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How are adrenal insufficiency and adrenal fatigue related?

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Adrenal insufficiency is a medically recognized condition that can be diagnosed. Adrenal fatigue is not.

Adrenal insufficiency is when your adrenal glands don’t make enough of the stress hormone cortisol. It can make you tired, lack appetite, lose weight, and have weak muscles or stomach pains. The condition can be confirmed with a blood test that checks to see if your cortisol levels are too low. If you have it, you’ll need replacement hormones.

SOURCES:

AdrenalFatigue.org: "FAQ on Adrenal Fatigue."       

Hormone Health Network (Endocrine Society): "Myth Vs. Fact: Adrenal Fatigue."

MayoClinic.org: "Adrenal Fatigue: What Causes it?"

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Adrenal Insufficiency and Addison's Disease."

American Association of Naturopathic Physicians:  “What is a Naturopathic Doctor?”

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Complementary, Alternative, or Integrative Health: What’s In a Name?”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on February 8, 2019

SOURCES:

AdrenalFatigue.org: "FAQ on Adrenal Fatigue."       

Hormone Health Network (Endocrine Society): "Myth Vs. Fact: Adrenal Fatigue."

MayoClinic.org: "Adrenal Fatigue: What Causes it?"

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Adrenal Insufficiency and Addison's Disease."

American Association of Naturopathic Physicians:  “What is a Naturopathic Doctor?”

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Complementary, Alternative, or Integrative Health: What’s In a Name?”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on February 8, 2019

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