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Adrenal Function in Related Health Conditions

The adrenal glands produce hormones that are essential to almost every aspect of your health, and must respond to all stresses, including illness, substance abuse and chronic health conditions. Processes that take place in any chronic disease, from arthritis to cancer, place demands on your adrenal glands. Therefore, it is likely that if you are suffering from a chronic disease and morning fatigue is one of your symptoms, your adrenals may have become fatigued to some degree.

If you are receiving a medical treatment that includes the use of corticosteroids, you are probably also experiencing diminished adrenal function. Corticosteroids are designed to imitate the actions of the adrenal hormone, cortisol. Thus, the need for them arises primarily when the adrenals are not providing the required amounts. Corticosteroid use, itself, suppresses the adrenal glands’ natural output of cortisol.

Click on the specific health condition below for a brief explanation how this condition may affect adrenal function.