Adrenal Gland Hormones

The adrenal glands lie in the upper pole of both kidneys, and produce a variety of hormones which interact with thyroid hormone in the body.These adrenal hormones include:

  • DHEA

  • hydrocortisone

  • estrogen

  • testosterone

  • progesterone

  • pregnenolone

Inadequate Thyroid Hormone COnversion

Estrogen and progesterone are needed in the conversion of inactive T4 thyroid hormone into its active form, T3. Inadequate production of adrenal gland hormones can result in a conversion of inactive T4 to inactive reverse-T3.

Balancing the Adrenal Glands with the Thyroid Gland

Dr. David Brownstein writes:

“When thyroid hormone is prescribed for a hypothyroid state, the metabolism of the body is increased. This increased metabolism will, in turn, stimulate the adrenal glands to secret more of their hormones including hydrocortisone. Hydrocortisone is necessary to mobilise glucose out of the cells in order to supply energy to all of the cells of the body. If the adrenal glands are unable to increase their production of adrenal hormones … increasing the metabolism of the body with thyroid hormone can overload the poorly functioning adrenal glands and precipitate a failure of the adrenal glands. The consequences of this can be severe, as

adrenal failure is incompatible with life”

“If the levels of adrenal hormones are sub-optimal… thyroid hormone should not be prescribed until the adrenal glands are properly supported.”

”it is vitally important to ensure adrenal functioning before prescribing thyroid hormone.”

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