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What is Cortisol?

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What is Cortisol? Cortisol is a steroid and a stress hormone. Production of cortisol is stimulated when stress is triggered.  Cortisol plays an important role in the different metabolic processes in the body. Through its increased distribution in stress situations, it is able to provide energy by consuming sugar, fat and protein reserves. By immune processes cortisol also helps with its anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic effect, and has an important function in maintaining the health of the body. Excessively low cortisol levels It is well known that chronic stress is unhealthy – and stress is in turn the most important impulse that...

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The Cortisol Awakening Response (CAR) and Adrenal Function

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Cortisol should increase around %50 in the first 30 minutes on awakening then start to progressively drop the remainder of the day. Three, rather than one, early morning collections are what is needed to accurately assess the CAR; one immediately on waking, one 30 minutes later, and another at 1 hour. Diurnal Rhythm Assessment Thirty minutes after awakening from a good night's sleep, cortisol levels are at the highest they'll be all day. Following the morning peak, cortisol levels then fall to less than half that peak level by noon. They continue to drop to very low levels at night where...

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