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Adrenal Glands (Suprarenal Glands) are endocrine glands that produce a variety of hormones including adrenaline and the steroids aldosterone and cortisol. They are found above the kidneys and each gland has an outer cortex which produces steroid hormones and an inner medulla. The adrenal cortex is divided into three zones: zone glomerulosa, zone fascilculata, and zone reticularis.
The body has feedback loops between hormonal glands that must be considered in stable health. The loop exists between thee adrenals and pancreas, showing up in dysfunctional patterns, for example, low energy and memory loss.
A classic sign of adrenal fatigue is hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) due to key roles of adrenal hormones epinephrine, norepinephrine, and cortisol that helps to regulate blood sugar. Long-term stress causes exhaustion in the adrenals due to their role in sleep patterns, energy, hormones, menopause, anxiety, etc. When stressed over time, the body receives signals to raise blood sugar (glucose) levels.
The pancreas responds by releasing more insulin to encourage the movement of this glucose from the bloodstream to the cells to be used as energy for the body. Too much causes health imbalances and considered to be pre-diabetic state. The pancreas plays a vital role in balancing many other hormones. Having stable blood sugar and insulin is essential in order to have other hormones stabilize and remain stable over time, (Natural Awakenings/May 2016; Wikipedia).
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