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Doctor insights on: Adrenal Cortex Supplements

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more


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Are there any known side effects from Adrenal Cortex (from Bovine) taken via supplement orally?

Are there any known side effects from Adrenal Cortex (from Bovine) taken via supplement orally?

Why take adrenal?: Bovine adrenal cortex will contain a mixture of steroids, especially cortisol. This will suppress your natural adrenal output, and can cause diabetes, osteoporosis, central obesity, and on and on. Google "cushing's syndrome" and "side effects of steroids" to get the picture. Why do this? ...Read more

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What are the different layers of adrenal cortex?

What are the different layers of adrenal cortex?

3 layers: Zona glomerulosa, zona fasciculata and zona reticularis. ...Read more

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What hormone is produced by the adrenal cortex?

Rather 3 not 1: In a nutshell: 1- Cortisol, which is cortisone important for several metabolic functions,its release is regulated by the pituitary gland in the brain, 2- Aldosterone, plays a role in controlling blood pressure and balancing salts in circulation, and 3- acts a secondary site for producing Androgens, as testosterone and others, which have several effects on muscle mass and cell growth, ...Read more

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What occurs to the adrenal cortex if you take to much steroids?

What occurs to the adrenal cortex if you take to much steroids?

Shrinks down: If you do not use a gland, it tends to atrophy, or shrink. If you take steroid pills, your adrenals do not need to produce any, and the glands atrophy. The cells, however, do not die, so they will come back, but it can take time, depending on how long you were on steroids and what dose. ...Read more

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What happens to the adrenal cortex if you take too much steroids?

How much? How long?: It depends on the steroids potency (they differ), the length of time you take it, and the amount you are taken. Very modest suppression can occur within a week, because acth production by the pituitary will decrease, but reawaken in a couple of days. However high doses for along period (1mo) will atrophy the adrenal gland and you will need to taperm commencing with an alternate day regimen. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens to the adrenal cortex if you take to much steroids?

Adrenal suppression: Taking large dose of steroids orally for a long time and suddenly stopping them may lead to adrenal crisis and death. This is manifested as shock that doesn't respond to common blood pressure-raising medications. ...Read more

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Why does the adrenal cortex of adrenal glands enlarge during the summer in females?

Adrenals: This is news to me. I cannot think of any physiologic reason. And any "enlargement" would not be noticeable on a scan. ...Read more

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If the adrenal cortex is not working properly does that means all of its hormones are affected?

If the adrenal cortex is not working properly does that means all of its hormones are affected?

Adrenal cortex: If you have addison's disease, you will lose production of cortisol, and often aldosterone (na/k balance) too. Epinephrine is not usually affected. Beware of the diagnosis of "adrenal fatigue". Adrenals respond to the situation at hand. They can fail (i.e. Addison's), but don't usually fatigue. If you are being told this, see an endocrinologist to make sure about the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Addisons disease is caused by decreased functioning of the adrenal cortex. What causes the decreased functioning?

Addisons disease is caused by decreased functioning of the adrenal cortex. What causes the decreased functioning?

Addison's: There are a number of causes. Autoimmunity is common. Just as Hashimoto's causes decreased function of the thyroid, autoimmunity can cause Addison's disease. Other causes are Tb, hemorrhage (following surgery or severe infection), tumors. Or it can be secondary to pituitary problems. ...Read more

Cortex (Definition)

The cortex is the outer part of the brain or gray matter. It covers both the cerebrum and the cerebellum. See: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/cerebral_cortex for more details about the anatomy and ...Read more