Adrenal, Hormone & Cortisol Testing

The adrenal glands are the managers of the stress response in our body and control hormones such as Cortisol and DHEA. If these levels are imbalanced, we may experience symptoms such as fatigue, irritability, insomnia, obesity, diabetes, and anxiety and have a more difficult time handling stressful situations.

Adrenal fatigue and related health concerns are all too common in our society and little is being done by the medical community to address and treat it before it gets too late. If you suffer from long term stress, your adrenal glands cannot produce the extra cortisol needed to feel good. That’s when adrenal fatigue sets in. Some of the treatments for better adrenal function is a diet low in sugar, caffeine, and “junk food”. It is best to also supplement that diet with probiotics, vitamins and minerals that include Vitamin B5, B6, and B12, Vitamin C, and Magnesium. It also helps to keep your body more alkaline than acidic.

Adrenal insufficiency can also be diagnosed with a blood test that checks the levels of your cortisol. If too low, hormone replacement may be necessary.

Adrenal disorders are just now coming to the forefront. Many skilled professional have not had the opportunity to learn about it or its importance to your health. Doctors can make a big difference by monitoring their patients for signs and symptoms of adrenal fatigue or insufficiency.

Can a Cup of Coffee Prevent Type 2?

You probably know that coffee seems to help wake you up in the morning—and afternoon, and sometimes in the evening, too. But did you know it might help prevent diabetes?

Studies examining the links between diet and diabetes risk have shown that coffee drinkers have a slightly reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, Parkinson’s disease—and type 2 diabetes. Of all the foods we consume, “coffee has the most potential to prevent type 2 diabetes,” says Marilyn Cornelis, PhD, a nutritionist and assistant professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “With diabetes, the more coffee the better, according to epidemiological studies.”

Coffee is an important source of caffeine, but it’s also got other chemicals that might be protective. The complex aromas that coffee buffs savor come from hundreds of different chemical compounds released in the roasting process, for example, and coffee is known to contain high levels of antioxidants. When those chemicals are ingested, they interact with the body in ways we don’t yet understand — therefore the mystery behind coffee’s protective effects. In technical terms, those smaller elements are known as “metabolites,” after “metabolism,” the process of breaking down nutrients into components we can use.

It’s time to rethink coffee’s reputation as a bad habit. This year, the Food and Drug Administration acknowledged coffee’s benefits for the first time and suggested five cups as a healthy upper limit, more than in the past. So why not encourage everyone in America to drink coffee? “In general, people are already consuming the amount they appear to tolerate,” Cornelis says. “If someone’s had too much coffee, they can tell.”

Thanks to their genes, some people are simply better at metabolizing caffeine. For example, some people can down an espresso after dinner and sleep soundly all night, while others get the jitters all day from a single cup with breakfast. Someone who metabolizes caffeine faster is going to get less of a jolt per cup and be more likely to drink more coffee each day—and therefore might get more of the chemicals that reduce diabetes risk.

Most of the studies in people and animals have used black coffee, rather than sugary, milky concoctions. The extra calories in a Frappucino, in other words, probably offset any benefits the coffee inside may convey. “With this in mind, black coffee would be the preferred choice,” says Cornelis.