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Primary Signs and Causes of Adrenal Insufficiency

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Having trouble getting out of bed in the morning for no apparent reason? Are you dragging your feet all day long, having difficulty concentrating or completely tasks in a manner that’s unlike your normally energetic self?

While recent stress, poor sleep, depression, sleep apnea, or poor diet can all impact your energy levels, medical experts at the Endocrine Society claim that in rare cases your adrenal glands (hormone-producing glands) may be the culprits.

Here are the primary causes and signs of adrenal insufficiency…

1. Adrenal Fatigue vs. Adrenal Insufficiency

James Wilson, PhD and the author of Adrenal Fatigue, writes that adrenal fatigue is a term often used to describe insufficiently working adrenal glands, which are two small glands located atop either kidney. However, according to the Endocrine Society, adrenal fatigue is not a proven medical diagnosis.

Adrenal glands produce and emit hormones that power many essential bodily processes—including kidney function, sex hormones, and stress-responding hormones (cortisol).  Medical experts theorize that when the body undergoes high levels of stress for long periods, the adrenal glands can become insufficient and dysfunctional, although according to the Endocrine Society, adrenal fatigue is not a proven medical condition while adrenal insufficiency is backed by medical evidence and can be diagnosed via testing.

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