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What are some diseases caused by adrenal glands?

A lot: There are a lot of diseases and syndromes. You have to differentiate between primary and secondary causes of adrenal diseases. ...Read more

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What causes weakened adrenal glands?

What causes weakened adrenal glands?

Almost nothing: "weak" adrenal glands or immune system is not common. It is popular on the internet to sell supplements and nutritional aid that are a waste of money. If you have concerns, see a doctor. You're probably just fine. ...Read more

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How does an anxiety disorder cause the adrenal glands to affect you?

How does an anxiety disorder cause the adrenal glands to affect you?

HPA axis: Untreated anxiety, over time, leads to hyper-activation of the hpa (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal) axis, resulting in chronically elevated glucocorticoid (stress hormone) levels, which has been implicated in contributing to numerous disease processes, including heart disease, stroke, cancer, as well as weakening the immune system, increasing susceptibility to infectious diseases. ...Read more

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How can an anxiety disorder cause the adrenal glands to affect the body?

How can an anxiety disorder cause the adrenal glands to affect the body?

Anxiety & fear: Trigger the fight/flight reaction to a perceived threat. The brain signals the adrenal glands to release Adrenalin as part of that reaction. Fight/flight includes muscle tension, cold hands & feet, increased heart rate, rapid & shallow breathing, stomach upset, headaches, dry mouth, increased sweating, mind racing, & insomnia. ...Read more

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Husband has foculsegmental glomularsclerosis & is exhausted. No probs adrenal glands, what else could it be that causes exhaustion?

Husband has foculsegmental glomularsclerosis & is exhausted. No probs adrenal glands, what else could it be that causes exhaustion?

Exhaustion: Profound fatigue can accompany renal disease, use of corticosteroids, depression, anemia, overwork, and numerous other factors. Discuss this with his doctor and see what is going on since have no access to his records and cannot examine him. Hope he perks up soon. Good luck. ...Read more

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Which types of foods might cause the body to produce testosterone / adrenal glands?

Which types of foods might cause the body to produce testosterone / adrenal glands?

Zinc: Extra zinc can help your body produce more testosterone, as can some health food supplements such as tribulus terrestris! The foods that are richest in zinc include oysters and shellfish, but it is easier to take 50mg of zinc gluconate or acetate! ...Read more

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Why does acetylcholine, an inhibitory neurotransmitter, cause the adrenal glands to release stimulatory hormones?

Why does acetylcholine, an inhibitory neurotransmitter, cause the adrenal glands to release stimulatory hormones?

Not correct: Hi. Acetyl choline (ACh) is not an inhibitory neurotransmitter. The sympathetic nervous system uses ACh as the neurotransmitter in the sympathetic ganglia (the 1st synapse outside the CNS). Usually that's from one neuron to another, but in the adrenal medulla, the cells are really the second neuron, but they release their contents (catecholamines) into the blood, not onto an organ (like the heart) ...Read more

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43 yo f, afternoon cortisol high, cortisol suppression test high, CT of adrenal glands normal. Other causes of elevated cortisol?

43 yo f, afternoon cortisol high, cortisol suppression test high, CT of adrenal glands normal. Other causes of elevated cortisol?

Pituitary: Cortisol is under control of the pituitary. You need to know if the source is coming from the pituitary. We call this Cushing disease. See a specialist to work this up. Cushing's is one of the most difficult diagnosis to make, even for a specialist. ...Read more

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Can pheochromocytoma cause brain lesions if left untreated or unseen? Also which body parts can they be found in? Just adrenal glands or other organs?

Can pheochromocytoma cause brain lesions if left untreated or unseen? Also which body parts can they be found in? Just adrenal glands or other organs?

Only on top of the: Adrenals, not in them. I've never heard of them causing brain lesions. The symptoms can be robust and Anxiety is a big complaint, but many other chemicals can be out of whack besides Adrenaline. ...Read more

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Are the small vessels of the pituitary as susceptible to thrombosis as the vessels of the adrenal glands, or is adrenal insufficiency caused by thrombosis limited to adrenal glands only?

Are the small vessels of the pituitary as susceptible to thrombosis as the vessels of the adrenal glands, or is adrenal insufficiency caused by thrombosis limited to adrenal glands only?

Adrenal hemmorrhage: Adrenal hemorrhage can occur for a variety of reasons, one of which is adrenal vein thrombosis. This usually occurs in complicated settings (cancer, hypercoag states). Hemorrhage can destroy the glands. This does not usually occur in the pituitary. Except for sheehan's syndrome: postpartum pituitary hemorrhage due to shock/bleeding in a susceptible pituitary (enlarged and ready for lactation). ...Read more

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What are the diagnostics test (s) should I do to make sure my thyroid, adrenal glands are ok? Can I detect anemia from CBC test? What else other than this three abnormalities can cause ADHD like feelings?

What are the diagnostics test (s) should I do to make sure my thyroid, adrenal glands are ok? Can I detect anemia from CBC test? What else other than this three abnormalities can cause ADHD like feelings?

Basic stuff: CBC is 100% sensitive for anemia. Thyroid / TSH panel will not miss hyper or hypothyroidism. Morning cortisol is your screen for Addison's; history is best screen for Cushing's rather than dexamethasone suppression test. Be open to the idea that a difficult life situation might explain your feeling unwell before "going gluten-free" or whatever, and be aware that adult ADHD is real and treatable. ...Read more

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Is it possible for magnets to affect adrenal glands / cause low potassium?

Is it possible for magnets to affect adrenal glands / cause low potassium?

No!: Fixed magnets (as opposed to powered electromagnets) produce weak magnetic fields. There is no compelling evidence that these types of magnets exert any physiological effect. They should have no effect on adrenal glands or potassium. Furthermore magnets do not "improve blood flow". The iron in your blood exists in a form that is totally non-magnetic (like rust). ...Read more

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Could I donate my adrenal glands?

Could I donate my adrenal glands?

Not indicated: The medullary portion of the adrenal is responsible for producing the adrenaline compounds and the cortex for expression of cortisone. When an adrenal is lost replacement is not indicated since the functional loss is easily replaced with the necessary oral mediation. ...Read more

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What do I do to revive the adrenal glands?

What do I do to revive the adrenal glands?

May not be needed: The adrenal makes cortisol and adrenaline, which are stress hormones. People who are stressed out are sometimes persuaded that it’s the adrenal’s fault. This is usually not true. "adrenal fatigue" is often a fake diagnosis. Poor adrenal function is determined by an acth (cotrosyn) stim test, and not by measuring just one blood or saliva level. See an endocrinologist about this if necessary. ...Read more

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Hi, do you think I can donate adrenal glands?

Hi, do you think I can donate adrenal glands?

No: Hi. No, no one is doing adrenal transplants. There is not a need for adrenals. Since you seem to care about helping, make your you're down as a donor on your driver's license: people on transplant lists are dwindling waiting for kidneys, heart, liver, lungs. ...Read more

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What are the adrenal glands and what do they do?

What are the adrenal glands and what do they do?

Endocrine glands: Adrenal glands are small triangular shaped glands that sit on top of your kidneys and produce neurotransmitters (epinephrine/norepinephrine), corticosteroids, and mineralcorticoids. They have many effects on the body, including salt/water balance, blood sugar balance, energy metabolism, and immune system regulation. ...Read more

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What is best what to treat your adrenal glands?

What is best what to treat your adrenal glands?

Adrenal gland: What are you treating them for? The treatment depends on what problem you have with them. In cushing's syndrome, the adrenals make too much cortisol and in addison's disease they make too little. The treatment of these diseases is quite different. Please rephrase your question for a meaningful answer. ...Read more

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What is the function of adrenal glands in adults?

What is the function of adrenal glands in adults?

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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Can the removal of the adrenal glands lead to death?

Can the removal of the adrenal glands lead to death?

No: You don't die with removal of the adrenal glands but the hormones it produces are essential for life, so you will need to take hormone replacement for life. You should have a really good reason why the adrenal should be removed. ...Read more

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What's the best way for me to check my adrenal glands?

What's the best way for me to check my adrenal glands?

