Is your adrenal system making you tired?

Vicky Ware takes a look at adrenal fatigue and its symptoms, how it affects your cycling and how to cure it

Photo: Jesse Wild

Adrenal fatigue is basically an alternative term for burnout or overtraining syndrome; the three terms are used synonymously, and while they have different subtleties, they are trespassing on the same territory. Each one describes the outcome of doing too much exercise with too little recovery.

The symptoms and causes of adrenal fatigue are not fully agreed upon by the medical community, as Dr Tamsin Lewis explains: “Generally, among conventional medical doctors, adrenal fatigue is not an accepted term. However, an endocrinologist will accept that hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis dysfunction is a very real phenomenon.”

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