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What is Cortisol?

image-9The adrenal glands secrete the hormone cortisol when it feels stressed. The more stress, the more cortisol that is released. This is why cortisol is frequently called the stress hormone. Cortisol is also an important hormone in helping the body convert sugars into energy through glucose metabolism. Like many of our hormones, cortisol and stress have counterbalancing pros and cons. Stress helps us to overcome challenges and in low doses plow through daily tasks and get things done with a dose of get up and go. Cortisol imbalance, however, is typically a result of large production of the hormone due to chronic stress. As we all know, men are less likely to admit they are stressed and often hold their work stresses as a badge of honor. As men become over burdened by work, family pressure, financial stress, loss of their sense of being they are at higher risk for a cortisone imbalance. This is compounded because it occurs in part of their life they believe they do not feel comfortable opening up to with others or seeking medical attention for. High cortisone causes some of the following medical conditions:

  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Hyperglycemia
  • Poorly functioning immune system
  • Poor sleep

In addition to these conditions, the most common derivative of high cortisone is called adrenal fatigue. In adrenal fatigue, the adrenal glands cannot produce proper amounts of cortisol in an over stressed body. Cortisol imbalance symptoms are similar to those in andropause including:

  • Fatigue
  • Weight Gain
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Declining clarity of thought
  • Irritability
  • Muscle loss
  • Bone loss

Cortisol imbalance can accelerate the symptoms of andropause and make a person look years older than they really are. You can probably picture a specific stressed out working father who looks more than 10 years older than his peers as graying, balding, overweight and frazzled. That person might be you. Unfortunately, looking older is only a minor concern versus the associated health risks of a cortisol imbalance. Hormone Therapeutics, in addition to helping test and treat your hormone imbalances will also advise you on your nutritional, fitness and sleeping programs and patterns. We can also assist you with stress reducing lifestyle programs and tips on nutrition, fitness and sleep to things as simple as breathing techniques. Stretching and deep breathing techniques can lower your cortisol levels in minutes. Just click below and schedule your first consultation or to learn more. Sign Up for a Consultation Now

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