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Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal Fatigue in Men

One of the most common health complaints today is the experience of fatigue and lethargy. If you have fatigue along with other symptoms such as difficulty concentrating, insomnia, inability to lose weight, feeling anxious, allergies, or brain fog, adrenal fatigue syndrome (AFS) may be at the root of the problem. Adrenal fatigue consists of many nonspecific but debilitating symptoms. The onset of this condition is often slow and insidious. Sufferers are told that they are stressed and need to learn to relax more. The real truth is that stress and adrenal fatigue are not that mysterious at all. The problem is most physicians don’t know how to test for it and more importantly, they don’t know how to treat it. Unfortunately, most physicians do not take adrenal fatigue syndrome seriously and therefore treat the condition with antidepressants and sleeping pills. Worse yet, some physicians will treat this condition with thyroid medication even if the thyroid hormones are perfectly normal.

The Adrenal Glands

Male adrenal fatigue and stress go hand in hand. The adrenal glands, two triangle-shaped glands found above the kidneys, are responsible for regulating the body’s response to stress. The chief adrenal hormone used to manage stress is cortisol. The adrenal glands secrete cortisol in response to stress (Physical and Emotional), low blood sugar, excitement, and during exercise. The highest amount of cortisol is secreted by the adrenals in the morning which helps us begin our day, with levels slowly decreasing as the day progresses.

What is Male Adrenal Fatigue?

When your stress level remains excessive for a prolonged length of time, the adrenal glands respond by producing the adrenal hormone, cortisol, continually. When stress is not properly managed or when it becomes extreme, the ability for the adrenal glands to function optimally is compromised causing us to turn to coffee and other caffeinated beverages, or worse, sugar-laced foods for energy.  Unfortunately, this over -exertion taxes the adrenal glands to the point where the glands are unable to produce the necessary levels of cortisol to keep up with the level of demand. This causes the adrenal glands to become overstimulated and potentially “Burn Out” leading to a worsened case of adrenal fatigue symptoms. This hormone imbalance induced fatigue affects all the other hormones in the body, producing a chain-like reaction. While attempting to maintain high cortisol production to manage the chronic stress levels, the adrenal glands are unable to maintain the production of other necessary hormones. One such hormone is DHEA, or dehydroepiandrosterone. DHEA is vital to maintaining the balance of hormones in your body and low amounts of this important hormone contribute to male adrenal fatigue symptoms.

Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms in Men
  • Waking up in the middle of the night, often times with your mind racing.
  • Yo-yo energy throughout the day.
  • Loss of Muscle mass and strength
  • Diminished Sex Drive
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Crash after lunch
  • Boost of energy in the evening.
  • Waking up tired in the morning.
  • Difficulty falling asleep at night
  • Mid-day Fatigue
  • Craving for sweets and salty foods
  • A tendency to feel cold
  • Reduced tolerance for stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Increased susceptibility to infections
Adrenal Fatigue Treatment

The Steps to Natural Hormone Balance for Men At Hope Health & Wellness, we have successfully helped men suffering from adrenal fatigue with comprehensive, customized treatment plans. The first step in treating adrenal fatigue is to get a complete comprehensive lab testing to determine cortisol levels. Adding bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and a targeted, high-quality supplement regimen are often the next steps. To maintain healthy adrenal function, you should avoid hydrogenated fats, excessive caffeine, refined carbohydrates, alcohol, and sugar. Instead, you should eat a diet that includes quality protein with regular meals of high nutritional value.  Eating at least every three hours keeps your blood sugar stabilized which will control blood sugar related stress problems placed on the adrenal glands. Getting eight hours of sleep every night is essential to give the adrenals an opportunity to repair. Furthermore, taking time to evaluate daily and situational stressors and practice stress management with deep breathing, meditation, or yoga can be very beneficial in addition to your customized nutritional program and supplements. Following a specific program customized for your needs, adrenal fatigue can be managed, and often times even reversed.

