Adrenal conditions are a group of disorders that affect the adrenal glands, which are responsible for producing steroid hormones and cortisol, also known as the stress hormone. These hormones regulate blood sugar levels, assist in digestion, influence cardiovascular systems, and manage the body’s response to stress.
Adrenal conditions are uncommon but severe health issues that hinder the adrenal glands’ ability to produce steroid hormones. They can be classified into two main categories: primary AI and secondary AI.
The symptoms of adrenal conditions can vary depending on the type of condition, but they may include:
Adrenal conditions require consistent monitoring and treatment with medications. Sometimes, during stressful periods, medication adjustments may be required. A close collaboration with an endocrinologist allows patients to receive the personalized treatment they require.
If you or a loved one has an adrenal condition, always wear a medical bracelet or tag for others to be aware, and familiarize yourself with the signs of an adrenal crisis to seek immediate treatment.