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Adrenal/Thyroids Dysfunction

Do you feel tired for no reason? Do you have difficulty waking up in the morning? Are you feeling stressed out often? Are you having difficulty losing weight? Are you craving sweet and salty foods? Do you get sick more often and have difficulty bouncing back from the illness?

Hormones like testosterone, estrogen, and cortisol play a vital role in the overall effectiveness of body function. These hormones are produced in the adrenal glands, especially after mid-life. Intense stress, either physical or emotional, or even living with prolonged stress, can result in what is called adrenal fatigue. This condition is known to contribute to a wide range of health conditions, from allergies to obesity to fibromyalgia.

Hormones such as cortisol have important antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that minimize the negative reactions the body may experience, such as autoimmune disorders or cancer. These hormones also play a role in gastrointestinal and cardiovascular function, aiding in the conversion of fats, proteins and carbohydrates into energy. The functions that take place in the adrenal glands are paramount to hormonal balance and optimal health. To keep the adrenal glands functioning, we need moderate exercise on a regular basis, adequate sleep, proper nutrition, stress management, and balance in life, and balancing depleted hormones when necessary.

Hormone Therapy for thyroid function

Like the adrenal glands, the thyroid has requirements for best function. When thyroid hormones are low, it is called hypothyroidism. Someone with low thyroid levels may feel anxious, depressed, achy, and fatigued. Hypothyroidism may also result in weight gain, PMS, high cholesterol, deepening voice, irregular menstrual cycle, low libido, headaches, constipation, dry skin, and more. Scientists believe that at least fifty percent of those who have thyroid disease do not know they suffer from this condition.

Traditionally, thyroid dysfunction, when diagnosed, is treated with a synthetic T4, or thyroxine. A healthy thyroid, however, also secretes triiodothyronine, or T3, an active hormone. Studies have shown that patients prescribed both, rather than just one, of these substances, experienced less depression and an overall better response to treatment. Studies have also shown that T3 is a substance that is best delivered in a time-released dosage, to avoid T3 overload.

Related Article

Useful Links

J Endocrinol Invest 2002 Feb;25(2):106-9
Levothyroxine therapy and serum free thyroxine and free triiodothyronine concentrations.
For the PubMed version of this article, Click here

N Engl J Med 1999 Feb 11;340(6):424-9
Effects of thyroxine as compared with thyroxine plus triiodothyronine in patients with hypothyroidism.
For the PubMed version of this article, Click here

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