Adrenal Dysfunctions

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Understanding the Signs and Symptoms   Most of us are running on stress, caffeine, and minimal sleep. As a result, insomnia, anxiety, fatigue, and poor digestion seem to have become the new normal.   Many practitioners do not specialize in hormones and can easily overlook these common medical red flags. The goal today is to help you understand the difference between hypothyroid and adrenal fatigue symptoms so you will feel more empowered to test, treat, or refer out as needed.   Common Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms vs. Hypothyroid Symptoms   Thyroid Gland   The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland that drapes across the front of your windpipe. It releases thyroid hormone, which controls the growth and metabolism of essentially every part of your body.   Hypothyroidism   Hypothyroidism is a result of the thyroid

Your body is talking to you, but you're not sure how to interpret the message: You're inexplicably tired all the time, you can't concentrate, and you're crankier than usual. Your skin is also dry, your hair seems to be thinning, and you're gaining weight. What's going on?    A quick search with Google will point you toward a number of possible diagnoses, with hypothyroidism and adrenal fatigue likely topping the list. The only way to get to the root of your problem is to see a real live MD, who ought to take a thorough history, do a physical, and perhaps run a few tests. In the meantime, here's some insight into whether a thyroid or adrenal issue might be to blame.   Think

It may not get as much attention as other parts of the body - your thyroid is a major player in your health. The thyroid is an endocrine gland located in the front of the neck. It produces thyroid hormones that regulate a variety of body functions including heart rate, body temperature and the release of energy to cells. The amount of hormones produced by the thyroid gland must be balanced for the body to operate properly.   It is increasingly important to help people recognize symptoms of thyroid imbalance so they can be addressed as early as possible. When a thyroid produces too little hormone, it is known as hypothyroidism. When too much hormone is produced, it is known as hyperthyroidism.    Women

Thyroid and Adrenal functions are intimately related as they are part of the same system – The Endocrine System. The endocrine system is the collection of glands that produce hormones that regulate metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, mood, and blood sugar balance.   The glands within the endocrine system include the hypothalamus, pituitary and pineal glands located in the brain; the thyroid, parathyroid, thymus and adrenals glands; the pancreas, ovaries and testes. During pregnancy, the placenta is also considered a part of the endocrine system.   The pancreas has both endocrine and exocrine function. The exocrine function of the pancreas produces enzymes to support digestion of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. The endocrine function of the pancreas produces insulin and