Adrenal fatigue is a topic long thought to be controversial in the conventional medical community, though well-known in alternative medicine. This article goes through natural treatments to improve HPA axis function in stressful situations and provides evidence on how this axis functions to support our systems in situations of stress, and how it can become dysregulated, affecting numerous systems in the body.
Sarah Wilson provides an evidence based discussion on adrenal fatigue – is this condition real, what is it and what should you do about it? With the levels of stress commonly experienced in modern life, fatigue, exhaustion, anxiety, and many more symptoms of adrenal fatigue are exceptionally common.
This article was published in NDNR on the treatment of adrenal androgen excess in women with PCOS, with natural medicine and supplements. The article details an evidence-based approach that addresses the unique and common problem of high DHEA in women with PCOS, which leads to the production of testosterone and problems with ovulation, acne, hirsutism and hair loss.
Women with PCOS can have differing profiles of androgens. Androgens like testosterone are secreted either by the adrenal glands or the ovary. The source of androgens may have some significant with respect to reproductive, metabolic and cardiovascular outcome. Hormones such as DHEA, or testosterone may be elevated and the ratio between the two may be calculated.
PCOS Diva is one of the most well-known health advocates in the polycystic ovarian syndrome community. I was thrilled to be able to write a post for her on the topic of the adrenals and polycystic ovarian syndrome. As a PCOS patient myself, I know from my own experience that adrenal health is a key part of the disorder. Reviewing the research on this topic only cemented the fascinating information, showing that women who have PCOS actually have different adrenal function. My article reviewed what those differences are, and also contained many details on how to improve adrenal health for patients with PCOS.