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The Non Stress Cause of High Cortisol

By Dr. Eric Berg DC
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The information that follows is Medical Advice for Education Purposes Only

Surely all of us have experienced being stressed, be it physical, mental or emotional stress. Any stressor triggers the hormone called cortisol which causes us to feel stressed when it gets so high. However, external factors aren’t the sole contributors to high cortisol. The internal culprit is actually insulin. Cortisol is the counter hormone to insulin. Another name for cortisol is glucocorticoid and it’s responsible for controlling our blood sugar. Our cells tap our glucose reserve and this surge is a normal response to an emergency for quick energy, mental acuity and sharp thinking. This may appear to be an ideal functioning of the body, but in the long run, it could develop into a condition called insulin resistance. That’s when your receptors stop regulating glucose, and having high levels of unused insulin is toxic to the body. When this situation continues, this can lead to diabetes or even cancer.

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