Small glands located above each kidney are called adrenal glands. These glands produce hormones that we cannot live without them. Some of these hormones are sex hormone and cortisol. Cortisol helps to respond to stress and has many other important functions.
Disorders of the adrenal glands reduce or increases the hormonal secretion and cause imbalances in them.
For example, cortisol is secreted too much in Cushing’s syndrome; or in Addison’s disease, cortisol levels are very low. Some people are not able to secrete enough cortisol from the very beginning.
The most common causes of adrenal gland disorder include:
- Stress and lack of relaxation
- Modern and inappropriate diet includes artificial sweeteners, preservatives
- Not enough sleep
- Insufficient mobility
- Genetic mutations
- Certain medicines
- Problems in other glands such as the pituitary gland
Often a particular condition causes the secretion of the adequate hormones by the adrenal glands. It’s better to check with your doctor for a complete assessment.