Why is this test important?
Cortisol is an adrenal steroid hormone. Cortisol increases in response to stress to create the energy you need to react. After a stressful event, cortisol levels are reduced to return the body to homeostasis—or “normal.” Cortisol levels typically rise in the early morning and fall during the evening. But when cortisol levels remain high for extended time periods, as a result of chronic stress, the regular rise and fall of the hormone may be disrupted—producing symptoms of fatigue, weight gain, insomnia, anxiety or depression.
Who should be tested?
People experiencing fatigue, insomnia, anxiety or depression may have elevated cortisol levels.
High cortisol levels may be the cause for “comfort food” cravings leading to weight gain and the sensation of “midday fatigue.” In addition, elevated cholesterol is connected to lower testosterone, mood changes, loss of muscle mass and bone strength, aches and pains and high blood pressure.
Elevated cortisol raises blood sugar and in people with diabetes can accelerate memory loss. Elevated cortisol frequently appears in people who are “apple shaped”—that is people who are obese and larger through the waist than the hips.
Some steroids affect cortisol levels, even after you have ceased to take medications containing steroids.
What does test include:
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