Stress & Adrenal Fatigue in Women Dallas
Stress and Adrenal Fatigue in Women- Women have their own unique drivers for stress. Balancing a job, raising kids and running a household has created legions of women who are stressed and exhausted. Add to this the frenetic pace of our modern lifestyle, the up and down, topsy-turvy nature of the female menstrual cycle as well as the promise of imminent menopause, and it’s no wonder why more women suffer from stress and adrenal fatigue today than any other time in history. 43% of all adults suffer from stress and many feel it is America’s #1 health problem.
The Adrenal Glands
The adrenal glands are located near the top of each kidney and are responsible for regulating the body’s stress response by controlling the release of stress hormones. Epinephrine and norepinephrine are the chemicals secreted that prepare the body for the immediate ‘fight or flight’ reaction to a perceived threat characterized by a pounding heart, dilated pupils, quick breathing and increased alertness. Cortisol is secreted to mobilize your energy and prepare the body for physical and emotional stress.
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, menstrual disorders, gastrointestinal disorders and diabetes.
What is Adrenal Fatigue?
Initially, the adrenal glands will work overtime and go into hyper-drive to produce cortisol and other hormones necessary to combat stress. When stress becomes excessive, the adrenal glands’ ability to do their job is eventually compromised and cortisol production plummets. Low cortisol affects all of the other hormone systems of the body with wide ranging consequences.
Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue:
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Cold and heat intolerance
- Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
- Low blood pressure (hypotension)
- Severe fatigue
- Anxiety or panic attacks
- Muscle or joint pain
- Low sex drive
- Craving for sweets and salty foods
- New allergies
Adrenal Fatigue Treatment:
In women, the stress of perimenopause and menopause is a major player in adrenal fatigue. Using bio-identical hormone therapy to balance your estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and thyroid hormones can have an amazing effect on resolving the oppressive symptoms of adrenal exhaustion. Proper nutritional guidance, use of quality supplements to replenish missing nutrients that almost all of us have, and learning techniques to quiet the mind and manage stress more effectively is the secret sauce that can help rejuvenate women back to enjoying a well rounded life.
Integrative Medicine Dallas has years of experience treating stress and adrenal fatigue in women and we encourage you to visit our clinic and start your journey to recovery.