Cortisol is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands (our "stress organs").
Cortisol is involved in the response to stress, and while it is an important and helpful part of our response, it is important for our body to return to normal functioning following a stressful event. If this stress response is activated too often or for too long, our body may stay in a state of chronic stress, leading to high Cortisol levels. This can lead to:
|- Suppressed thyroid function||- Higher blood pressure|
|- Blood sugar imbalances||- Increased abdominal fat|
|- Decreased bone density||- Depression|
|- Decreased muscle tissue||- Increased risk of infection|
|- Impaired cognitive(brain) performance||- Lowered immunity, slower wound healing|
Low Cortisol levels are more common in people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Symptoms and signs include: