The vast majority of people with high blood pressure (a.k.a. hypertension) have what’s called primary or essential hypertension. In medical terms, that refers to high blood pressure for which no cause can be found. About 10 percent of patients have “secondary hypertension,” meaning they have an underlying disorder that causes
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The crippling effects of high cortisol symptoms are extremely common but all too often ignored. What is cortisol? It’s a vital hormone produced and secreted by the adrenal glands. Cortisone is released in a rhythmic fashion, with levels peaking in the morning (to help wake you up) and steadily declining
Cortisol is often referred to as the “stress hormone,” because it becomes more abundant when we are faced with a stressful situation. It affects the heart rate, breathing patterns, and other aspects of the body’s “fight or flight” response. But just what is cortisol? And what does it do? Probably
Cushing’s disease is caused by excess cortisol in the blood. It’s rare: According to the National Institutes of Health, only 40 to 70 people out of 1 million have Cushing’s disease. Most are women between the ages of 30 and 50, but men and even children also get Cushing’s disease.
Everyone experiences stress differently. What one person considers a catastrophic problem, another might see as an invigorating challenge. One thing we all have in common: the marks that chronic stress leave behind on our bodies and minds. From shrinking brains to inflamed arteries in the heart, stress can leave a
Q: What is cortisol, and what is the connection to stress?
A: Cortisol is a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal glands, which sit atop each kidney. When cortisol is released into the bloodstream, it affects the body in many ways. It helps regulate your blood glucose, water and salt balance, and
Stress is clearly a major contributor for most people who experience depression. And guess which system in your body controls how you react to stress? Your adrenal glands and the stress hormone it releases—cortisol.
But there is much more to the depression/hormone connection than just that. Other hormones, such as thyroid,
Memory loss is no laughing matter, but a new study shows that when it comes to improving short- and long-term memory, humor indeed may be the best medicine.
The connection between laughter and memory is the stress hormone cortisol. Levels spike during periods of stress and tension as part of our
Getting a good night’s sleep does more than leave you feeling refreshed in the morning. Quality sleep, and enough of it, is vital for the health of your brain, heart, metabolism, and most aspects of your physical and mental well-being. “Sleep is critical,” says Ana Krieger, MD, medical director of