ask: Have you gained weight as a result of adrenal fatigue (low cortisol levels)? How did you lose it, or manage it?

By dianne2454 March 3, 2009 - 8:03pm
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My Dr. tells me that until I heal my adrenals, my metabolism isn't functioning. I have gained a lot of weight (15-20 lbs), mostly around the middle. I used to run marathons and am fairly active, but am told that I should not do anything aerobic right now. How can I shed this unwanted weight?

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I am curious to know what anyone thinks about situation. I can relate to a few things on here. I am 26 years old and have been suffering from extreme fatigue for a couple of years now. I go to a Chiropractor and he has had me do a saliva test which showed that my cortisol is extremely low. I have also done blood testing which showed that my thyroid is fine, but that my testosterone levels are on the higher side of normal and my estrogen is a lot higher than my progesterone. I have weight around my mid section, which doesn't seem to correlate with low cortisol. My Chiropractor has me taking a B complex, adrenal herb supplement and array of other vitamins. We are at a loss in what to do. If anyone knows what might be going on please assist. Thanks

January 27, 2015 - 5:38pm
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Hi betsy can u give me d details for this woman who helped u in your thyroid and adrenals??? I m freaking out with weight

July 31, 2014 - 9:21am
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I am 37 and was diagnosed with hormonal imbalance and adrenal fatigue. I lost my dad to mesothelioma the day my daughter was 3 months old, Thanksgiving 2007. For nearly 6 years, I developed chronic stress, inability to cope, and a whirlwind of medications that didn't help. 3 years ago slowly stopped meds with dr. help. 3 months ago, Cindy Smith at Reeves-Sain wellness in Murfreesboro, TN, diagnosed my problem via saliva testing. As it turns out, all of my hormones were significantly a 65 year female going through menopause. I wasn't shocked. I began progesterone, DHEA, and adrenal supplements (Dr. James Wilson's regimen). After 3 days, of tx, my mom passed unexpectedly (11/5). So, here goes the roller coaster again. I will have to say that my supplements must be working at least a little b/c I still get up, get going, and put on make-up (haha). I am just wondering if I am the only one out there my age that is experiencing this. --37 in Bell Buckle, TN

January 15, 2014 - 8:00am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

No. You not the only one. After taking care of my mom for several years I found her in our home. She passed April 1,2008
I tried to deal with it without any help. A year later I ended up with a severe case of pneumonia that stayed for three months. I gained several hundred pounds and have been told by 5 Dr that it was because of what I was eating. They could not understand that I was starving myself. I just found out that my thyroid level is on the border and my cortisol level is 0.5 when it is supposed to be 6-20.

October 14, 2014 - 10:42pm

HI there I have just joined up and think this is a very useful site so here goes I have been feeling ill for years now and the doc keeps saying its stress and arthritis i go to docs so often they all know my name how sad is that ha. Well now I have to go back tomorrow as my morning cortisol are high at last something shows up I am sure they think I am a hypo as a kid I was on massive doses of steroids for my asthma till I was 17 i asked the doc could that be part of the problem this doc then did this test.

October 9, 2011 - 1:49am
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I would highly recommend reading up on the Maffetone Method by Dr. Phil Maffetone. In his book he talks about the physiological effects of both aerobic and anaerobic excercise. As an (ex)Ironman triathlete, I realize, after reading his books, how much damage I have done to my body by poor training methods. All of my intense training has caused burnout - adrenal fatigue. Training at anaerobic levels too often led me to be a carbohydrate burning machine - according to Maffetone, I did not allow my body to use fat for energy during workouts, I depended on cokes and gels. Therefore, my sugar cravings became insatiable. After a torn achilles and surgery, my weight sky-rocketed and so did my cravings.

Today I work on only my aerobic "engine" so that I don't cause undue adrenal stress. Training purely aerobically causes several physiological adaptations that anaerobic exercise cannot, appropriate fat-burning being one of them. Another benefit of pure aerobic training is fortifying of the tendons, ligaments, and muscles, and development of the necessary blood vessels to nourish those tissues during exercise. Jumping into anaerobic exercise without the proper development of the aerobic system can also cause injuries because the body has not had time to adapt. There is so much more in Maffetone's books...

There is a time and place for anaerobic exercise, but I won't be doing it any time soon. Hope this helps!

March 16, 2009 - 12:17pm
alysiak (reply to Anonymous)

Because you were such an incredible athlete (I admire anyone who can do an Ironman) and realize your previously poor training methods, you should also appreciate the concept of balance.

I caution our readers to create balance in their exercise programs. Talk to your doctor, get referred to a good physical therapist or trainer to get an exercise program designed just for you. Too many people go into an exercise program as though it's a cookie-cutter deal. NOT! We're not cookie-cut people.

August 6, 2009 - 7:41pm

Hi, Anon (Dianne?):

I can certainly identify with stress build-up over an extended period of time. I used to take DHEA, as well, for a time. But, I found that physical activity made me feel better. Besides, I forget to take my supplements.

I can also identify with the belly fat and menopause issues. Frustrating.

Do you keep a food and fitness journal? Keeping track of what you eat and your daily activity helps keep you on track, and holds you accountable for your eating habits and exercise.

What two books did you just order?

March 6, 2009 - 8:47pm
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Anonymous (reply to alysiak)

Hello again,

I agree - physical activity does make one feel better. I enjoy walking and when I start my day off with a nice long one, it sets the tone for the entire day.

I don't keep a journal, but plan to start. I really need to get a handle on what foods trigger me feeling sluggish vs. more energetic.

The books I ordered are Adrenal Fatigue ... the 21st Century Sndrome and the Cortisol Connection. I think they'll both provide me some more information on how cortisol impacts overall health, and I hope they give some insight into what foods to avoid, how to heal adrenals, etc.

My goal is to feel rested, look rested, and to take off this stubborn 20 lbs!

March 8, 2009 - 8:12pm
alysiak (reply to Anonymous)

Thank you for the book titles, I'll look for them. While I don't think I'm suffering from stress, I do think there are food triggers contributing to my inability to shed weight and overall feeling of sluggishness.

March 9, 2009 - 5:23pm
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