Monday, August 13, 2012

Hypoadrenia and Adrenal Fatigue, Part II

Did you know that with adrenal fatigue or hypoadrenia you can suffer a broad range of symptoms and disorders the most severe being Addison’s disease where the adrenals, basically, don’t function or barely at all.  People with Addison’s disease usually have to take corticosteroids in order to function with some sort of normalcy. 

The adrenals, also known as “the stress glands,” help you deal with stress. Whether it be stress, disease or injury. They produce the steroid hormones to give you energy and endurance to deal with all of life’s challenges. 

Corticosteroids such as catecholamines and cortisol, epinephrine and norepinephrine are produced by the adrenals.

Cortisol controls how the body uses fats, proteins, and carbohydrates.

Corticosterone works with cortisol to suppress inflammation and affects the immune system.

Aldosterone affects blood volume and blood pressure.

Epinephrine and norepinephrine work together creating the physical reactions regulating stress responses known as the fight or flight response. 

Norepinephrine is a hormone in the catecholamine group. This hormone affects attention, focus and plays a role in depression.

Epinephrine also known as adrenalin, is also a hormone and neurotransmitter in the catecholamine group and also plays a large role in the fight or flight response.

Adrenal fatigue occurs when the activity of the  adrenal glands become diminished. This can be so severe that it can get to the point where it even becomes difficult to get out of bed in the morning. When adrenal activity diminishes, it affects it causes changes in metabolism, the heart and cardiovascular system, sex drive, and even body shape. 

More to come…..

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