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Adrenal Insufficiency & Addison's Disease

Adrenal Insufficiency & Addison's Disease

Adrenal Insufficiency & Addison's Disease Adrenal Insufficiency & Addison's Disease Adrenal insufficiency is an endocrine, or hormonal, disorder that occurs when the adrenal glands do not produce enough of certain hormones. The adrenal glands are located just above the kidneys. Adrenal insufficiency can be primary or secondary. Addisons disease, the common term for primary adrenal insufficiency, occurs when the adrenal glands are damaged and cannot produce enough of the adrenal hormone cortisol. The adrenal hormone aldosterone may also be lacking. Addisons disease affects 110 to 144 of every 1 million people in developed countries.1 Secondary adrenal insufficiency occurs when the pituitary glanda pea-sized gland at the base of the brainfails to produce enough adrenocorticotropin (ACTH), a hormone that stimulates the adrenal glands to produce the hormone cortisol. If ACTH output is too low, cortisol production drops. Eventually, the adrenal glands can shrink due to lack of ACTH stimulation. Secondary adrenal insufficiency is much more common than Addisons disease. Adrenal hormones, such as cortisol and aldosterone, play key roles in the functioning of the human body, such as regulating blood pressure; metabolism, the way the body uses digested food for energy; and the bodys response to stress. In addition, the body uses the adrenal hormone dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) to make androgens and estrogens, the male and female sex hormones. Cortisol belongs to the class of hormones called glucocorticoids, which affect almost every organ and tissue in the body. Cortisols most important job is to help the body respond to stress. Among its many tasks, cortisol helps maintain blood pressure and heart and blood vessel function slow the immune systems inflammatory responsehow the b Continue reading >>

High Evening Cortisol Levels Linked To Increased Risk For Type 2 Diabetes

High Evening Cortisol Levels Linked To Increased Risk For Type 2 Diabetes

High Evening Cortisol Levels Linked to Increased Risk for Type 2 Diabetes Commentary by Ruth Hackett MSc and Valentina Vicennati, MD High evening cortisol levels were predictive of new-onset type 2 diabetes in a prospective cohort study published in the February the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. While cross-sectional evidence has shown that cortisol patterning differs between healthy individuals and those with diabetes, this study shows for the first time that dysregulation of cortisol in daily life can predispose people to new-onset diabetes later in life independently of traditional risk factors, said lead author Ruth Hackett MSc, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London. This is an interesting paper, underlying the importance of the HPA axis activity and rhythmicity on metabolic alterations, commented Valentina Vicennati, MD, Specialist in Endocrinology in the Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences at Alma Mater Studiorum-University of Bologna. HPA axis activity (ie, cortisol) should be considered a marker of type 2 diabetes development; a biorhythm of cortisol should be included in the screening of metabolic alterations, Dr. Vicennati said. The study involved 3,270 people (75.1% men) enrolled in the Whitehall II study. The participants underwent salivary cortisol measurement at six intervals throughout a single day between 2002-2004. After 9 years of follow-up, 210 participants (6.4%) had new-onset diabetes and 518 individuals (15.8%) had impaired fasting glucose (IFG). Increased evening cortisol level collected in 2002-2004 was predictive of new-onset T2D in 2012-2013 (odds ratio [OR], 1.18; P=0.035) after adjusting for age, sex, smoking, grade of employment, body mass index >23, cardiovascular medication, hi Continue reading >>

