The Adrenal Connection – The Thyroid and Diabetes
It is undebatable that there is a strong relationship between thyroid and diabetes disorders. Adrenals are responsible for the relationship. The adrenal glands are located at the top of kidneys. They produce adrenaline, the hormone responsible for flight and fight. The adrenal glands also produce a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol is a vital hormone in the body, although in high levels it causes weight gain.
Stress causes autoimmune diseases. Come to think of it; traumatic events trigger diseases such as diabetes. Stress overworks the adrenal glands resulting in over production or under production of the cortisol hormone. An imbalance in the cortisol hormone level is a recipe for health complications.
Similarly, chronic infections that cause inflammation result in overproduction of the cortisol hormone. This hormone is an anti-inflammatory. Also, the hormone aids in balancing blood sugar level. The adrenal glands connect the endocrine system, blood sugar, and stress, thus the whole relationship between diabetes and thyroid disorders.
The symptoms of malfunctioning of adrenal glands and thyroid glands are similar. In the event of these symptoms, Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) test and an adrenal saliva test should be taken. Adrenal dysfunction is real, though most practitioners dismiss this thought.
There are three stages of adrenal dysfunction. In the first stage, the cortisol hormone levels are high. In the second stage, the hormone levels are “all over the place”. In stage three the cortisol levels are low.
Phase three has its toll on patients. These patients are totally fatigued – brain fatigue and body fatigue. They long for the hours between 9 pm and midnight when they are most productive. The only solution for these patients is to try and get their adrenal glands to produce more cortisol. Conventional medicine does not recognize the importance of cortisol, but it is what keeps the body moving.
Some qualified alternative medicine practitioners address issues with the adrenal glands. There is evidence that autoimmune diseases can be controlled by treating the adrenal glands.