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ADRENAL GLANDS: CORTISOL and DHEA

Prolonged or acute stress in childhood or adulthood can cause irregularities in our “stress response”, primarily modulated by the nervous system and hormones made by the Adrenal glands (our stress management gland).   An irregular stress response results in many symptoms and diseases.  Hormone signalling from the Hypothalamus and Pituitary glands direct what the endocrine glands (ie Thyroid, Adrenal) do (ie secretion of cortisol, DHEA, Free T4).  In turn the hormones secreted by our endocrine glands communicate back to the Hypothalamus and Pituitary glands.  When working well, it is the perfect symphony and perfect second by second communication pathway.  If any of the signalling hormones or glands are not working optimally, symptoms and then chronic disease will ensue.  Cortisol affects virtually every hormonal system in the body, so it is “the driver of the car” so to speak.

Normal daily cortisol curve: Cortisol levels in Red fall between the reference ranges in black.

Abnormal daily cortisol curve: Cortisol levels in blue fall below the dotted reference range.

Some Symptoms of Adrenal Imbalance:

  • Apathy
  • Burned out feeling
  • Chemical sensitivities
  • Inability to cope with stress
  • Joint and/or Muscle Pains
  • Cold Body Temperature
  • Weight Gain:  Waist
  • Hair Loss
  • Mood Swings
  • Decreased memory and concentration
  • Decreased Stamina
  • Decreased Sex Drive and sensation

Common Health Conditions Associated with Adrenal Imbalance:

  • Increased risk for Auto-Immune Disease, Allergies. Asthma, Cancers
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Blood Pressure high or low
  • Fibromyalgia

BHRT therapies address these imbalances and help restore the body back to properly balanced hormones (i.e. Testosterone, DHEA, Cortisol, Melatonin, T4, T3, Estrogen, Progesterone).  Our team is trained to help you improve your health using this approach.

Book your appointment for BHRT with Kathleen and the Nurse Practitioner