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How Weight Loss Relates To Cortisol

Understanding Cortisol And Weight Loss

If you have been looking into the ways in which you should be going about losing weight, the chances are very good that you have heard cortisol and adrenal function mentioned a few times.

Cortisol is an adrenal hormone that sustains life and works to maintain homeostasis.

Often referred to as the stress hormone, cortisol works to modulate, influence or even regulate a lot of the changes that take place in the human body. Such changes include:

– Glucose or blood sugar levels
– Fats, protein and carbohydrate metabolism that is necessary for the maintenance of blood glucose
– Various immune responses
– Blood pressure
– Anti-inflammatory actions
– Tone and contraction of the heart and blood vessels
– Activation of the central nervous system

It is normal for cortisol levels to go up and down throughout the day and evening hours in what is known as a circadian rhythm, which peaks around 8am and then is at the lowest point at around 4am.

Even though it is vital for the adrenals to put out more cortisol so that they can respond to stress levels, it is also equally as important that all of the bodily functions will return to normal after a stressful event takes place.

However, with our highly stressful culture, the response to stress is often activated so frequently that the body may not have the ability to return to normal. This is something that can lead to certain health problems due to too much or too little cortisol circulating.

High or prolonged cortisol circulation can lead to:

– Impaired cognitive function
– Lowered thyroid function
– Imbalance in blood sugar
– Decrease in bone density
– Disruption of sleep
– Lowered muscle mass
– Boost in blood pressure
– Slow healing of wounds
– Immune dysfunction and more

When there is a lower level of cortisol circulating, it can lead to:

– Lowered thyroid function
– Imbalance of blood sugar
– Fatigue
– Disruption of sleep
– Low blood pressure
– Inflammation
– Brain fog
– Headaches and more

It has also been found in recent studies that an increase in abdominal fat has a strong connection with certain health problems. Some of these health problems can include high levels bad cholesterol (LDL) in the blood, strokes, heart attacks and much more.

For more information on Cortisol and the best Canton GA Medical Weight Loss Programs contact us today.

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John Backpain

Marketing Coordinator at Superior Healthcare
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