ACTH test: The adrenal makes cortisol and adrenaline, both of which are stress hormones. People who are stressed out and having trouble coping are sometimes persuaded that it’s the adrenal’s fault. This is usually not true. Poor adrenal function is determined by an acth (cotrosyn) stim test. See an endocrinologist if you have concerns. ...Read more

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What exactly are the adrenal glands responsible for in my body?

What exactly are the adrenal glands responsible for in my body?

Making Hormones: The adrenal cortex makes aldosterone (key regulator of sodium, potassium, and water balance), cortisol (suppresses inflammation, helps the body adapt to illness and injuries), and testosterone-like hormones such as dhea-sulfate and androstenedione. The inner part, or medulla, makes adrenaline (epinephrine) and similar hormones that help your body in "fight or flight" emergencies. ...Read more

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Is it true that growths on adrenal glands are considered tumors?

Is it true that growths on adrenal glands are considered tumors?

Yes: Adrenal growths are not common. Within and expanding the adrenal gland are those tumors of medullary origin. Cortical lesions can produce extensive masses such as those inducing Cushings disease. The medullary pheochomocytomas are benign in 90% of cases and cortical malignancies are also rare Whether benign or malignant, lesions found on the adrenal gland on scan are noted as adrenal tumors ...Read more

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The adrenal glands receive their blood from where?

The adrenal glands receive their blood from where?

Why do you ask?: Are you asking a simple anatomical question or do you have some mystical notion about blood? No magic here: Everything except your heart & lungs gets blood from branches off the aorta. The adrenals get blood from the superior, middle & inferior suprarenal arteries. You can easily find such information yourself by doing a web search. Now, study hard so you can do better on the next pop quiz. ...Read more

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Is there any way to heal the adrenal glands so they produce more cortisol?

Is there any way to heal the adrenal glands so they produce more cortisol?

Generally not: But it depends upon what was wrong with your adrenal glands in the first place. Discuss w/your doctor. ...Read more

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Ok with adrenal glands I heard they make u feel tired I just wondering what can you do for that?

Ok with adrenal glands I heard they make u feel tired I just wondering what can you do for that?

No assumptions: In medicine you do not start with the diagnosis. You start with the symptoms. Fatigue is a common complaint in our world where we eat too much sugar, do not get enough good sleep and do not exercise. Energy drinks are often causing more fatigue by wearing out the heart muscle by causing the heart to beat too fast tricking the brain that this is energy. You need a thorough blood and medical test. ...Read more

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Cortisol, a.M. Test 15.7. No p.M. Test. Concerned re adrenal glands: 20+ cort. Inj. In 2011. Should I have the a.M. And p.M. Tests?

Cortisol, a.M. Test 15.7. No p.M. Test. Concerned re adrenal glands: 20+ cort. Inj. In 2011. Should I have the a.M. And p.M. Tests?

No: Your values are normal (both am cortisol and acth stimulation test). No concern about adrenal insufficiency at this time. The pm test is good to rule out cushing's syndrome, which is not a problem for you either. ...Read more

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Could masturbation tax the adrenal glands?

Could masturbation tax the adrenal glands?

No. Just not true.: I'm sorry someone told you something that foolish. It won't give you addison's disease, and it won't make you short, fat, stupid, hairy, ugly, smooth, infertile, or an unfit husband / father. Your adrenals get you through the most intense physical and mental stress -- while enjoying your body makes it possible for you to relax, sleep, and become a functioning adult. ...Read more

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What ultrasound looks at the adrenal glands?

What ultrasound looks at the adrenal glands?

Retroperitoneal US: Exam should include the adrenals, but they are hard to see with ultrasound unless abnormally large.

They are not usually commented on in an us report unless clearly abnormal. ...Read more

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What effects would a mass on the adrenal glands have on a person?

What effects would a mass on the adrenal glands have on a person?

Maybe nothing: A mass on the adrenal is sometimes found incidentally during a ct scan for something else. Questions to ask: is it making too much hormone, such as cortisol (causing cushing's syndrome) or adrenaline (causing pheochromocytoma). Is it large, or expanding, and therefore a cancer risk? If the mass is small, not enlarging, and not secreting anything, it is probably nothing to worry about. ...Read more