The Adrenal Glands

The Adrenal Glands

We have two adrenal glands. Each adrenal sits near the top of each kidney and is only the size of a walnut. Each adrenal gland is constructed from an outer section known as the adrenal cortex and an inner or core section know as the adrenal medulla.

The adrenal cortex produces mineralocorticoids, glucocorticoids and androgens.

Hypocortisolism

Low cortisol levels can be very bad news for any thyroid patient hoping for an immediate recovery from hypothyroidism. There are some clues when hypocortisolism (low cortisol or low cortisol-effect) is present:

Treatment Options for Hypocortisolism

The approach that is probably the most common is to do nothing, which can occasionally result in problems during thyroid hormone replacement. However, very frequently when the correct thyroid hormones are provided at the right levels then the cortisol levels quickly recover.

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