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Dr. Allan Kurtz

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Adrenal Gland Dysfunction: An Overview

By: California Center of Longevity & Functional Medicine on November 24, 2014

Adrenal Dysfunction Symptoms

It is an increasingly breakneck paced world we live in, which has many patients coming to The Center of Longevity & Functional Medicine experiencing symptoms including:
  • Fatigue in the morning, even after a full night’s rest
  • Junk food cravings (particularly salty or fatty foods)
  • Stress & anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Body aches & sore muscles
  • Irritability

Unfortunately for too many people, these symptoms have become the “norm.” Indeed more than 500,000 Americans suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome. Millions more actually suffer from severe exhaustion caused by adrenal dysfunction. If you are one of the many Americans who is constantly relying on coffee, stimulants or sugar to keep your energy levels up, it is quite likely you are experiencing adrenal dysfunction.

Effects Of Adrenal Dysfunction On Your Body

The cells in the human body are always breaking down and repairing themselves. Much of the repair process takes place while you’re sleeping. If you are unable to fall sleep or unable to stay asleep your body’s ability to sufficiently repair itself is compromised.

The addition of stress will cause your body to age even faster. Stress will force your body to release cortisol and other hormones in order to relax. Cortisol, which is released by your adrenal glands is a particularly vital hormone, as it is also responsible for regulating blood sugar levels, and correcting electrolyte imbalances.

Your body is specifically designed to respond to stress in part by releasing Cortisol, before returning to a baseline state. When stress is ongoing, the body will eventually cease to produce adequate amounts of cortisol. Although it’s never healthy to have too much cortisol produced, it’s also never desirable to have too little cortisol. An ideal cortisol production pattern includes one where cortisol levels are highest in the morning, gradually tapering off as the day progresses.

Testing Adrenal Function at the Center of Longevity & Functional Medicine

Symptoms may indicate adrenal dysfunction but it is difficult to confirm this without testing your cortisol levels. At the Center of Longevity & Functional Medicine, we will be happy to provide you with a salivary hormone test to measure the pattern of cortisol release throughout the day. Through saliva testing we are able to measure the fraction of the hormone that your body can use. Due to the complex endocrine system, symptoms rarely stem from just one hormone imbalance. If there is an imbalance in one hormone produced by a gland, it is likely to have an impact on the other hormone balances.

Our Complete Hormone Panel will help you to understand and evaluate your hormone function. It tests both adrenal hormones and reproductive hormones, since they are so closely linked.

The Complete Hormone Panel will test your levels of:
  • Cortisol
  • Estradiol
  • Progesterone
  • Testosterone
  • DHEA
You eat healthy, work out, and sleep well. What is causing your fatigue?

It could be hormone levels.

Proper Hormone levels:
  • Help You Feel More Energetic
  • Reduce Anxiety
  • Curb Cravings for Junk Food
  • Enhance Memory
  • Help You To Lose Weight
The California Center of Longevity & Functional Medicine is happy to test your hormone levels today.
Please contact Dr. Kurtz at California Center of Longevity & Functional Medicine today to schedule an appointment by visiting our contact page or calling us at 818-346-1440 to find out if you have Adrenal Gland Dysfunction.