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Adrenal Hormones Function
Saliva tests and symptoms show low functioning adrenal glands, but how to know if there is need for hormonal medications such as hydrocortisone?
Work with your Dr: The accuracy of the salivary test results are depended on many factors including timing of the test and type of assay used. If your Dr determines the results are truly low, additional testing is needed to determine if due to primary or secondary adrenal insufficiency. Work with your doctor or endocrinologist and do not start hydrocortisone until then. ...Read more
A hormone (from greek ὁρμή, "impetus") is a chemical released by a cell or a gland in one part of the body that sends out messages that affect cells in other parts of the organism. Only a little amount of hormone is required to alter cell metabolism. In essence, it is a chemical messenger that transports a signal from ...Read more
Normal is default: Pt's with significant adrenal issues usually come to medical attention because of symptoms. Symptoms can be challenging and complex. Fortunately failure is uncommon. It is not standard practice to check adrenal hormones to see if they are right without significant symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The adrenal: Glands produce a variety of very essential hormones. Your doctor can evaluate your problems and do appropriate testing (if indicated) to evaluate your adrenal function. Adrenal disorder do occur, but are relatively uncommon. ...Read more
Adrenal: Of coarse there are medications for low adrenal hormones but if that has been documented surely your doctor has prescribed appropriate treatment for you. If you have not had any studies related to adrenal hormones what are you concerned about? If you have not seen your doctor about this please do so as soon as possible. Making the low adrenal hormones studies is easy. ...Read more
Depends: Depends on the adrenal cell line that is in a state of increased proliferation (neoplasia). Most commonly cushinoid and virlization features. Some cases of acth-dependent cushing's syndrome occur in a periodic or cyclical form, with intermittent and variable cortisol secretion, the symptoms and signs waxing and waning according to the active periods of the disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What does it mean to have high dhea sulfate levels (elevated adrenal hormones)? What are the problems associated with this? What can it lead to?
By itself: A high (how high) dheas level may mean nothing at all. I don't know why the level would have been drawn in the first place. It can be significantly (not slightly) elevated in a variety of ovarian or adrenal problems, including pcos. It is also stimulated by certain medications. As a solitary finding without other clinical information, however, it has no value. Talk w/the doctor who ordered it, . ...Read more
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
I found out that I have low fasting cortisol 111 nmol/l , does that mean all my adrenal hormones are low?
WHile your: Result is low, one abnormal test doesn't make a diagnosis. It needs to be repeated with an 8am blood cortisol at a quality lab and correlated with historical and physical exam data (plus potentially other lab tests) by your physician. Besides, the other adrenal hormones are controlled by different mechanisms than cortisol. ...Read more
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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