Adrenal Deficiency: Insufficient production of Cortisol Hormone

Adrenal Deficiency

Adrenal deficiency or insufficiency is a condition characterized by inadequate production of steroid hormone namely cortisol. Occasionally the condition may be associated with impaired production of aldosterone which regulates sodium and potassium metabolism in the body.

Adrenal Deficiency Symptoms

The condition is also referred to as the Addison’s disease and is characterized by symptoms including,

  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Gastrointestinal disturbance like diarrhea, nausea and vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue and muscular weakness
  • Depression and changing moods and personalities
  • Low levels of blood pressure
  • Adrenal shock in cases of severe adrenal crisis

Treatment for Adrenal Deficiency

The treatment primarily focuses on complementing the bodies need for cortisol and minorocorticoids, depending upon the nature of the condition.

However diet plays a crucial role in management of the condition

Adrenal Deficiency Diet

The diet should comprise of a combination of proteins, fats, complex carbohydrates. Here are some simple tips for the diet,

  1. Moderate level of consumption of salt is recommended in patients with adrenal insufficiency. Sea salt is preferred unless the individual suffers from high blood pressure levels
  2. The diet should comprise of fish, eggs, soy, legumes, nuts, seeds, meat, etc which are high in proteins.
    Protein have greater nutritive value and are easier to digest when eaten raw or after being lightly cooked
  3. Vegetables should form an integral part of the diet as vegetables provide essential vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and high amount of fiber. Ideally 6-8 servings should be consumed each day comprising of highly colored vegetables.

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