Posts Tagged ‘Adrenal Fatigue:The Stress Disorder of the 21st Century’

The UK’s Daily Mail // (1/11, Ferrier http://tinyurl.com/adrenal-gland-fatigue) reports a  new syndrome coined Adrenal Fatigue is now so commonplace it has been recognized by the World Health Organization.  The umbrella term for a group of non-specific symptoms affects significantly more women than men.  Adrenal Fatigue occurs because the adrenals – walnut-sized glands that sit just above the kidneys – get overworked.  The adrenals are expected to churn out high levels of the hormone cortisol, traditionally during short-term periods of high stress. People suffering from adrenal fatigue often have to use coffee, colas and other stimulants to get going in the morning and to prop themselves up during the day.   When we are children, our cortisol levels fluctuate as we get excited and nervous, but as we get older, some of us live with permanently raised levels.  This wreaks havoc with our bodies and leaves many of us feeling deflated and anxious – and never more so than around the Christmas and New Year period, when we’re grappling with all manner of stress-inducing situations, from worrying about that upcoming credit card bill to dealing with in-laws.  The increasing prevalence of the syndrome presents one of the most interesting medical paradigms of our time.  First coined by Canadian alternative medicine specialist Dr James Wilson in 1998, the term Adrenal Fatigue is beginning to be recognized by mainstream health organizations.   The condition is difficult to diagnose because adrenal function is measured on a sliding scale, a bit like thyroid function. It’s only if a test shows you to have levels in the highest or lowest 2 per cent that you’ll be deemed ‘abnormal’.    So if your cortisol levels are in the lowest 5 per cent and you are suffering significant symptoms, it still wouldn’t be deemed a medical issue.   A good diet may be helpful in treating Adrenal Fatigue, including wholegrains, oily fish and fruit, supplemented by magnesium, B5 and vitamins C and B12. 


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