The Missing Link in Hormone Balance
Your adrenal glands play a critical role in your overall health. Located above the kidneys, the adrenals are small but mighty. If you think of your endocrine system as a team that works together to keep your body functioning well, the adrenal glands are the MVP. The adrenal glands produce several different hormones that do important jobs like regulating metabolism, supporting your immune system, controlling blood pressure, managing reproduction and sexual function, and responding to stress.1 When the adrenal glands are not functioning properly, it can cause hormonal imbalance and can even lead to hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis dysfunction, which you may sometimes hear referred to as “adrenal fatigue”.
Adrenal Testing and Treatment in San Diego
San Diego hormone expert Dr. Brooke Leverone is passionate about educating patients on the role that adrenal glands play in overall hormonal balance. As a California-licensed Naturopathic Doctor, she offers comprehensive adrenal testing and treatment when symptoms indicate a potential adrenal dysfunction. While traditional medical doctors often look at individual pieces of the puzzle, Dr. Leverone takes a holistic approach to health to ensure that all aspects of the hormonal systems are functioning together to maintain a hormonal balance that supports optimal health and well-being.
Symptoms of Adrenal Dysfunction
Adrenal dysfunction can affect everyone differently and symptoms may be impacted by corresponding hormonal imbalances. Common symptoms include:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Moodiness and irritability
- Heavy periods
- Increased PMS symptoms
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Brain fog and difficulty concentrating
- Weight management issues
- Frequent illnesses
What Causes Adrenal Dysfunction?
The adrenal glands are responsible for making cortisol, and chronic stress, even if caused by micro-stressors throughout the day, can cause cortisol production to spike. Cortisol is known as the stress hormone but it does more than just help your body manage stress. The cells in your body have cortisol receptors, so when cortisol is out of balance, it can affect a range of functions.
Adrenal Fatigue and Adrenal Dysregulation
The traditional medical establishment does not accept adrenal fatigue as a legitimate diagnosis. However, Dr. Brooke Leverone understands that the hormonal system is complex, with a sensitive ebb and flow that can have a huge impact on our health and well-being. While some doctors only treat symptoms, she carefully considers all potential causes for a patient’s individual symptoms in order to treat the underlying issue.
Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis dysfunction is a technical diagnostic term that can be a more accurate way of accounting for symptoms that are linked to adrenal fatigue. HPA axis dysfunction takes a bigger picture look at the endocrine system with the knowledge that symptoms such as sleep issues, digestive problems, and sexual dysfunction may be affected by the adrenal glands, but can also have an underlying cause in the hypothalamus or pituitary gland. Studies also show that adrenal dysfunction can be closely tied to autoimmune conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome.2
Menopause and Adrenal Dysfunction
For women, the way that we experience the hormone phases of life can be greatly impacted by our adrenal health. It can be difficult to maintain hormonal balance throughout perimenopause and menopause and if you enter this phase in a state of adrenal dysfunction, you can experience severe symptoms of hormonal imbalance.
The building blocks that make cortisol are the same that make progesterone, our primary reproductive hormone. Progesterone helps with estrogen production and influences libido and reproductive health. If you have an imbalance of cortisol or progesterone, you will not have the hormonal support your body needs to handle the decrease of estrogen that occurs with menopause. Dr. Leverone takes care to check adrenal function for all patients nearing or in a menopausal age range because she knows that healthy adrenal levels are necessary for managing the hormone fluctuations that can occur at this stage of life.
Contact Dr. Brooke Leverone
You deserve to live life with health and vitality. If you suffer from fatigue, brain fog, difficulty sleeping, or other symptoms that affect your quality of life, Dr. Brooke Leverone can help. Contact us today to learn more or schedule your consultation appointment.
Dr. Leverone has been instrumental in helping me heal my body from years of chronic issues that my “regular doctors” either dismissed as low-normal, misdiagnosed, or plain ignored. I am so grateful for her thoughtful and informative approach. My quality of life is far better because of Dr. Leverone. THANK YOU!
How It Works
PHASE 1: RESET
Meet Dr. Leverone for a comprehensive visit with functional lab testing and receive your prescriptions for custom BHRT.
PHASE 2: RENEW
Discuss with Dr. Leverone the improvements you are experiencing and address any continuing symptoms that have not shifted in a positive direction in your lab work.
PHASE 3: REFINE
Dr. Leverone will review your routine and suggest changes to maintain your hormone balance. You can expect to feel rejuvenated with significant improvement in your well-being.
PHASE 4: MAINTAIN
You will have a new perspective on your body, and the tools and knowledge needed to maintain your mood, energy, and health will be second nature.
1 John Hopkins Medicine. Adrenal Glands. Available: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/adrenal-glands Accessed March 17, 2021.
2 Tomas C, Newton J, Watson S. A review of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis function in chronic fatigue syndrome. ISRN Neurosci. 2013;2013:784520. Published 2013 Sep 30. doi:10.1155/2013/784520