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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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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 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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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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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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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 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 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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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

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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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