The good news is that there is a test called Adrenal Stress Testing that will measure how your body is dealing with stress but the bad news is most healthcare providers never test for Adrenal Stress. This type of testing is supported in the biochemistry literature and all science majors have studied the "stress response" on the human body in biology courses. Somehow later down the road in healthcare this basic biochemistry knowledge gets over-looked or completely ignored.
Adrenal StressTesting is one of my top recommendations for patients. There is no medication to heal the far reaching effects of dysfunctional adrenal glands. When I am listening to a patient tell me their symptoms and their health history and I hear them say they have symptoms such as fatigue and weight gain or sleeping problems or mood problems I am thinking Adrenals.
If I hear bone loss or blood sugar issues I am thinking ADRENALS. With all the research in this area of science it just doesn't make sense that your adrenal glands are not one of the first organs assessed in the health care model and adrenal stress testing should be recommended. It is important that patients understand that the adrenal glands have long term consequences that affect every other organ in the body.
Do you know what a Pregnenolone Steal Is?
Your body will only produce a certain amount of a hormone called Pregnenolone in a 24 hour period. You should make plenty of it to share it equally between two other hormones called cortisol and sex hormones.
- Today your body will make 24 hours worth of Pregnenolone which will then go on to be divided between cortisol hormones and your SEX hormones.
- If you have stressed out adrenal glands and they are not functioning at optimal levels you will NOT make your sex hormones today and your body will chose to just make cortisol hormones from the pregnenolone hormone that you did make.
- Your body will steal all the pregnenolone hormone you do have and send it over to make cortisol instead which you need to stay alive. If there is not enough to go around your body will ALWAYS pick cortisol over sex hormones. You need cortisol to stay alive.
- When you are using all the pregnenolone you produce to make cortisol in your body you now are sacrificing making your sex hormones and you know how that makes you feel! In biochemistry we call this the "pregnenolone steal."
Now if you have this Pregnenolone Steal going on daily....... how in the world are you going to ever balance your hormones? You can't. You can't balance something you are not even making in the first place! So to treat this condition you MUST have your adrenal glands in perfect working order and that goes for MEN and WOMAN.
Men and Woman are in the same boat! You must obey the biochemistry laws of your body. Another fact is that in woman there is a time in your life when your ovaries will stop producing hormones. This is the time in your life when God has your adrenals turn on and take over. This means your adrenals begin to supply your hormones! You should have very good adrenal glands in top working order. But what I find is most people do not. Now the problem becomes much more complicated when a diagnosis is missed because the adrenal testing was never done. Cells are pre-programmed and biochemistry needs to be happening daily and it doesn't matter if your aware of it or not. Its a fact and medicine needs to be a science and an art not a retail health madness run by insurance companies.
Your Adrenal Glands essentially "turn on" and start producing hormones for you to help you during stressful times, or during pre-menopause and menopause or as a man begins to age! Andropause is just as real as Menopause folks! Now can you see how you can become symptomatic and have symptoms such as not sleeping, sweating, hot flashes, and abdominal weight gain, ED and so on.
So what do you do?
In my medical practice I sell adrenal stress kits and I have my clients test their adrenal glands and find out what is going on inside their bodies. The test is easily mailed to your home with instructions and you simply follow the instructions and mail the test/kit back to the lab. The test is so cheap and it can prevent so many diseases down the road. Many of my clients will submit the bill for this test to their insurance company and some insurance companies will refund the patient for this test.
Based on the Adrenal Stress Test results I'll recommend specific adrenal and blood sugar balancing protocols. to teach you how to fix and reverse and damage that may be going on biochemically. I do not even look at male or female hormone tests or levels unless your adrenal glands are balanced and fixed FIRST! You will NEVER have balanced hormones if your adrenal glands are out of balance.
Adrenal Stress Testing is available from Dr. Carly by calling Coastal Carolina Integrated Medicine at (910)-755-6060.