Adrenal Fatigue in Women

One of the most common health complaints today is the experience of fatigue and lethargy. If you have fatigue along with other symptoms such as difficulty concentrating, insomnia, inability to lose weight, feeling anxious, allergies, or brain fog, adrenal fatigue syndrome (AFS) may be at the root of the problem. Adrenal fatigue consists of many nonspecific but debilitating symptoms. The onset of this condition is often slow and insidious. Sufferers are told that they are stressed and need to learn to relax more. The real truth is that stress and adrenal fatigue are not that mysterious at all. The problem is most physicians don’t know how to test for it and more importantly, they don’t know how to treat it. Unfortunately, most physicians do not take adrenal fatigue syndrome seriously and therefore treat the condition with antidepressants and sleeping pills. Worse yet, some physicians will treat this condition with thyroid medication even if the thyroid hormones are perfectly normal.

The Adrenal Glands

Post Menopause Stress and adrenal fatigue go hand in hand. The adrenal glands, two triangle-shaped glands found above the kidneys, are responsible for regulating the body’s response to stress. The chief adrenal hormone used to manage stress is cortisol. The adrenal glands secrete cortisol in response to stress (Physical and Emotional), low blood sugar, excitement, and during exercise. The highest amount of cortisol is secreted by the adrenals in the morning which helps us begin our day, with levels slowly decreasing as the day progresses.

What is Female Adrenal Fatigue?

When your stress level remains excessive for a prolonged length of time, the adrenal glands respond by producing the adrenal hormone, cortisol, continually. When stress is not properly managed or when it becomes extreme, the ability for the adrenal glands to function optimally is compromised causing us to turn to coffee and other caffeinated beverages, or worse, sugar-laced foods for energy.  Unfortunately, this over -exertion taxes the adrenal glands to the point where the glands are unable to produce the necessary levels of cortisol to keep up with the level of demand. This causes the adrenal glands to become overstimulated and potentially “Burn Out” leading to a worsened case of adrenal fatigue symptoms. This hormone imbalance induced fatigue affects all the other hormones in the body, producing a chain-like reaction. While attempting to maintain high cortisol production to manage the chronic stress levels, the adrenal glands are unable to maintain the production of other necessary hormones. One such hormone is DHEA, or dehydroepiandrosterone. DHEA is vital to maintaining the balance of hormones in your body and low amounts of this important hormone contribute to male adrenal fatigue symptoms.

Fatigue Symptoms in Women
  • Waking up in the middle of the night, often times with your mind racing.
  • Yo-yo energy throughout the day.
  • Crash after lunch
  • Loss of Muscle mass and strength
  • Diminished Sex Drive
  • Boost of energy in the evening.
  • Waking up tired in the morning.
  • Difficulty falling asleep at night
  • Mid-day Fatigue
  • Craving for sweets and salty foods
  • A tendency to feel cold
  • Reduced tolerance for stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Increased susceptibility to infections
Adrenal Fatigue Treatment:

The Steps to Natural Hormone Balance for Women At Hope Health & Wellness, we have successfully helped men suffering from adrenal fatigue with comprehensive, customized treatment plans. The first step in treating adrenal fatigue is to get a complete comprehensive lab testing to determine cortisol levels. Adding bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and a targeted, high-quality supplement regimen are often the next steps. To maintain healthy adrenal function, you should avoid hydrogenated fats, excessive caffeine, refined carbohydrates, alcohol, and sugar. Instead, you should eat a diet that includes quality protein with regular meals of high nutritional value.  Eating at least every three hours keeps your blood sugar stabilized which will control blood sugar related stress problems placed on the adrenal glands. Getting eight hours of sleep every night is essential to give the adrenals an opportunity to repair. Furthermore, taking time to evaluate daily and situational stressors and practice stress management with deep breathing, meditation, or yoga can be very beneficial in addition to your customized nutritional program and supplements. Following a specific program customized for your needs, adrenal fatigue can be managed, and often times even reversed.

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