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Problems with Low Cortisol

author avatar Dr. Eric Berg 12/20/2016

Our bodies are just wonderful. Despite the maladies we experience, it automatically provides relief and cure. One of these wonders is the steroid hormone called cortisol – the one responsible for a lot of processes in the body, especially the controlling of blood sugar levels, metabolism, and response to stress. 

However, too little or too much cortisol can mess you up. One of the causes of low cortisol would be cortisol resistance. This happens when you’ve had the effects of high cortisol levels (aka high levels of stress) over a long period of time, so that your cortisol receptors were downgraded or blocked. 

To put it simply, you can no longer absorb cortisol when the situation calls for enough of it to cope with a stressful situation. Now, what happens when there’s a spike and a drop in your cortisol? 

In extreme cases, one could develop painful skin conditions, with which we use prednisone or cortisone. Chronic sickness and even autoimmune problems could also emerge.


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