aldosterone levels?

I had my aldosterone levels tested two weeks ago:

8 am 42 ng/L (ref 40-300)

Yet, my doctor (Hertoghe doctor) did not say anything about this during last week's consult. But aren't my aldosterone levels very low?

I have no idea what to do about this...?! It feels like all Hertoghe doctors test aldosterone levels, but have no idea what to do about low levels...

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  • anna,

    I had aldosterone tested because I have a constant thirst and a salty taste in my mouth all the time.

    Aldosterone regulates the sodium/potassium balance and a low level can cause high blood pressure.

    Aldosterone is produced in the adrenals along with cortisol and can be low in adrenal fatigue. Have you had cortisol tested ? Also potassium ?

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  • Yes, I was diagnosed with adrenal fatigue years ago and put on Medrol. The reason I went to a new doctor was that I heard that she prescribed HC instead of Medrol, and I was curious to try that...

    I have high blood pressure which is currently treated with medication. Before I went on medication, it was 170/120. Now, it's more or less stable around 140/80.

    These are my test results from two weeks ago:

    potassium 3.9 mmol/L (ref 3.3-5.7 but should be at least 4.2 according to doctor)

    free cortisol 8 am: 14.1 ug/L (ref 10-30; should be at least 20 according to doc)

    total cortisol 8 am: 19.2 ug/dL ref (7-25)

    I have not had a cortisol saliva test, for the simple reason I am not sure it can be done in Belgium.

    If I decide to try aldosterone, does anyone know of a pharmacy in the EU which sells it (I think brand names include Florinef and Floricot)? If so, could you send the details to me in a PM?

  • Treatment for hypoaldosteronism can cause hypertension, but the condition itself can cause hypotension (low blood pressure) ;-)

  • I just read this on STTM and do I recognise it...I drink plenty of water (2-3 litres a day), but look puffy to the point of having others ask me if I have recently been ill...I think I really do need to find a reliable source for aldosterone (Florinef/Floricot). Please, if anyone has any such source to recommend, please PM me...!

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