The Adrenal Glands are located near the kidneys and produce hormones responsible for a variety of functions in the body. Among those produced are the steroid hormones Cortisol, and DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone) which contribute to metabolism and the immune response. The production of these hormones can become altered by internal and external stressors and can result in a wide variety of disorders depending on which hormone is affected.
Measuring adrenals give us a window into how our bodies handle stress. If we are not handling stress well we can be more fatigued and at risk for a number of conditions. Measuring adrenal function is key for prevention and long-term well-being. Adrenals respond extremely well to a number of different treatments, particularly botanicals and nutrients.
Progressive Medical Center has decades of experience treating diseases of the adrenal system and adrenal fatigue. We use advanced functional medicine testing to assess the state of the adrenal system. Robust adrenal function is necessary for
maintaining energy levels, circadian rhythms and a healthy stress response. Chronic stress can cause the adrenal glands to become fatigued and run down, which can cause symptoms like anxiety, insomnia, and irritability. This can lead to chronic fatigue, inability to cope with the stressors in life, and even chronic pain. Adrenal fatigue can drag down hormone levels and damage your immune system.
Testing your adrenal function is the first step in figuring out why you are feeling out of balance, and what solutions will work best with your body to correct it. By monitoring adrenal function, you can determine the impact that stress is having on the body.