Suffering From Adrenal Fatigue? - Part 2

Written by Anil Bajnath, MD
Posted June 9, 2022

Dear Longevity Insider,

In today's fast-paced world, it's not surprising that many of us are dealing with some degree of adrenal fatigue. We're constantly bombarded with stimuli, whether it's the never-ending stream of news and social media, the demands of our jobs, or the pressures of everyday life. It's no wonder we're feeling stressed out!

Chronic stress is the leading cause of adrenal insufficiency. When we're constantly under stress, our adrenal glands become overworked and unable to keep up with the demands placed on them. This can lead to a decrease in the production of stress hormones, as well as DHEA. As a result, we may experience a wide range of symptoms, including fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, and depression.

To make matters worse, our lifestyles are often not conducive to good adrenal health. We're not getting enough rest or relaxation, we're eating processed and sugary foods, and we're not getting enough exercise. All of these factors can contribute to adrenal fatigue.

There are many different sources of chronic stress, including:

  • Job stress
  • Relationship stress
  • Financial stress
  • Caregiving stress
  • Health problems
  • And more!

Adrenal Fatigue Not Recognized in Medicine

Although adrenal insufficiency is not a recognized medical diagnosis, many people experience the condition. In fact, it's estimated that up to 80% of Americans suffer from some degree of adrenal insufficiency.

What is recognized in the medical community is other forms of adrenal insufficiency, such as Addison's disease and Cushing's syndrome. These conditions are caused by damage to the adrenal glands or a decrease in the production of adrenal hormones. While they share some symptoms with adrenal insufficiency, they are different conditions.

Addison's disease is a rare disorder that occurs when the adrenal glands produce insufficient levels of hormones. This can be due to damage to the adrenal glands, or a decrease in the production of adrenal hormones. Symptoms include fatigue, weight loss, low blood pressure, and muscle weakness.

Cushing's syndrome is another rare disorder that occurs when the body produces too much cortisol. This can be due to a tumor on the adrenal gland, or medications such as corticosteroids. Symptoms include weight gain, fatigue, and high blood pressure.

While Addison's disease and Cushing's syndrome are medical conditions that can be diagnosed and treated, adrenal fatigue is not recognized as a medical condition. 

Conclusion

While adrenal fatigue is not a recognized medical condition, it is a real phenomenon that can have a significant impact on our health. 

Adrenal concerns and HPA axis dysfunction, whether called adrenal fatigue or not, are real. The causes are multifactorial but often include poor diet, nutrient deficiencies, and chronic stress. Left unattended, adrenal fatigue can lead to a wide range of health problems.

If you think you may be suffering from adrenal fatigue, it's important to see your doctor. They can help you rule out other conditions and develop a treatment plan that's right for you. Your provider will most likely do a cortisol test. This test measures the levels of cortisol in your blood, urine, or saliva. If your cortisol levels are low, it may be a sign of adrenal insufficiency.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating adrenal fatigue. However, there are things you can do to help your body recover. The first step is to identify the factors that are contributing to your stress. This may include poor diet, nutrient deficiencies, and chronic stress. Once you've identified the root cause of your stress, you can begin to make lifestyle changes that will help your body recover.

To your longevity,

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Anil Bajnath MD
CEO/Founder, Institute for Human Optimization
Chief Medical Officer, Longevity Insider HQ

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