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Are naturopaths legitimate. One gave me adrenal gland extract to help with fatigue saying the extract will support my glands.Don't you just digest it?

Are naturopaths legitimate. One gave me adrenal gland extract to help with fatigue saying the extract will support my glands.Don't you just digest it?

Probably not helpful: True adrenal gland extract would contain some hormones including epinephrine which might escape digestion and increase your heart rate and blood pressure among other things. But most of it would be digested and have no effect. The "extract" they use is from untested, and unregulated sources and is unlikely to contain anything of value, let alone medical value. Save your money. ...Read more

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Why can't you have an adrenal gland transplant?

Why can't you have an adrenal gland transplant?

Good Question: It probably could be done, but would involve difficult microsurgery of the adrenal gland blood vessels. However, if the adrenal was transplanted from another individual who was not an identical twin, you would need to take powerful anti-rejection drugs. The indication would be for addison's disease, which can usually be treated with other replacement oral steroids. ...Read more

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What causes adrenal gland problems?

What causes adrenal gland problems?

Many causes: "adrenal problems" is a very broad question. Your adrenal produces hormones, including cortisol and adrenaline. We need these hormones to sustain life; they are increased in response to stress. Adrenal failure can be from autoimmunity; adrenal overactivity from tumors. Alternative practitioners often allege “adrenal fatigue” from chronic stress. See an endocrinologist for adrenal problems. ...Read more

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Could one live without an adrenal gland?

Could one live without an adrenal gland?

Adrenal: There is an adrenal gland attached to both kidneys. If you no longer have active adrenal glands you must follow your doctor's advice about necessary hormone replacement. If both adrenal glands are working fine, or you are taking the right medicine if you have no adrenals enjoy life! ...Read more

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How does my adrenal gland affect my body?

How does my adrenal gland affect my body?

Often, yes: Addison's disease is an autoimmune disease which harms the cortex of the adrenal glands. However, anything that damages the adrenal cortex can also cause primary adrenal insufficiency. ...Read more

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Describe the function of the adrenal gland?

Describe the function of the adrenal gland?

Multifunctional: Very briefly, the adrenal gland can be divided between the cortex and medulla. The cortex makes a variety of hormones which control salt balance, cortisol, and androgens. The medulla primarily secretes norepinephrine and epinephrine. Functions of medulla and cortex are completely different as are the way their hormones are made and how they work. ...Read more

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What does the adrenal gland do for a person?

What does the adrenal gland do for a person?

Adrenal gland: This is a very important hormone. I recommend you go online and look for articles designed for non-doctors that will give you a lot of understandable information about the adrenal gland and others. Once you have read a few articles and still have questions, don't hesitate to ask again! ...Read more

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Which test is done to see which adrenal gland is bad?

Which test is done to see which adrenal gland is bad?

No easy answer: It depends on what you mean by "bad". If you have adrenal insufficiency, then both glands have to be bad and you need an ACTH stim test. If there is a mass, then a CT or MRI can evaluate it. If one gland is overproducing a hormone, then you may need a complicated procedure to draw blood from the veins that drain each gland. See your endocrinologist. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have problems with my adrenal gland?

How to tell if I have problems with my adrenal gland?

See endocrinologist: Hi. Many types of adrenal problems are possible, including under-production and over-production of various hormones, tumors (benign or malignant), hemorrhage, infection, etc, etc. See an endocrinologist if your doctor thinks you have an adrenal problem. ...Read more