You may have heard about a condition called adrenal fatigue in recent years. As we come to better understand the aging process and how our bodies respond to a lifetime of stress, the theory of adrenal fatigue has gained prominence.
What’s Adrenal Fatigue?
In essence, adrenal fatigue is a mild form of adrenal insufficiency, meaning that your body’s adrenal glands are not able to keep up with hormone production in response to life’s stresses, which is their usual job. If that’s the case for you, you may start to see a variety of unpleasant symptoms that make it hard to handle stress and easy to struggle with leading a balanced, healthy life.
At Age Management Center of New England, we specialize in natural hormone therapy, which is the leading safe and effective treatment for adrenal fatigue, helping your body to produce the right amounts of hormones and restoring health and balance–things that are even more important as you age.
Symptoms To Look For
Here are five common symptoms of adrenal fatigue, that may suggest you should contact a physician for treatment recommendations.
- Waking up tired, as if you never slept
- After work crashes
- Fatigue and low energy
- Body and joint aches and pains
- Unexplained weight loss or gain
- Changes in skin, such as loss of elasticity or hyperpigmentation
- Low blood pressure and getting light headed easily
At our offices in Maine and Florida, we can diagnose whether you have adrenal fatigue or some other type of hormone deficiency through blood tests and stimulation tests that will determine your body’s hormone levels. If you have inadequate adrenal or other hormone levels, we can design an individualized plan of treatment to bring you back to your optimal health, possibly including hormone replacement therapy.
Another aspect of treatment for adrenal fatigue can be nutraceuticals. A newer term that encompasses foods, food products, vitamins, and dietary supplements that are of medicinal quality, grade and provide good bio-availability, as recommended by a doctor. In other words, not the cheap stuff you might grab off a big-box store shelf after reading a couple of online articles about nutrition! We recommend carefully chosen doses of nutraceuticals that fit your body exactly, and will help you to find the highest-quality and most effective products.
HRT for Adrenal Fatigue
Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, is a treatment often used to treat symptoms of menopause and andropause, as well as other age-related conditions. It replaces lost levels of hormones in your body that decrease with age, and the same concept can apply to replacing adrenal hormones that are lacking.
Our HRT protocols come from plant sources and are bio-identical to the ones naturally occurring in your body, so there are few side effects or negative reactions to the treatment. HRT often consists of regularly taken medication, monitored by your physician.
We always recommend talking to a physician who is familiar with hormonal insufficiencies before embarking on a program of treatment; there are many marketed products out there that advertise they can help, but without proper hormone testing and a doctor’s oversight and guidance, you can do yourself more harm than good by using them. Age Management Center of New England sees patients nationwide, so don’t hesitate to contact us wherever you are.