How to cure adrenal fatigue.
By Dr. Raj Banerjee

Can cortisol tests for adrenal fatigue help? The most common thing people complain or rant about is stress. Too much work is just stressful. Not to mention the fact that work isn't the only thing in your mind all day. There are other problems like emotional problems and personal problems. And when you have all these bugging you, there is a huge guarantee you will experience stress. There is also a huge chance that you develop adrenal fatigue syndrome.

What Is Adrenal Fatigue All About

The adrenal fatigue syndrome is a condition where your adrenal glands are fatigued. Once the adrenal glands are fatigued, your body will get lesser help from the glands. The glands will work much less effectively. One thing that glands will not do anymore is the production of cortisol. These hormones called cortisol are hormones that help your body cope with stress.

These hormones are responsible for the body's reaction to stress. It is what gives the body the options to "fight" or to take "flight", away from stress. Too much of fighting stress will result to stressed adrenal glands. Once the glands are damaged, they will stop production of cortisol and this is bad. The body will have reduced protection from infections and you will catch flu's and other respiratory diseases faster. Other consequences and side effects will also occur.

How To Know If You're Fatigued

So what is the best way to know if you have stressed adrenals? How do you know if you have low or high cortisol? It is easy. You take cortisol tests.

What's The Use?

There are two ways to use this kind of test. One is the blood and urine tests for cortisol. Urine and blood tests for cortisol could be used to assist the diagnosis Cushing's Syndrome and Addison's Disease, which are two very grave adrenal disorders.

Some physicians use salivary cortisol to analyze Cushing's syndrome as well as to evaluate some other possible stress-related disorders. Even though both the urine and saliva tests are used more often to evaluate excess production of cortisol, salivary tests are more accurate.

Take note that cortisol levels rise and sink at different periods of the day and if you are doing different activities. In normal people, the cortisol level is usually very high when you just woke up.

Cortisol are very low, however, during your bed time. When your "body clock" is disturbed, meaning you wake up late or earlier than usual and sleep in different times of the day and not usually on the time you go to sleep normally, the cortisol production might be disturbed.

Sometimes the cortisol production will rise resulting in too much stored cortisol. Remember that excess in cortisol isn't good. This might lead to a tumor outside the pituitary gland if your adrenal has problems. You might also catch Cushing's Syndrome due to too much cortisol produced by the adrenal glands.

Once an abnormality is seen or identified in the pituitary gland or adrenal glands, doctors may use alternative or other tests such as the computerized tomography or CT and magnetic resonance imaging or MRI scans to find the source or cause of the excess and to assess the degree of any damages to the glands.

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