Adrenal Gland's Effects on Chronic Fatigue

 By: Nigel Lee
Chronic fatigue is a serious medical condition that affects thousands of people all around the world. The exact cause of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is unknown, although many experts argue about the exact causes.

The adrenal gland is a gland within the body that is responsible for secreting hormones into the bloodstream. The adrenal gland is in control of cortisone and dhea.

These hormones control a wide variety of different systems within the body, these include the immune system, energy, and stress.

Chronic fatigue syndrome often causes the adrenal gland to become overworked, and so levels of these hormones are depleted. This can affect the body's natural hormone balance.

There is a complicated system known as the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA). If you paid attention in your biology classes then some of those names may already be familiar with you. Basically, all of these are different gland and these glands affect one another. If one of the glands is not functioning correctly then the others will also start to function incorrectly.

In many chronic fatigue sufferers there is a problem that affects the hypothalamus. It's not clear why the HPA axis is affected in patients.

There are some things that you can do to relieve the symptoms caused by the overworking of the adrenal gland. Patients can take supplements made out of animal glands to take some of the heat off the adrenal gland. Pantothenic acid is another product which can help to relieve the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome.

We already mentioned the hormone dhea, this is important in fatigue patients. Dhea is the base product for hormones such as testosterone and cortisol, vitamin supplements normally go some of the way to reduce any fatigue and also reduce any confusion experienced by patients.

Patients that suffer from CFS often have a week immune system, so these vitamin supplements also help to boost the immune system, they can help your body to defend itself from any bacterial and viral infections.

So, in conclusion, there is a link in some patients between the adrenal gland functions and chronic fatigue. Many CFS sufferers have a reduced adrenal gland function. If you are experiencing excessive tiredness then you should go to visit your doctor to get checked out for adrenal fatigue.

There are a number of diseases such as Addison's disease that could be causing the reduced functions of the adrenal gland, therefore a test is required so you can rule this out.
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