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Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal Fatigue is a common topic of discussion on various internet forums, and is one of the many medical controversies. Those who believe they have a thyroid disorder but have not revealed one upon testing thyroid function, may consider next that the adrenal glands are at fault.Generally, conventional physicians are sceptical - whereas many unorthodox or alternative practitioners believe in its existence. The hypothesis is that the adrenal glands, responsible for the production of essential hormones such as cortisol and dehydroepiandosterone sulphate (DHEAS) ,are sensitive to stress - particularly when it is prolonged or intense in nature - and respond by underperforming. Acute severe illness - such as pneumonia - is also believed by proponents to be a trigger for Adrenal Fatigue.

Adrenal Gland Disorders

Adrenal gland disorders are recognised by all clinicians, and there is plenty of information in the medical literature about Addison's disease (failure of the adrenal gland to produce enough cortisol) and Cushing's disease (production of too much cortisol), for example. Testing of cortisol levels and associated DHEAS levels can point to such diagnoses. The argument really is whether a lower grade problem does truly exist, or whether the symptoms ascribed to adrenal fatigue could just be symptoms of fatigue in general, or of recovery from acute illness or indeed of a depressive illness. Testing has always been difficult, particularly in less clear cut cases, because the levels of cortisol tend to fluctuate by day, and between individuals. At Blue Horizon, we like to keep an open mind - our view is that probably all systems of the body are capable of underperformance as well as complete failure. Historically though, testing of blood to prove underperformance can be difficult. Testing cortisol at 9am is generally thought to give the best snapshot view (cortisol peaks at around this time in most of us) and combining this test with DHEAS estimation increases the chance of detecting a deficiency in adrenal activity. Further testing could then be guided by this baseline knowledge.


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Adrenal Fatigue Saliva and Blood


This test combines 4 saliva tests for Cortisol with six adrenal related blood tests, giving more insight into adrenal fatigue than blood or saliva alone. Free Nurse visit for blood collection this month, use coupon code " freephleb ".

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New Salivary Cortisol x 4


Getting 4 x Cortisol Saliva readings throughout the day can give insights into daily Cortisol Production and gives a useful insight into Adrenal Fatigue.

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Adrenal Fatigue Analysis with Cortisol


A highly relevant set of blood tests looking at adrenal fatigue, investigating pituitary and hormonal inputs, which if not related directly to adrenal function, are definitely interlinked.

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