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Adrenal Hormones : Cortisol DHEA

You may have heard about the adrenal glands, usually in a discussion about how your stress can effect the levels of the hormone cortisol. Yet, these two glands perched atop your kidneys are central to many functions in your body. They produce many hormones, not just cortisol. And they listen for and respond to several hormones produced by other glands within your endocrine system.

Would you be surprised to know that in addition to the hormone cortisol, your adrenal glands also produce aldosterone, glucocorticoids, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and DHEA sulfate (DHEA-S), adrenaline, noradrenaline, and testosterone (yes, though most of the testosterone is produced by your gonads).

There is a lot to learn and know about your adrenal glands, especially when they produce too much or too little of any of its hormones. They can have an impact on your overall hormonal health.


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