An article posted Here outlines the affects of overstimulated adrenal glands and how a hormone imbalance creates this over-stimulation. If the symptoms and changes outlined below fit you, please contact us here at the Roby Institute.
We hear about stress and experience stress every day of our lives. But, do we really know how bad it is, how it really impacts our overall health?
Every challenge to the mind and body creates a demand on the adrenals. The result is adrenal glands that are constantly on high alert. The adrenal glands are walnut-sized glands located on top of each kidney, and are important control centers for many of the body’s hormones. The outer layer of the gland produces cortisol, DHEA, estrogen and testosterone. The center of the glands produce adrenaline. The symptoms of adrenals that are overburdened are fatigue, insomnia, weight gain and depression. If those symptoms are left untreated,it can suppress the immune system, impact muscle and bone loss, cause skin problems and autoimmune disorders.
Cortisol helps us meet our everyday challenges by converting proteins into energy. It does this by releasing glycogen and counteracting inflammation. In the short run that’s fine, but an overproduction of cortisol will gradually tear down your body.
When the adrenals are chronically overworked and straining to maintain high cortisol levels. they lose the capacity to produce DHEA in sufficient amounts. Since DHEA is a precursor hormone to estrogen, progesterone and testosterone, that’s not good. You can experience fatigue, bone loss, decreased muscle mass, depression, aching joints, low sex drive, and impaired immune function. So you see, excessive stress is counterproductive in managing our menopausal systems and is just plain bad for our health overall.
So what can you do if you feel adrenal fatigue? Unfortunately, this gets a little dicey. Many physicians focus on treating symptoms with medication and might not dig deep enough to get to the underlying cause. Like a lot of other diagnostic tests we take, cortisol levels that fall into a very broad range might be considered normal.
If you worry that you are experiencing these changes in hormones or hormone imbalance, please contact us for a consultation.