What is adrenal dysfunction?
Adrenal dysfunction is a disorder in which the adrenal glands fail to produce enough hormones. Your adrenal glands are located just above your kidneys. When these glands produce too little cortisol and, often, too little aldosterone, serious medical problems can develop. Adrenal dysfunction can occur in all age groups and both sexes.
What are the symptoms?
The signs and symptoms of adrenal dysfunction include:
- Extreme fatigue
- Decreased appetite
- Weight loss
- Low blood pressure
- Low blood sugar
- Body hair loss
- Sexual dysfunction in women
- Abdominal pain
- Nausea or vomiting
- Muscle or joint pains
What are the causes?
Your adrenal glands are made up of two sections: the medulla (interior) and the cortex (outer layer). When the cortex is damaged and doesn’t produce enough adrenocortical hormones, the condition is called primary adrenal insufficiency. This is most often the result of an autoimmune disease. For an unknown reason, your immune system may view the adrenal cortex as something foreign that it should attack.
Tuberculosis, infections of the adrenal glands, and cancer to the adrenal glands can all cause adrenal gland failure.
Secondary adrenal insufficiency occurs when the pituitary gland does not produce enough hormones. Most symptoms of secondary dysfunction are similar to primary cases. However, those with a secondary insufficiency do not have hyperpigmentation and are less likely to suffer from low blood pressure or severe dehydration. Low blood sugar is more likely. If you take corticosteroids for asthma or arthritis, it may temporarily cause a secondary insufficiency.
How does InBloom Health treat adrenal dysfunction?
At InBloom Health in Londonderry, New Hampshire, we provide hormone balancing and bio-identical hormones to treat adrenal dysfunction. We offer the latest in hormone testing to help optimize your hormones and bring balance back into your life. A hormone imbalance can be identified through blood work and saliva or urine metabolite testing. There are many natural options to treat hormone imbalance and to find how we can help you, schedule a consultation today.
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If you suffer from adrenal dysfunction, schedule a consultation at InBloom Health. Our friendly, knowledgable medical staff will ensure that you get the hormonal treatments you need so that you can feel like yourself again. To get started, give us a call at (603) 818-8777 or book your consultation online using the button below.