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Learning Wednesday Stress Hormones: Cortisol

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Chronic cortisolemia leads to insulin resistance and DM2 First by hyperglycemia Second through muscle wasting that leads to visceral fat.

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21 thoughts on “Learning Wednesday Stress Hormones: Cortisol”

  1. There’s bad stress and good stress!?

    I worked for 16 years as a USAF Weather Observer/Weather Officer: stressful indeed!

    When I left the USAF I became a Computer Programmer/Consultant mostly at the US State Department developing, managing, programming, whatever; for 25 yeas; with teams from 6 to 50+, driving 150+ miles round-trip from northern MD, 5 – 7 days a week and working 9 – 10 hours a day. My doctors couldn’t understand how I handled the stress, especially with my heart conditions.

    It was not Nature but Nurture that got me through it all, in my opinion!

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    1. “There’s bad stress and good stress!?” Absolutely.Our bodies need cortisol to survive.

      Cortisol is best known for producing the “fight or flight” response. This reaction evolved as a means of survival, enabling people to react to what could be a life-threatening situation.
      The change in hormones and physiological responses forces us to either face the threat or leave it behind..
      Too much, though, and we overreact to common stressors like heavy traffic, speaking in front of a group of people, or having an argument with a spouse. Over time, these out-of-control stressors compromise our health.

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      1. Have experienced all the negatives in spades for years with no real impact except a minor stroke recently: I have A-Fib!

        Also Bipolar?


  2. I wanted to add this, Prof. Castro, MD for your consideration and valuable opinion.
    Hyper- and hypofunction of the adrenal cortex (Morbus Cushing and Morbus Addison) may also be responsible for increased or decreased cortisol concentrations. Possibly, interferences of the hypothalamus or the pituitary gland, e.g. by a tumor, cause the adrenal dysfunction.

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