Symptoms, conditions and causes

What is adrenal insufficiency?

  1. Definition and Symptoms:

    • Adrenal insufficiency, also known as Addison's disease, is characterized by low cortisol levels. Symptoms include fatigue, weakness, weight loss, and low blood pressure.

  2. Causes:

    • It can be triggered by stress or trauma, which may be physical or mental.

    • Long-term use of corticosteroids like prednisone can also weaken the adrenal glands, contributing to this condition.

  3. Impact on the Body:

    • Cortisol is crucial for managing stress and has about 200 different functions in the body. It helps in responding to stress and maintaining blood pressure.

    • When cortisol levels are low, it can lead to various health issues, including an impaired immune response.

  4. Treatment and Management:

    • Dr. Berg emphasizes the importance of B vitamins, particularly B1, to support the body under stress, which is crucial for individuals dealing with adrenal insufficiency.

Last updated: May 03, 2024 18:55 PM