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The Adrenal Glands
Male adrenal fatigue and stress go hand in hand. The adrenal glands, which are two triangle-shaped glands found above the kidneys, are responsible for regulating a man's reaction to stress. The chief adrenal hormone used to manage stress is cortisol . The adrenal glands secrete cortisol in response to stress, low blood sugar, excitement, and during exercise. Under normal circumstances, the adrenal glands secrete the highest amount of cortisol within the first hours of waking and slowly decrease production as the day progresses. When stress is not properly managed or when it becomes extreme, the ability for the adrenal glands to function optimally is compromised.
What is Male Adrenal Fatigue?
If a man's stress level remains excessive for a prolonged length of time, the adrenal glands respond by producing the adrenal hormone, cortisol, continually. This over-exertion taxes the adrenal glands to the point where the glands are unable to produce the necessary levels of cortisol to keep up with the demand; and subsequently these drastically diminished levels of cortisol eventually lead to adrenal fatigue in men. This hormone imbalance induced fatigue affects all the other hormones in the body, producing a chain-like reaction. While attempting to maintain high cortisol production to manage the chronic stress levels, the adrenal glands are unable to maintain the production of other necessary hormones. One such hormone is DHEA, or dehydroepiandrosterone. DHEA is vital to maintaining the balance of hormones in your body and low amounts of this important hormone contribute to male adrenal fatigue symptoms.
Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms in Men
- Mid-day fatigue
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Emerging allergies
- Sensitivity to chemicals
- Increased susceptibility to infections
- Reduced stress tolerance
- Weakened immune function
- Inability to sleep through the night
- Aching joints
- Diminished sex drive
- A tendency to feel cold (many individuals and doctors often misdiagnose hypothyroidism)
- Craving for salt and sweets
- Erectile dysfunction
- Loss of muscle mass and strength
Adrenal Fatigue Treatment: The Steps to Natural Hormone Balance for Men
The bioidentical hormone doctors of the BodyLogicMD network have successfully helped men suffering from adrenal fatigue with comprehensive, customized treatment plans. The first step in treating adrenal fatigue is complete comprehensive lab testing to determine cortisol levels. Adding bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and a targeted, high-quality supplement regimen are often the next steps.
To maintain healthy adrenal function, men should avoid hydrogenated fats, excessive caffeine, refined carbohydrates, alcohol, and sugar. Instead, men should eat a diet that includes quality protein with regular meals of high nutritional value. Getting eight hours of sleep every night is essential to give the adrenals an opportunity to repair. Furthermore, taking time to evaluate daily and situational stressors and practice stress management with deep breathing, meditation, or yoga can be a very beneficial in addition to your customized regimen.
Men no longer need to suffer the symptoms of male adrenal fatigue; many patients have found the solution to adrenal fatigue treatment is an integrated approach using advanced therapies, such as bioidentical hormone therapy and strategic lifestyle changes, like a balanced nutrition and stress management.