Adrenal Fatigue! Does it Really Exist?

By Yun-Ching Chen, MD

Do you suffer from these common symptoms?

  • Poor energy and reserve
  • Feeling tired but wired, accompanied by frequent symptoms of palpitations, anxiety, inability to manage stress
  • Barely getting over an infection before seemingly getting yet another one
  • Poor concentration and focus, brain fog, and memory loss
  • Depression and/or anxiety
  • Poor sleep
  • Low energy, vitality, and libido
  • Weight gain, esp. in the mid-torso
  • Increased cholesterol, blood pressure, and other markers of heart disease

Although we might like to find one simple cause for all of these symptoms and term it “adrenal fatigue”, the science shows that these clinical presentations are the result of mis-communications in a complex system. The adrenal glands produce over 50 different hormones and metabolites, managing the body’s ability to adapt to the everyday stressors which bombarded us in modern living. Different brain regions like the hypothalamus and pituitary gland can get caught in viscous cycles with prolonged stress responses. Please join Dr. Chen for a detailed discussion on how such mis-communications in the complex regulatory system can lead to excess or deficient production of some of the key adrenal hormones, resulting in so many common clinical presentations experienced by patients.

Dr. Yun-Ching Chen is a board-certified internist who has been in practice for over 20 years, the last 8 years in private medical practice in Capitola. She was previously a clinical assistant professor at the University of Michigan Medical Center, as well as lead physician for the former Santa Cruz Medical Clinic, Downtown site. She has advanced fellowship training in Functional and Regenerative Medicine, has completed additional training in metabolic medicine, and is currently participating in fellowship training in Integrative Cancer Therapeutics. Please see her website at for more information.

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