initial stage of adrenal stress. It sets in when chronic stressors continue to act on the body, which can no longer react, causing decreased cortisol and DHEA output.
What are symptoms of Adrenal Hypofunction?
Decreased cortisol and DHEA output lead to a decrease in gluconeogenesis which then manifests in hypoglycemia, hunger, depression, low energy and the following symptoms:
- Reactive Hypoglycemia
- Low blood pressure
- Chronic inflammation
- Excessive anxiety
- Poor memory
- Menstrual irregularities
- Alcohol intolerance
- Digestive complaints
- Salt cravings
- Weakness and dizziness
- Extreme fatigue after exercise
- Poor circulation
What you may see on your blood test
- Increased potassium levels
- Normal or decreased sodium levels
- Increased cholesterol and triglycerides
Adrenal Stress can be confirmed by a comprehensive hormonal test like the DUTCH Hormone Analysis.
What are the causes of Adrenal Hypofunction?
Many of the causes of Adrenal insufficiency are related to the cause of chronic stress. The body has basically lost the ability to compensate in the face of these stressors:
- Anger, anxiety, worry, guilt, depression
- Excessive exercise
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Sleep deprivation
- Pain and injury
- Staying up late
- Low blood sugar
- Trauma: mental/emotional/physical
Some of the Sources of Chronic Stress
- Environmental Toxins
- Heavy metals
- GI Infections
- Oral infections
Do you experience any of the symptoms associated with adrenal fatigue and realize that there are some of the above-listed stressors that are impacting your life and health?
Contact me if you need help finding and addressing your root causes, and getting symptom-relief. I will help create your individual nutrition and lifestyle protocol to achieve long-lasting health.