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The Cortisol-Stress Connection

Cortisol is a steroid hormone produced in the cortex of the adrenal glands. Cortisol assists you in regulating blood pressure, cardiovascular functions, and your body’s use of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Cortisol is also involved in glucose metabolism, insulin release...
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The Causes & Symptoms of Stress

What Is Cortisol? Cortisol is a steroid hormone produced in the adrenal gland similar to estrogen and testosterone. The Stress Response Cortisol is a chemical hormone produced by your body to manage stress. The stress can be physical, mental and...
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Symptoms of Chronic Stress

Chronic stress can be caused by illness, anxiety over financial matters, social crises, or emotional instability. Almost anything that causes physical or emotional pain can produce a stress response. If the source of stress is not resolved, chronic stress can...
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Cortisol, Stress & Your Weight

The cortisol hormone serves many important functions in the body such as regulating blood sugar and blood pressure and providing energy for exercise and activity. Cortisol also plays a key role in the immunity and healing processes. [Greenspan F.S., Stewler...
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Cortisol, Stress & Abdominal Fat

Cortisol causes bone cells to stop growing or to release calcium into the bloodstream. Excessive cortisol levels can lead to osteoporosis. Cortisol causes some fat cells to release their fats known as triglycerides, and causes other fat cells to absorb...
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The Connection Between Cortisol, Stress & Insulin

Overview Insulin acts on individual cells to allow cells to absorb glucose. Insulin resistance occurs when insulin is present at normal or high levels in the bloodstream, but does not allow cells to accept glucose. The result is high glucose...
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Cortisol, Insulin & Obesity

Overview Excess glucose that is not used for physical activity circulates in the bloodstream. Muscle and other cells that do not need the glucose reject it, causing an increase in insulin production. This further de-sensitizes cells to insulin, causing insulin...
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Managing Stress: A Balancing Act

Overview We all have stress sometimes. For some people, it happens before having to speak in public. For other people, it might be before a first date. What causes stress for you may not be stressful for someone else. Sometimes...
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