Is adrenal fatigue a real disease?

Some people who are chronically tired relate to the idea that stress has exhausted their adrenal glands, leading to a condition known as adrenal fatigue, which is promoted and popularized by some health enthusiasts both on TikTok and in numerous websites.

We asked Lynette Nieman, MD, senior research scientist at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), to talk about adrenal fatigue. Dr. Nieman is also a past president of the Endocrine Society. Here’s her expert take on this social media health advice phenomenon.

Doctor’s Ask: Adrenal fatigue is a trending topic on TikTok, with more than 500 million views of videos on its signs, symptoms and treatments. Is this really such a serious health problem?

Lynette Niemann: Adrenal fatigue is not a recognized medical condition. And yet there is a lot of information about him online other than just on social media apps.

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