How to Measure Hormones
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February 11, 2016
Cortisol: the emergency responder hormone that when chronically elevated, makes you fat, stupid and unsexy. Nobody wants an excess of cortisol, but like all things in physiology there’s a sweet spot; low cortisol doesn’t feel right either. Which you have? Symptoms of high cortisol Symptoms of low cortisol Fatigue Extreme fatigue Muscle weakness Muscle or joint pains Depression, anxiety and irritability Depression, irritability Loss of emotional control Salt craving Cognitive difficulties Abdominal pain New or worsened high blood pressure Low blood pressure, even fainting Glucose intolerance that may lead to diabetes Low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia) Headache Nausea, diarrhea or vomiting Bone loss, leading to fractures over time Weight loss and decreased appetite Source: Mayo Clinic Both sets of symptoms are very similar, in fact, all of these symptoms could be attributable to half the diseases known to man. The only way to know for sure what’s going on with your cortisol is to do the test. I tested over 500…