5 Things You Didn’t Know About Adrenal Fatigue

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When you feel like you’re just not operating at your fullest potential, you may have symptoms of adrenal fatigue. This frequently misunderstood condition is likely caused by chronic stress.

Your adrenal glands, located just above your kidneys, control the production of many hormones that are related to the fight-or-flight response you feel when you encounter a stressful situation. But when your entire life feels like a fight-or-flight situation, you may well develop health issues.

Dr. Jessica Cho of Wellness at Century City has years of expertise providing integrative treatments to resolve adrenal fatigue. Here are five things that most people don’t know about the condition.

1. Adrenal insufficiency and adrenal fatigue are not the same thing

Adrenal insufficiency, which is also called Addison’s disease, is not the same thing as adrenal fatigue. If you’ve been diagnosed with adrenal insufficiency, your adrenal glands don’t produce the hormones your body needs because of some underlying medical condition.

If you have adrenal fatigue, you probably don’t have an underlying medical condition, yet you feel symptoms. For example you may experience:

These symptoms can make you feel as if you can’t keep up or as though you’re operating in a fog.

2. There is no laboratory test for adrenal fatigue

Dr. Cho can’t simply draw blood and test to determine if your adrenal glands are functioning as they should be. However, she can measure the levels of certain hormones in your blood, take a detailed medical history, and talk to you about your life.

By understanding when your body produces the hormone cortisol, which is related to stress, Dr. Cho can establish whether you may have some issue with your adrenal glands. She talks to you about your medical history in order to learn when your potential problems began.

Dr. Cho’s skill, knowledge, and experience with this condition give her the necessary tools to put you on the path to wellness. If she believes you have adrenal fatigue, she works with you to develop a treatment plan that fits into your life and helps you feel better.

3. Your lifestyle matters when it comes to your health

Some types of stress simply can’t be avoided. For instance, if you have children or a demanding job, you live with a certain amount of stress. Simply existing in modern society can feel stressful at times.

But if you feel as if you’re always three steps behind where you should be, and it’s beginning to affect your health, you can work with Dr. Cho to identify how to reduce the amount of stress in your life. Whether you add meditation or curtail the number of commitments you have, there are concrete ways to reduce stress, which should help ease your body out of a perpetual state of fight or flight.

4. Treating adrenal fatigue often means learning to live more healthfully

When it comes to adrenal fatigue, the treatment often involves creating a more healthful life overall. For instance, good nutrition has a positive impact on your overall health and also improves the function of your adrenal glands.

Similarly, a regular exercise routine helps relieve stress, improves your overall health, and can help alleviate adrenal fatigue. Developing an exercise program that fits into your life and that you enjoy is often a critical part of treating adrenal fatigue.

5. Adrenal fatigue requires personalized treatment

Once Dr. Cho has determined that you have adrenal fatigue, she develops a treatment plan that is designed specifically for you. In other words, your adrenal fatigue may mean that you lack an appropriate level of one hormone, while someone else may lack enough of a different hormone.

Dr. Cho suggests supplements, vitamins, and lifestyle changes based on your test results and your situation instead of using a single approach to treating adrenal fatigue generally.

If you’re experiencing symptoms and would like to learn more about adrenal fatigue, request an appointment online or by phone at Wellness at Century City. Dr. Cho is happy to answer your questions.

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