Adrenal fatigue often encompasses nonspecific symptoms such as fatigue, nervousness, body aches, insomnia and digestive problems. Your adrenal glands produce a variety of hormones. Adrenal insufficiency (Addison’s disease) refers to inadequate production of one or more of these hormones. Symptoms can include: unexplained weight loss, body aches, fatigue, loss of body hair, and low blood pressure. Adrenal insufficiency is diagnosed by blood tests.
Adrenal fatigue is thought to be a mild form of adrenal insufficiency caused by chronic stress. This chronic stress leaves the adrenal glands unable to produce quite enough hormones needed to enhance your physical and emotional well-being. Adrenal fatigue is often diagnosed with saliva testing as the hormone levels do not decline enough to be detected with blood tests. Treatment consists of strategies to decrease chronic stress levels.
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