Stress & Adrenal Fatigue in Men Dallas
Stress and Adrenal Fatigue in Men – Most people learned about the normal stress or ‘fight or flight’ response in school. When you are presented with a threat, your body immediately reacts and assumes a physiologic posture to protect itself. In modern Western society, there are several triggers of the stress response that have nothing to do with immediate personal safety.
- Psychological Stress – family, work
- Environmental Stress – chemicals, pollution, noise
- Metabolic Stress – poor nutrition, inflammation, hormone imbalances
- Physiologic Stress – poor sleep, illness, chronic pain, excess exercise
Stress has become a normal part of our daily lives and we have come to expect this to be normal. This chronic ‘artificially induced’ fight or flight response has several negative consequences for our health including increased risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, dementia, gastrointestinal disorders and diabetes.
What is Adrenal Fatigue?
The adrenal glands are two very small, yet immensely important, structures sitting on top of our kidneys. Initially, the adrenal glands will work overtime and go into hyper-drive to produce cortisol and other hormones necessary to combat stress. This chronic over production has several significant negative health consequences. When chronic stress eventually overwhelms the adrenals ability to keep up, adrenal fatigue ensues.
Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms
- Irritability and anxiety
- Absent minded, poor concentration
- Memory loss
- Low sex drive
- Erectile dysfunction
- Reduced stress tolerance
- Fatigue and low energy
- Sugar and salt cravings
- Weight gain
- New allergies, sensitivity to chemicals
- Impaired immune system
Adrenal Fatigue Diagnosis
Adrenal stress and adrenal fatigue are easily diagnosed with a careful, comprehensive history and physical examination as well as a laboratory evaluation that includes a salivary cortisol test.
Adrenal Fatigue Treatment
- Address the emotional and psychological drivers of your stress (including sleep)
- Remove environments toxins (chemicals, noise, excess light, etc.)
- Resolve dietary excesses or insufficiencies and lifestyle habits (caffeine, alcohol, refined sugars, ) inducing stress
- Obtain complete hormonal balance (testosterone, thyroid, HGH, cortisol)
- Adrenal fatigue supplements including vitamins B, C and D.
- Adaptogens – supplements that are protective against the physiologic effects of chronic stress
Adrenal stress and fatigue can be quite a complex issue to recognize and treat. It takes specific knowledge and experience to tease out all of the factors responsible and to effectively take the body off of this ‘high alert’ status which causes illness and an impaired quality of life.