Wondering what cortisol is? How it works in your body?
We know: How Cortisol Works
What is cortisol?
Cortisol is a hormone secreted by your adrenal glands, which are next to the kidneys.
What are the basic effects of cortisol?
Cortisol helps regulate blood pressure, and the body's use of proteins, carbohydrates and fats. It also helps with cardiovascular function. Too much or too little of the hormone can cause serious problems.
How is cortisol related to stress?
Cortisol has been called the stress hormone because it is released when the body is in a state of agitation.
How is cortisol related to weight gain?
The body produces a physical response when it is under stress called the 'fight or flight' response. When this happens, the body releases cortisol, along with several other hormones. Because one of cortisol's functions is to produce quick energy for the body when it is in fight or flight response, it increases appetite.
The current thinking is that if a person is under constant or chronic stress, then cortisol is helping to produce a constant increase in appetite, which would promote weight gain.
What is commonly recommended to reduce cortisol levels in stress situations?
Exercise may be the best and quickest way to control weight when cortisol levels are high due to stress. This is because exercise can lower cortisol levels.
Can my doctor test my level of cortisol?
Yes, there are tests available.
What about the diet pills like Cortislimô that say they can control cortisol levels?
The makers of the diet supplement Cortislimô claim that they can help reduce certain types of weight in the body's midsection by lowering the level of cortisol in the body, but there is no scientific evidence at this time to support these claims.