Adrenal Fatigue Part 2-How to Know if You Have Adrenal Fatigue

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Adrenal Fatigue Part 2: How to Know if You Have Adrenal Fatigue

If you haven’t seen part 1: What is Adrenal Fatigue, you can view it here.

Adrenal fatigue is a term that is thrown around casually lately with lists and lists of symptoms.  This can lead to quite a bit of confusion.  However, the adrenal glands will be affected by and affect virtually any disease state in the human body.

I am commonly asked how to definitively know if you have adrenal fatigue.  And while there are lists of symptoms the truth is that there is only one surefire way to know if you do have adrenal fatigue and that is with and an adrenal stress profile.

  • The adrenal stress profile is a lab test that myself or other functional medicine physicians can prescribe.  It uses either saliva or urine taken at different times throughout the day to determine the level of hormone production by the adrenal glands. 
  • The test doesn’t just answer the question of yes or no but tells us specifically what stage if any of adrenal fatigue we are in.  This allows us to treat if more accurately.

There are generally three stages of adrenal fatigue. 

  1. Stage 1-stress hormone production rises
  2. Stage 2-hormone production begins to decrease
  3. Stage 3-Hormone production bottoms out

The reason that the list of symptoms can be so confusing is because you can have any symptoms during any of the three stages

Remember that Adrenal dysfunction is like a canary in the coal mine for the body.  If you do you have adrenal fatigue and its not corrected, you are significantly increasing your risk of degenerative disease.

If you want to decide if you should get tested a good thing to do is to take an adrenal fatigue questionnaire to see if you are risk. 

You can download the questionnaire here.

  • I should mention that this is a subjective questionnaire and is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any particular condition.  However it will give you an indication as to whether it makes sense to pursue adrenal testing. 
  • Please try to answer the questionnaire as honestly as possible.  All of us have a tendency to answer health questions as we would like them to be as opposed to how things actually are.

In the next video we will be discussing what to do if you have adrenal fatigue and how to recover in the shortest possible time.

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