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Underactive adrenal glands
Sunday 22 March 2009
Dr Myhill begins her article by describing the glands:
“It produces adrenaline, which stimulates the instant stress hormone response (fight or flight reaction). It also produces cortisol and DHEA, which create the short- and long-term stress hormone responses.
• Cortisol suppresses the immune system, breaks down tissues and has a generally catabolic effect [breakdown of large molecules into smaller ones to release energy].
• However, these effects are balanced out by DHEA, which has the opposite effect - activating the immune system and building up tissues.
All these hormones are made from cholesterol - just one reason why running a low cholesterol is not necessarily a good thing! Both cortisol and DHEA are essential for life - too little cortisol causes the life threatening Addison's disease; too much causes the debilitating condition Cushing's syndrome.”
The full article can be found here:
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