Blood Sugar And Adrenal Fatigue

Blood Sugar And Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal fatigue and diabetes often go hand in hand, impacting the body’s ability to handle stress and maintain healthy blood sugar levels, among their many other regulatory functions. If you already have diabetes or think you might be headed there, it’s important to become aware of these glands, their role, and how they (and you) can become exhausted from outside stress, poor diet/nutrition and especially caffeine. The adrenals are two small glands located above each kidney that produce hormones such as norepinephrine (adrenaline), DHEA and cortisol to help you handle physical, emotional and psychological stress. Adrenaline is released to help you in stressful situations in which a burst of energy is required to help sustain you. DHEA gets converted into estrogen, testosterone and other steroid hormones, slowing in production as we age. Cortisol contributes to a strong immune system, balances blood sugar and regulates blood pressure. Low levels of DHEA and high levels of cortisol, brought on my stress, can contribute to a number of health problems such as heart disease, inflammation, cardiovascular disease, premature aging and diabetes. Hormonal imbalances directly impact the body’s production and processing of insulin, ability to burn glucose and increase insulin resistance. They also contribute to weight gain and vulnerability to bacteria, viruses, fungi, etc. Although excessive stress is the ultimate cause of adrenal fatigue, a high sugar diet, caffeine and smoking can all contribute to their exhaustion. In relation to stimulants, the adrenal glands are forced to work harder to produce more adrenaline, putting the body into a "fight or flight" response, which over time can completely drain them and impair their ability to do their job. Some additional symptoms Continue reading >>

Cortisol — Its Role In Stress, Inflammation, And Indications For Diet Therapy

Cortisol — Its Role In Stress, Inflammation, And Indications For Diet Therapy

Today’s Dietitian Vol. 11 No. 11 P. 38 Cortisol, a glucocorticoid (steroid hormone), is produced from cholesterol in the two adrenal glands located on top of each kidney. It is normally released in response to events and circumstances such as waking up in the morning, exercising, and acute stress. Cortisol’s far-reaching, systemic effects play many roles in the body’s effort to carry out its processes and maintain homeostasis. Of interest to the dietetics community, cortisol also plays an important role in human nutrition. It regulates energy by selecting the right type and amount of substrate (carbohydrate, fat, or protein) the body needs to meet the physiological demands placed on it. When chronically elevated, cortisol can have deleterious effects on weight, immune function, and chronic disease risk. Cortisol (along with its partner epinephrine) is best known for its involvement in the “fight-or-flight” response and temporary increase in energy production, at the expense of processes that are not required for immediate survival. The resulting biochemical and hormonal imbalances (ideally) resolve due to a hormonally driven negative feedback loop. The following is a typical example of how the stress response operates as its intended survival mechanism: 1. An individual is faced with a stressor. 2. A complex hormonal cascade ensues, and the adrenals secrete cortisol. 3. Cortisol prepares the body for a fight-or-flight response by flooding it with glucose, supplying an immediate energy source to large muscles. 4. Cortisol inhibits insulin production in an attempt to prevent glucose from being stored, favoring its immediate use. 5. Cortisol narrows the arteries while the epinephrine increases heart rate, both of which force blood to pump harder and faster. 6. Th Continue reading >>

The Link Between Hypoglycemia, Low Cortisol And Adrenal Function

The Link Between Hypoglycemia, Low Cortisol And Adrenal Function

The Link Between Hypoglycemia, Low Cortisol and Adrenal Function What does hypoglycemia, low cortisol and adrenal function have in common? Low blood sugar, also known as hypoglycemia, can be a dangerous condition for many people. Both stress and adrenal fatigue syndrome can contribute to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).Adrenal hormones likeepinephrine, nor-epinephrine, DHEAand Cortisol play a vital role in blood sugar regulation and should be evaluated with any person suffering with depression, Diabetes and chronic fatigue.In fact, some of the symptoms of hypoglycemia, such as irritability and nervousness, Brain Fog, Headaches, may sometimes be the effects of poor adrenal function as a primary problemrather than of the low blood sugar itself. Recently I did a video explaining why many people who suffer with blood sugar problems never get better because the adrenal glands are never properly tested. I believe everyone who suffers withdiabetes,depression or hypoglycemia, have their adrenal glands properly tested . Without proper testing, you may be put on medications that you may not need. Sweets Satisfy Those Cravings. butcause blood sugar imbalances and More Stress to the Adrenal Glands. Adrenal fatigue leads to lower levels of cortisol. When this happens the liver has problems in converting glycogen (the form in which blood sugar is stored) into glucose which is the more active form that is used by the body. Since cortisol is responsible for this function, low cortisol levels compromise the sugar levels, leading to imbalances. When the body is under stress, the cells require even more energy and insulin levels increase. However, the cells extra energy requirement is not met because cortisol levels are low. This results in even lower blood sugar levels. Under normal circ Continue reading >>

