Just got off the phone with my Dad who's in the hospital having some tests run. He's had a looong history of cardiovascular disease and diabetes with a heart attack and major surgery about 6 months ago. Coming out of his surgery he had an abdominal wound that wouldn't heal (still hasn't) and a complete loss of appetite. He dropped from 190 pre-op to about 150. He's back up to 180.
His doctor just told him that his cortisol level was 0.5! First of all...what does that even mean? What are the physiological consequences of having virtually no cortisol in your system? Secondly...how do you recover from that? Can that kind of deficit be corrected through diet or is this a case where medicine needs to step in?
asked byRiveted (3259)
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on November 18, 2011
at 08:41 PM
Diet alone is not gonna do it. At the very least, he'll have to take large amounts of Vitamin C, B5, and a few others. Adaptogens may be of some help, but with levels that low, he'll likely need to take bioidentical cortisone replacement therapy. The help of a good doctor will likely be necessary. Again, let me recommend Dr. James Wilson's book Adrenal Fatigue. It's a truly exceptional resource.