Cortisol, the stress hormone. It affects the whole body and physically and mentally disturbs it
Cortisol is a hormone produced by the two adrenal glands and is essential for life. Cortisol helps maintain blood pressure, immune function and anti-inflammatory processes in the body.
The pituitary gland regulates the amount of cortisol released by the adrenal glands. Careful! A high level of cortisol in the body will reduce the body's ability to fight diseases.
Specialists, doctors sometimes use synthetic cortisol compounds known as corticosteroids to treat cortisol-related disorders. If given in large doses or over a prolonged period, this treatment can have a number of side effects, including osteoporosis and the development of diabetes.
Here is the role of cortisol in the body:
- helps the body to manage stress levels correctly
- converts proteins into glucose to increase blood sugar levels
- maintains the constant level of sugar in the blood
- reduces inflammation
- helps maintain constant blood pressure
- contributes to the functioning of the immune system
Also, doctors point out that too high a level of cortisol in the body will affect the entire body which will gradually stop functioning at normal parameters. In other words, patients struggling with chronic stress are at risk of developing high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, obesity, depression, osteoporosis. The explanation is that high levels of cortisol reduce the body's ability to fight diseases.
You can find the level of cortisol in the body with the help of a blood test. It is very important to go to the specialist endocrinologist if you always feel tired, have irritability, do not sleep well. Following the medical evaluation and blood tests the doctor will see the level of this hormone in your body. Be careful, this analysis is harvested until 8.00 in the morning, on uneaten.
Also, in order to keep the effects of this hormone under control, the specialists recommend a healthy diet, practicing low impact exercises, such as yoga or pilates and a few minutes of meditation a day. Even psychologist sessions can help. A good psychotherapist will teach you how to relax, how to love yourself and stop stressing over anything and everything.