Low Cortisol And Blood Glucose Levels

Low Cortisol And Blood Glucose Levels

Diabetes Forum The Global Diabetes Community Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community Just had a 24-hour saliva cortisol test and the results have come back low. To this end, I shall be toddling along to see my GP to see whether she'd be willing to prescribe oral hydrocortisone to raise the levels a bit as cortisol plays a major part in thyroid hormone conversion and I'm not converting well at all. Assuming that the low cortisol hasn't come on overnight (unlikely) and that one of cortisol's functions is to raise blood glucose levels, is it possible that I'm actually more diabetic than previously thought? In other words, has the low circulating level of cortisol been keeping my blood glucose artificially low? Because I'm already prediabetic (although successfully treating via a LCHF diet at the moment). If the hydrocortisone raises the cortisol level to where it should be, it's likely to tip me over into frank diabetes (I would have thought). Does anybody have any direct experience of this? As I say, low cortisol levels are a problem in people with thyroid issues as insufficient cortisol (level undetermined) leads to a T4-T3 conversion problem. So I wouldn't just be asking for it for sh!ts and giggles, I can assure you. Addison's is one extreme end of the spectrum, but only presents when some 90% of the adrenal gland has been destroyed. Although not as immediately life threatening low cortisol levels can be a real problem for those of us with thyroid issues. However, I'm more interested in knowing whether the low cortisol levels have been masking my blood glucose problems to some extent and whether, once on the hydro (hopefully), my blood glucose will increase to diabetic levels. If on the right thyroid meds cortisol will usually sort i Continue reading >>

A Closer Look At Cortisol – Hormonal Obesity Xxxx

A Closer Look At Cortisol – Hormonal Obesity Xxxx

I can make you fat. Actually, I can make anybody fat. How? It is very simple. I prescribe prednisone, a synthetic version of the human hormone cortisol. Prednisone is used to treat many different types of inflammatory diseases, including asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, glomerulonephritis and myasthenia gravis. Cortisol makes you fat. Not coincidentally, both insulin and cortisol play a key role in carbohydrate metabolism. Cortisol Cortisol is the so-called stress hormone. It mediates the ‘flight or fight response’ with help from the sympathetic nervous system. Cortisol is part of a class of steroid hormones called glucocorticoids (glucose + cortex + steroid) produced in the adrenal cortex. Cortisol is produced in response to stress. In Paleolithic times, this was often a physical stress, such a being chased by a predator. The release of cortisol was essential in preparing our bodies for action – to fight or flee. Cortisol increases alertness and decreases the need for sleep. Glucose availability is substantially enhanced. This provides energy for muscles that are needed to avoid being eaten. Non-essential metabolic activities are curtailed. All available energy is directed towards surviving the coming stressful period. Growth, digestion and other long-term issues are temporarily restricted. Proteins are broken down and converted to glucose (gluconeogenesis). In the fasted state, cortisol has several mechanisms to increase glucose in the body. The blood glucose raising effect of synthetic cortisol prednisone has been known for at least 40 years. These include: Stimulation of hepatic gluconeogenesis Inhibition of glucose uptake in peripheral tissues Stimulation of fat and amino acid breakdown (helps provide substra Continue reading >>

