What are adrenal disorders?
Adrenal Disorders are when your glands make too much or not enough hormones.
The body needs assistance when controlling blood sugar, and burning fat and protein – this is where the adrenal gland comes into play. Adrenal glands are at the top of each kidney, and not only do they produce hormones that control the functions above, but they also regulate blood pressure and how one reacts to stressors (illness or injuries).
Adrenal hormones consist of cortisol, aldosterone, adrenaline, and acute amounts of androgens (sex hormones). When too much or too little is produced, an adrenal disorder arises. The cause of these disorders varies, but they can be congenital, caused by infections, issues with pituitary tumors, or by certain medications.
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One form of overproduction is called Cushing Syndrome (too much cortisol). It can lead to diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and other health complications if not treated. When too much aldosterone is produced, blood pressure rises. If this is not regulated, it will put the patient at risk for stroke, heart attack, heart failure, or kidney failure. Addison’s disease, or adrenal insufficiency (lack of production), complications may include fatigue, muscle weakness, decreased appetite, and weight loss.
Treatment varies by condition. Surgical removal of tumors in the adrenal or pituitary gland and removal of the gland itself is available. Medication is also used to stop overproduction. Another option is hormone replacement therapy.
Why choose Aylo to treat your adrenal disorder?
We have a skilled and trained team of providers including physicians, technicians, and certified nurse practitioners that will be happy to assist you along the way.
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Adrenal Disorders can be diagnosed, managed, and treated at our Aylo Health – Endocrinology at Stockbridge location and any of our Aylo Health – Primary Care locations at Conyers, Ellenwood, Hampton, Jackson, McDonough Hwy 81, McDonough Hwy 155, McDonough Kelly Rd, Locust Grove, and Stockbridge.
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What are the symptoms of Adrenal Disorders?
– Upper body obesity, round face and neck, and thinning arms and legs
– Slow growth rate in children
– High blood pressure
– Muscle and bone weakness
– Moodiness, irritability or depression
– High blood sugar
– Skin problems, such as acne or reddish-blue streaks on the abdomen or underarm area
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