28 Sep



Adrenal Dysfunction

The adrenal glands are small but very powerful glands that sit atop each of your kidneys located in the middle of your back.  They are really two separate organs combined into one location – the outer portion called the adrenal cortex and the inner portion called the adrenal medulla.  The focus of this text is on the adrenal cortex.

The cortex serves primarily a hormonal function – among the main functions of the adrenal cortex are the regulation of the mineral metabolism (sodium, potassium, chloride), water balance, metabolism (utilization and distribution of carbohydrates, protein, and fat), allergic and immune reactions (such as hypersensitivity, allergies, and autoimmune diseases), and production of the male and female hormones (progesterone, testosterone, estrogens, DHEA, etc.).

Some of the signs of adrenal insufficiency are often similar to those found in persons who are hypoglycemic.  Some of the more common complaints reported include:

    • Inability to concentrate
    • Excessive fatigue, especially in the morning (hard to get going…)
    • Nervousness and irritability
    • Mental depression
    • Apprehensions
    • Excessive weakness
    • Lightheadedness, especially upon standing up quickly
    • Faintness and fainting
    • Insomnia
    • Frequent infections
    • Intolerance to stress

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