Cortisol And Diabetes

Cortisol And Diabetes

So, as I previously mentioned, I have been doing a bunch of tests to try to figure out why my cortisol levels have been high. Cortisol is a hormone that most of us hear about primarily in reference to stress — it’s important in the fight-or-flight response — but it does many other things as well, including playing roles in regulating the immune system and the metabolism of glucose. Abnormally high levels of cortisol can be a sign of Cushing’s Disease — a disorder where your body produces too much cortisol, often as a result of a tumor on the pituitary gland. I’d first figured out that I had high levels when my allergist ordered a ton of lab work to try to figure out some skin issues I’ve been having. Her main verdict was that I’m crazily allergic to many things, in particular cats and grass, but she also noticed that I had high cortisol levels in my blood. So she ordered another test. It was high again. “That’s odd,” she said. “You might want to ask your endocrinologist about it.” My endocrinologist didn’t seem overly concerned, but she gave me three little “salivettes” — plastic vials with a piece of cotton that you chew right before bed (which is when cortisol levels are usually the lowest) and an empty jug that I was to fill with 24 hours’ worth of urine for what’s known as a “free cortisol” test (which sounds like a political movement, but actually just refers to the amount of cortisol that’s not been bound to protein). I waited till the very end of the year, and then — in a last-minute dash to take care of all of my medical needs before my deductible reset — did the tests. The results? One of the salivary tests came back high. And the urine was most definitely elevated — the normal limit is about 50 mcg produced per Continue reading >>

The Link Between Hypoglycemia, Low Cortisol And Adrenal Function

The Link Between Hypoglycemia, Low Cortisol And Adrenal Function

The Link Between Hypoglycemia, Low Cortisol and Adrenal Function June 19, 2014 | Published by Dr. James L. Wilson There is a very close relationship between adrenal function and blood sugar levels. We have known for almost a century that people who suffer from low blood sugar frequently suffer from adrenal fatigue . We also know that people who suffer from adrenal fatigue almost always have some form of irregular blood sugar pattern, of which hypoglycemia is the most common. Let us take a closer look at the connection between adrenal function (or lack thereof) and blood sugar. When your adrenals are fatigued, their cortisol output is diminished and you have lower levels of circulating blood cortisol. With lowered blood cortisol, your liver has a more difficult time converting glycogen (stored blood sugar) into glucose (active blood sugar). Fats, proteins and carbohydrates, which normally can be converted into glucose, also cannot be as readily converted into glucose. These reserve energy pools controlled by cortisol are critical to achieving and maintaining normal blood sugar levels, especially during stress. Further complicating this matter is that, during stress, insulin levels are increased because the demand for energy in the cells is greater. Without adequate cortisol levels to facilitate the conversion of glycogen, fats and proteins to new glucose supplies, this increased demand is difficult or impossible to meet. All this combines to produce low blood sugar. To make matters worse, many sufferers of hypoglycemia try to fix the problem by relying on sugary snacks, coffee and soda to keep going. This is a short-lived fix that temporarily increases blood sugar almost immediately. They can almost feel it hit the back of their brain as their blood sugar moves out of t Continue reading >>

Blood Sugar & Other Hormones

Blood Sugar & Other Hormones

Other hormones also affect blood sugar. Glucagon, amylin, GIP, GLP-1, epinephrine, cortisol, and growth hormone also affect blood sugar levels. Glucagon: Made by islet cells (alpha cells) in the pancreas, controls the production of glucose and another fuel, ketones, in the liver. Glucagon is released overnight and between meals and is important in maintaining the body’s sugar and fuel balance. It signals the liver to break down its starch or glycogen stores and helps to form new glucose units and ketone units from other substances. It also promotes the breakdown of fat in fat cells. In contrast, after a meal, when sugar from the ingested food rushes into your bloodstream, your liver doesn’t need to make sugar. The consequence? Glucagon levels fall. Unfortunately, in individuals with diabetes, the opposite occurs. While eating, their glucagon levels rise, which causes blood sugar levels to rise after the meal. WITH DIABETES, GLUCAGON LEVELS ARE TOO HIGH AT MEALTIMES GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide-1), GIP (glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide) and amylin: GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide-1), GIP (glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide) and amylin are other hormones that also regulate mealtime insulin. GLP-1 and GIP are incretin hormones. When released from your gut, they signal the beta cells to increase their insulin secretion and, at the same time, decrease the alpha cells’ release of glucagon. GLP-1 also slows down the rate at which food empties from your stomach, and it acts on the brain to make you feel full and satisfied. People with type 1 diabetes have absent or malfunctioning beta cells so the hormones insulin and amylin are missing and the hormone GLP1 cannot work properly. This may explain, in part, why individuals with diabetes do not suppress gl Continue reading >>

