What is the connection between hypothyroidism & adrenal fatigue?
Adrenal fatigue is a somewhat controversial topic, but it’s talked about a lot.
Chronic stress leads to the inability of the adrenal gland to make cortisol, leading to symptoms like tiredness, fatigue, etc. Definitely in acute stress situations, adrenal cortisol increases in order to stimulate defense mechanisms in the body. When stress is chronic and the adrenal gland can no longer make cortisol, then it is labeled as adrenal fatigue.
When we have chronic stress, there are numerous things in the body that can be activated via the cell danger response, which then can take a toll on the thyroid gland.
The cell danger response in the body downregulates conversion of T4 to T3, mitochondria function drops, energy (ATP) drops, there’s less T3 in the cells, which can then affect cortisol production.
I encourage you to give this week’s #ThyroidThursday a listen, and also be sure to check out previous Thyroid Thursdays the Thyroid Answers Podcast. Here’s some further listening for you on the connection between the thyroid and adrenal glands:
? Thyroid Thursday #180
? Thyroid Answers Podcast episode 135
See more content from me
The Thyroid Debacle: https://amzn.to/3zHRZYZ