Adrenal fatigue can be defined as a medical condition in which the adrenal glands are functioning at a sub-optimal level. This inappropriate function of the adrenal glands occurs at rest, under stress and in response to any kind of demand (persistent or intermittent). Adrenal fatigue features a drop in the level of hormones produced by the adrenal glands. The patient feels tired and this tiredness can eventually increases to the level of general fatigue. This condition is rather frequent as our lives become more hectic and we are exposed to huge amounts of stress.
Causes of Adrenal Fatigue
As a result of hectic life style many people are simply stressed out. Excess of stress is considered to be the leading cause of adrenal fatigue. Apart from stress problems such as those in relationships, prolonged illnesses, financial problems, death of a close person and lack of sleep may additionally contribute to the disease.
Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue
The initial symptom of adrenal fatigue is lingering tiredness. The fatigue is excessive and one simply cannot function properly. Tiredness is not associated with lack of sleep since it is reported even in people who get plenty of sleep. Furthermore, patients suffering from adrenal fatigue complain about noticeable lack of energy and stamina. The explanation is easy. The adrenal glands do not produce sufficient amount of adrenalin hence the lack of energy. This particular hormone is essential for boosting body's energy and stamina. And finally, the third characteristic symptom of adrenal fatigue is an unexpected decrease in one's sexual desire. Low libido develops as a consequence of insufficient production of the DHEA hormone which is a precursor of female and male sex hormones, estrogens and androgens. Apart from the three previously mentioned symptoms of adrenal fatigue which always occur, a person may also complain about anxiety, panic attacks, cravings for sweet or salty food, low blood pressure, nervousness, heart palpitations, thinning or loss of hair and weight gain. Sugar levels as well as immunity may be low and in some cases a person may show signs of depression.
Diagnosis and Treatment for Adrenal Fatigue
Apart from the typical symptoms of adrenal fatigue a diagnosis and treatment can be set after certain tests are performed. They include Ragland's sign blood pressure test, pupil dilatation examination and salivary cortisol test.
Treatment for adrenal fatigue may include, a well-balanced diet rich in all the necessary nutrients, vitamins and minerals. One should make changes in their life style in order to reduce stress or find the appropriate way of coping with it. Regular exercises can be rather effective in reduction of body reaction to stress. And finally, adequate sleep and abstaining from alcohol and cigarettes may also improve patient's energy levels.