Am Diabetes | Adrenal Disorders

Am Diabetes | Adrenal Disorders

The adrenal glands are responsible for many processes in the body. When functioning correctly, they produce various hormones that trigger chemical activity in every system. Located on top of both kidneys, the adrenal glands are triangular-shaped and measure approximately half an inch in height and three inches in length. The inner part (adrenal medulla) of the adrenal glands secretes hormones such as adrenaline that affect blood pressure, heart rate and sweating. The outer part (adrenal cortex) secretes many different hormones that control the use of fats, proteins and carbohydrates in the body. The cortex also secretes male sex hormones as well as mineralocorticoids that control blood pressure and the levels of salt and potassium in the body. Addison's Disease: The adrenal glands don't make enough of a hormone called cortisol, or less often, a related hormone called aldosterone. That's why doctors sometimes call the illness ''chronic adrenal insufficiency,'' or hypocortisolism. Cortisol's most important function is to help the body respond to stress. It also helps regulate your body's use of protein, carbohydrates, and fat; helps maintain blood pressure and cardiovascular function; and controls inflammation. Aldosterone helps your kidneys regulate the amount of salt and water in your body -- the main way you regulate blood volume and keep your blood pressure under control. When aldosterone levels drop too low, your kidneys cannot keep your salt and water levels in balance. This makes your blood pressure drop. Symptoms include Continue reading >>

Addison Disease

Addison Disease

A medical condition in which the adrenal glands do not produce enough cortisol or, in some cases, aldosterone, causing such problems as weight loss, muscle weakness, fatigue, low blood pressure, and sometimes darkened patches of skin. It occurs somewhat more commonly in people with Type 1 diabetes than in the general population. Two of the most important hormones made by the adrenal glands, which are located just above each kidney, are cortisol and aldosterone. Cortisol has multiple functions throughout the body, including creating the response to stress; helping to maintain blood pressure and cardiovascular function; slowing the immune system’s inflammatory response; raising blood glucose levels in response to stress or fasting; regulating the metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats; and maintaining proper arousal and sense of well-being. The amount of cortisol in the body is precisely regulated by the pituitary gland and a region of the brain called the hypothalamus. Aldosterone helps the kidneys retain sodium and excrete potassium, which in turn helps maintain blood pressure as well as balance water and salt in the body. Most cases of Addison disease, which affects approximately 1 in 100,000 people, are due to gradual destruction of the adrenal cortex, the outer layer of the adrenal gland, by the body’s immune system in a misguided attack. As a result, cortisol levels, and in some cases aldosterone levels, become inadequate. Signs and symptoms of Addison disease, which usually begin gradually, include chronic fatigue that gets worse over time, muscle weakness, loss of appetite, and weight loss. About half of people who have it experience nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Other symptoms include orthostatic hypotension (a drop in blood pressure when standing, Continue reading >>

