Systematic review blasts “adrenal fatigue” diagnosis

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Posted 26 September 2017

Some healthcare providers are using the term “adrenal fatigue” to describe an alleged condition caused by chronic exposure to stressful situations. According to this theory, chronic stress can lead to “overuse” of the adrenal glands, eventually resulting in their functional failure. Last year, two Brazilian endocrinologists concluded that “adrenal fatigue”—also referred to as “adrenal burnout” and adrenal “exhaustion”—should be regarded as a myth. Their review analyzed the 58 most relevant studies identified in a systematic literature search.

References:
1. Cadegliani FA, Kater CE. Adrenal fatigue does not exist: a systematic review. BMC Endocrine Disorders 16:48(1), 2016
2. A Science-Based Medicine article describes the origin and danger of the “adrenal fatigue” concept. Gavura S. Adrenal fatigue: A fake disease (updated). Science-Based Medicine, June 29, 2017

Source:  Consumer Health Digest #17-37, September 124, 2017

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