Hypoadrenia (a.k.a. Adrenal Fatigue)

Coastal Medical Clinic - Myrtle Beach, SC.

Cortisol is the only hormone in the human body that increases with age. It is also one of your steroid hormones. Cortisol and DHEA are both made by your adrenal glands which also make most of your steroid hormones after menopause.

Cortisol has many important functions in your body:

  • Balancing blood sugar
  • Weight Control
  • Immune system response
  • Bone turnover rate
  • Stress Reaction
  • Sleep
  • Protein Synthesis
  • Mood and thoughts
  • Affects pituitary/thyroid/adrenal system

Abnormal cortisol levels are associated with:

  • Menopause
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Fibromylagia
  • Depression
  • Impotence
  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Panic Disorders
  • PMS
  • Infertility
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Osteoporosis
  • Heart Disease

All of the hormones in your body work together. In order for you to have good health they all have to be balanced and at an optimal level. When your adrenal glands are in a “state of emergency” you don’t feel well. You may find yourself reaching for coffee, soft drinks or sugar for sources of energy. This makes matters worse. If your adrenals stay hyper-stimulated then they eventually weaken or “burn out”. This is why your DHEA and cortisol levels are so low and also one of the reasons that your progesterone levels are not optimal.