Hypoglycemia And Adrenal Fatigue | Dr. Wilson's Adrenalfatigue.org

Hypoglycemia And Adrenal Fatigue | Dr. Wilson's Adrenalfatigue.org

Both stress and adrenal fatigue can contribute to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) because of the key roles the adrenal hormones epinephrine, norepinephrine and cortisol play in blood sugar regulation. Stress (and the anticipation of stress) signals the body to raise blood sugar (glucose) levels in order to generate energy to respond to the stress. If the body cannot meet this higher demand for blood glucose, hypoglycemia can result. Stress may also provoke blood sugar swings that can have a cumulative effect on the bodys ability to maintain blood sugar balance, and aggravate hypoglycemic symptoms. In fact, some of the symptoms of hypoglycemia, such as irritability and nervousness, may sometimes be the effects of high levels of stress hormones rather than of the low blood sugar itself. During adrenal fatigue, when adrenal hormone levels are lower, it becomes harder to maintain blood sugar balance, especially in response the increased demand from stress. It has been known for almost a century that people who are chronically hypoglycemic are often also experiencing adrenal fatigue, and that people going through adrenal fatigue almost always have some form of irregular blood sugar pattern. Hypoglycemia is the most common of these. Hypoglycemia commonly occurs during adrenal fatigue when low epinephrine, norepinephrine and cortisol are combined with the high insulin levels of stress. The low levels of adrenal hormones that can occur during adrenal fatigue may fail to raise blood glucose enough to meet the increased demand. As a result, the cells do not get the glucose and other nutrients they require, and the person may crave sugar as well as feel tired, shaky and weak. Circulating epinephrine, norepinephrine and cortisol help the liver convert glycogen (stored glucose) into Continue reading >>

What Effect Does Low Cortisol Have On Type 1?

What Effect Does Low Cortisol Have On Type 1?

What effect does low cortisol have on type 1? What effect does low cortisol have on type 1? Mt boyfriend is type 1 and has been seeing a new endo. For some reason she did a cortisol test on him. His levels came up low and she wants to put him on steroids (Which he refuses to take, GOOD). But I would like to know what effect low levels would have on him and why she is taking such extreme measures so fast. D.D. Family T1 since 1982, pumping with Animas on 10/20/08 Oh gosh, brain dead here; that is ringing bells in my head and I cannot think of why. Hopefully someone who can recall and share will be along shortly. Regardless of our situation we are living with diabetes and this is our life. If you google low cortisol disorders you'll discover things like Cushings disease & other hormonal problems. Cortisol insufficiency is actually a serious problem. However doctors don't usually diagnose on just one test because it can be a false result. He'd need to have more tests done to confirm a disorder. Your boyfriend is entitled to know the reason for the new steroid treatment from his endo. If in doubt, he can seek a second opinion. Last edited by Lady Lazarus; 1/08/14 at 08:34 PM. Mt boyfriend is type 1 and has been seeing a new endo. For some reason she did a cortisol test on him. His levels came up low and she wants to put him on steroids (Which he refuses to take, GOOD). But I would like to know what effect low levels would have on him and why she is taking such extreme measures so fast. The result of low cortisol is death if he has an accident or a sudden shock. I am assuming this endo has tested your BF for Addison's disease and this is the result. He will need to take steroids for the rest of his life, these replace what he doesn't now produce naturally himself. If he doe Continue reading >>

Experience With Low Cortisol?

Experience With Low Cortisol?

Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please,join our community todayto contribute and support the site. This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies. Before being DXed with diabetes, I never needed a Dr, so I've only had a GP for the last few years to refill seasonal allergy meds. When I was in last month for my annual refill, I talked with her physician's assistant about my complete, absolute lack of energy when multiple thyroid tests over the last couple of years through my CDE and endo show no problem. Good news is my GP ordered extra tests to help me find out why I have zero energy, and my thyroid is fine (both T3 and T4). Bad news is my cortisol levels are seriously low. I have a new RX for Cortef (hydrocortisone). My GP said the max dose is 20 mg - I'm starting out at 10mg/day (5mg at 6 AM and 5mg at 11 am). Both she and my pharmacist warned me this could increase my BG, and that I should test more often and adjust insulin as necessary. IF I understood her correctly, I will be getting bloodwork every two months for the next 6 mos. to monitor results. At the 6 month mark, I will possibly stop taking it to see what happens. I think the question may be: am I having a temporary cortisol problem due to stress, or is this a permanent hypo-adrenal situation, similar to hypo-thyroid (Hashimoto's)? At first, I felt incredibly happy that my GP found a real problem to explain my complete lack of energy - it's real and not just in my head (as some people thought). Now I'm trying to understand what this might mean - what the impact will be. Can anyone shed some additional light on this? I have nothing cogent to add except that in my experience, hormones in the morning affect my blood sugar in measurable (blood glucose monitor) ways...but the same Continue reading >>

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