A 28-year-old female asked:
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besides addisons disease and adrenal insufficiency what can cause your cortisol to be in the low/normal range all day, and below normal before bed?

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Dr. Karen Dantin
37 years experience Family Medicine
Multiple: can do with some of the other hormones too.
Answered on Jan 5, 2019
Dr. Richard Greenwald
42 years experience Podiatry
Cortisol: The pituitary hormone called adrenocorticotrophic hormone, or ACTH, regulates cortisol production by adrenals. If ACTH is low, this causes low cortisol prdcn, AKA secondary adrenal insufficiency. Taking cortisol-like medication, ie., prednisone, suppresses ACTH, upon cessation of the drug, ACTH can be low for a spell. Also may involve autoimmune condition autoantibodies injure cells-See your doc-
Answered on Dec 29, 2018

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No: It is not. If you're referring to "adrenal fatigue" is is an internet hoax, which doesn't exist. True adrenal insufficiency is luckily very rare.

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