Today I would like to talk about a very important but rarely discussed medical condition called adrenal fatigue. Although adrenal fatigue affects millions of men and women, it often goes undiagnosed for many years.
All of us have two little glands situated on top of our kidneys called adrenal glands. Adrenal glands are extremely important for our bodies; they produce over 50 hormones, including estrogen, testosterone and cortisol. After menopause, adrenal glands become the major source of estrogen for women. And for men entering andropause (male version of menopause), adrenal glands begin playing a significant part in overall testosterone production.
People may experience adrenal fatigue when their glands fail to maintain production of the necessary hormones at optimal levels. This condition is often caused as a result of prolonged stress, an emotionally devastating event, physical exhaustion or a chronic illness.
Those affected by adrenal fatigue experience a number of debilitating symptoms, including chronic exhaustion, lack of motivation, inability to get out of bed in the morning, weakened immune systems, and depression. As President of NuMale Medical Center, I see a lot of patients who come to our physicians with these symptoms.
Since adrenal fatigue does not show obvious signs of a serious illness, many people suffering from this condition do not seek medical help, and some mistakenly associate its symptoms with aging. As a result, millions of people cannot enjoy life and simply go through the motions every day, not realizing why they feel so unhappy.
Fortunately, there is hope. Most people suffering from adrenal fatigue can be successfully treated and return to living their lives in full color. However, it is important to consult a specialist and undergo a thorough hormonal examination for optimal treatment and results.