Our adrenal glands create the hormone, cortisol, in response to long term stress; this hormone is useful to help us manage stress. However, excess cortisol can result in blood sugar issues, weight gain in the abdomen, problems sleeping, thinning hair and skin, and more.
Over time, our bodies become resistant to cortisol, much like a diabetic becomes resistant to insulin. Therefore the body must produce more and more to have the same effect. Next, the adrenal glands can become fatigued, and their production of cortisol can tank. When this happens, it is known as adrenal fatigue. When this occurs, it is common to feel exhausted and have issues with sleep, low blood sugar, and low blood pressure.
Also, the adrenal glands are closely connected to the thyroid and other hormones. As a result, other hormone imbalances may result. It is important to investigate all hormone connections since there is so much overlap.