What Does Stress, Belly Fat and Blood Sugar Have To Do With Adrenal Fatigue (near Andover, MN)?

What Does Stress, Hormones, Belly Fat and Blood Sugar Have to Do With Adrenal Fatigue (near Andover, MN)?


The Adrenals on Stress

The adrenals are two small glands located above the kidneys. Don’t let their size fool you—they affect you BIG TIME! These tiny glands make the hormones norepinephrine (adrenaline), cortisol and DHEA.

The Adrenals make these hormones in response to stress. These hormones help handle stressful situations affecting the body and mind. The adrenals can release these and remain healthy (with breaks in between).


The hormones are designed to give short, quick bursts of energy in order to survive—to be able to run from danger or fight to save one’s life (fight or flight).

However, it is when stress continues day in-day out, due to poor lifestyle (over-working/ over-thinking) and poor diet (processed foods/ refined sugars) that the Adrenals stay in a constant state of fight or flight and taxed, become fatigued and impaired. Acupuncture helps balance hormones and increase energy near Ramsey, MN.

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Hormones on Stress

Too much stress over time can lead to adrenal fatigue.  We know that.  DHEA converts to estrogen and testosterone (steroid hormones). Cortisol helps with immunity, blood sugar balance and blood pressure regulation. You can guess what happens when cortisol become imbalanced. Acupuncture in Anoka helps balance hormones and relieves stress.

High stress can create low DHEA and high Cortisol. This can lead to increased belly fat, cardiovascular disease, Diabetes, heart disease, inflammation and rapid aging.

Blood Sugar on Stress

Adrenal fatigue places undue stress on the adrenal hormones epinephrine, norepinephrine and cortisol. These hormones help regulate blood sugar. Prompted by stress, these hormones raise blood sugar. Adrenal Fatigue is linked to:

  • Diabetes
  • Exhaustion
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Low immunity
  • Poor Stress Management
  • Weight gain (Stress=More Cortisol=More Belly fat)

(Visceral or belly fat is a dangerous place to store fat)

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Symptoms of Early Adrenal Fatigue

(Many in Early Stage Need coffee to get through the day)

  • Changes in Blood Sugar levels
  • Tired morning or mid-afternoon
  • Energy burst late night
  • Insomnia
  • Craving Salty or Sweet
  • Mood Swings (Anxiety/ Irritability)
  • PMS/ Period Irregularities
  • Hypothyroid symptoms (cold, tired, overweight despite exercise)


Many receive anti-depressants or thyroid medication at this stage. Unfortunately, the root cause like lifestyle/diet are not dealt with and damage continues

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Lifestyle Tips

  • Avoid Caffeine & other Stimulants
  • Avoid Refined sugar
  • Avoid Stress
  • Avoid smoking
  • Eat a Balanced Diet (do some research)
  • Make an appointment with an acupuncturist
  • Find a Practitioner who educates on Food & Blood Sugar

(If you are Diabetic, Pre-Diabetic or have Adrenal Fatigue, especially).

Acupuncture with diet therapy and lifestyle changes at Ackerman Acupuncture help you balance hormones and increase energy in Anoka.


Aleesha Ackerman, LAc helps patients with Anxiety, Insomnia and Low Energy using acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) food therapy.  She helps many women make an easy transition through menopause and perimenopause by helping relieve hot flashes and other common symptoms so they may return to balance and relax.

Mike Ackerman, LAc. treats many pain issues, including Back pain, Neck pain, Shoulder pain, Sports Injuries, Sciatica and Plantar Fasciitis near Coon Rapids, MN.

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Written by Aleesha Ackerman, LAc.


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