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Adrenal fatigue: Is it real?
In 2016, a paper was published titled, “Adrenal Fatigue Does Not Exist,” which argued adrenal fatigue is a myth. However, “adrenal fatigue” is simply a pop culture term — not a medical diagnosis or pathology — used to explain a wide range of symptoms related to poor stress adaptation. When a person is not able to adapt to physical, mental, or psychological stress, breakdowns occur. In fact, some level of stress is necessary for healthy function and to prevent depression.
Multiple factors can be involved in adrenal fatigue and other adrenal-based dysfunctions, such as blood sugar imbalances, chronic infections, dysautonomia, over exercise, autoimmunity, and, of course, excess lifestyle stress. Other factors to consider are whether the adrenal cortex, adrenal medulla, the circadian rhythm, or the cortisol awakening response are involved.
Adrenal imbalances negatively impact our quality of life and our health. In this video, Dr. Kharrazian goes over the many factors involved in adrenal stress and answers questions from viewers. (Facebook-Live-12-03-2020)