The Adrenal Glands
Male adrenal fatigue and stress go hand in hand. The adrenal glands, which are two triangle-shaped glands found above the kidneys, are responsible for regulating a man's reaction to stress. The chief adrenal hormone used to manage stress is cortisol . The adrenal glands emit cortisol in response to stress, low blood sugar, excitement, and during exercise. Under normal circumstances, the adrenal glands emit the highest amount of cortisol within the first hours of waking and slowly decrease production as the day progresses. When stress is not properly managed or when it becomes extreme, the ability for the adrenal glands to function optimally is compromised.
What is Male Adrenal Fatigue?
If a man's stress level remains excessive for a prolonged length of time, the adrenal glands respond by producing the adrenal hormone cortisol continually. 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 demand; and subsequently these drastically diminished levels of cortisol eventually lead to adrenal fatigue in men. 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, referred to as DHEA or dehydroepiandrosterone, is developed from progesterone. 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
- Mid-day fatigue
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Emerging allergies
- Sensitivity to chemicals
- Increased susceptibility to infections
- Reduced stress tolerance
- Weakened immune function
- Inability to sleep through the night
- Aching joints
- Diminished sex drive
- A tendency to feel cold (many individuals and doctors often misdiagnose hypothyroidism)
- Craving for salt and sweets
- Erectile dysfunction
- Loss of muscle mass and strength
Adrenal Fatigue Treatment: The Steps to Natural Hormone Balance for Men
BodyLogicMD's bioidentical hormone doctors have successfully helped men suffering from adrenal fatigue with a customized regimen. The first step of adrenal fatigue treatement is complete comprehensive saliva testing to determine your cortisol levels and the amount being produced. Adding natural bioidentical hormone replacement therapy when necessary and supplementing with a good multi- vitamin, in addition to vitamins B, C, magnesium and others are a natural next step. Additionally, Ortho Molecular's Adren-All is recommended to help sustain adrenal function.
It is best to avoid hydrogenated fats, excessive caffeine, refined carbohydrates, alcohol and sugar. Instead, we suggest men eat a diet that includes quality protein with regular meals of high nutritional value. Getting eight hours of sleep every night is essential to give the adrenals an opportunity to repair overnight. Furthermore, taking time to evaluate daily and situational stressors and practice stress management with gentle exercise, meditation or yoga can be a very beneficial addition to your customized regimen.
Men no longer need to suffer the symptoms of male adrenal fatigue; many of our patients have found the solution for adrenal fatigue treatment is an integrated approach of bioidentical hormone therapy combined with proper nutrition and fitness.