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Underactive adrenal glands

Sunday 22 March 2009

Adrenal glandsDr Sarah Myhill has written an article about the problems associated with underactive adrenal glands as well as suitable treatments.

Dr Myhill begins her article by describing the glands:

“It produces adrenaline, which stimulates the instant stress hormone response (fight or flight reaction). It also produces cortisol and DHEA, which create the short- and long-term stress hormone responses.

• Cortisol suppresses the immune system, breaks down tissues and has a generally catabolic effect [breakdown of large molecules into smaller ones to release energy].

• However, these effects are balanced out by DHEA, which has the opposite effect - activating the immune system and building up tissues.

All these hormones are made from cholesterol - just one reason why running a low cholesterol is not necessarily a good thing! Both cortisol and DHEA are essential for life - too little cortisol causes the life threatening Addison's disease; too much causes the debilitating condition Cushing's syndrome.”

The full article can be found here:

ProHealth: Underactive Adrenal Gland - Stresses and Problems with the Body's 'Gear Box'



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