Understanding Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal fatigue is an often misunderstood condition caused by impaired adrenal function. When your body experiences stress of any kind, your adrenal glands send out the hormone cortisol and adrenaline to help you get through the stressful situation. 

When you go through periods of prolonged or intense stress, your adrenal glands must keep producing high amounts of stress hormones. When overused, these glands don’t function properly. 

As a result, your body suffers more than an inability to respond well to stress. It can trigger long-term issues with hormonal balance that negatively affect your health and well-being. 

Eugene Guerre Jr., MD, at Genesis Weight Loss and Wellness Centers has years of experience providing treatments to help resolve adrenal fatigue. Take a moment to learn more about adrenal fatigue and what you can do to overcome it.    

Adrenal insufficiency vs. adrenal fatigue 

Adrenal insufficiency, or Addison’s disease, and adrenal fatigue are two very different conditions. When you have adrenal insufficiency, which is a rare health condition, your adrenal glands don’t function properly because of an underlying medical issue. 

Adrenal fatigue, on the other hand, isn’t the result of any underlying medical condition. It’s believed to be caused by prolonged or intense stress. 

Despite the lack of a physical underlying cause, adrenal fatigue can cause very real symptoms, including:  

Adrenal fatigue can also trigger feelings of brain fog and even cause your skin to change color (hyperpigmentation).

Diagnosing adrenal fatigue

There are no lab tests that can determine whether you have adrenal fatigue. Instead, Dr. Guerre evaluates your symptoms, takes a detailed medical history, and asks you questions about your life and lifestyle. He can also measure the levels of certain hormones in your blood.  

Because he has expertise with hormones and understands how and when you produce the hormone cortisol, Dr. Guerre can establish if you may have an issue with your adrenal glands. 

His skill, knowledge, and experience with this condition and other conditions related to hormone regulation give him the tools to put you on the path to wellness.

If Dr. Guerre believes you may have adrenal fatigue, he works with you to develop a customized treatment plan that fits into your life and helps you feel better. 

Treating adrenal fatigue 

With adrenal fatigue, treatment often includes creating a healthier lifestyle, in addition to other therapies. 

For example, if you have adrenal fatigue, good nutrition is essential to improving the functionality of your adrenal glands. It also helps improve your overall health and mental well-being. Likewise, a regular exercise routine helps you better manage stress, improves your overall health, and alleviates the symptoms of adrenal fatigue. 

Because everyone’s experience with adrenal fatigue is different, you need an evaluation with an experienced professional, like Dr. Guerre. For example, your adrenal fatigue may mean you have too little of one hormone, while someone else may lack sufficient levels of a different hormone. 

Dr. Guerre may suggest specific supplements, vitamins, and lifestyle changes based on your test results and your unique situation. He may also recommend bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) to help treat your adrenal fatigue. 

BHRT and adrenal fatigue

BHRT is a natural treatment option that helps alleviate the symptoms of hormonal imbalance in men and women. Bioidentical hormones come from plants and have the same chemical structure as the hormones your body naturally produces. 

BHRT works to increase levels of hormones like cortisol, norepinephrine, and adrenaline to help you overcome adrenal fatigue while optimizing your overall hormone balance so your adrenal glands can recover. 

At Genesis Weight Loss and Wellness Centers, our team customizes the makeup of your BHRT  to treat your specific hormone issues.

If you’re experiencing symptoms of adrenal fatigue and want to learn more about how we can help you, contact our Brooksville, Florida, location by calling 352-597-7700 today.

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