What Is Cortisol?
Cortisol is a steroid hormone produced in the cortex of the adrenal glands. It is released by the adrenal glands in response to stress. Cortisol is secreted in the largest quantity in the morning.,
It is sometimes called the “fight or flight” hormone because it initiates a cascade of physical responses to stress, including increased heart rate and providing your body with a quick jolt of energy. It does this by rapidly increasing the amount of sugar in the bloodstream through a process known as glycogenolysis. Cortisol also aids in the metabolism of fat, protein and carbohydrates, and acts to suppress the immune system. Cortisol is essential for health, but too much cortisol related to stress can be very damaging to your health.
Women, Stress and Cortisol Levels
Many people live with chronic stress Women are more susceptible to chronic stress than men because women often have more responsibility, including work, taking care of the house and being a mother. The chronic stress results in cortisol imbalance. High cortisol levels due to chronic stress causes unpleasant symptoms and lowers progesterone and thyroid production. These hormone imbalances add to the unpleasant symptoms.
Cortisol Imbalance in Women
During periods of stress, the adrenal glands produce high levels of cortisol, so long periods of chronic stress are characterized by elevated long-term cortisol levels. High cortisol levels cause women to age more quickly and increase the risk of heart disease. It leads to depletion of essential nutrients. High cortisol levels also increase your risk of infection because it weakens the immune system and increases the breakdown of muscle and tissue.
Overtime, the adrenal glands cannot meet the demands of continued stress and become fatigued. Adrenal fatigue eventually results in lower cortisol because the glands cannot continue the elevated production.
Low cortisol levels due to adrenal fatigue will causes many unpleasant symptoms and
increases the risk of health conditions such as heart disease.
Some symptoms of cortisol imbalance in women are listed below.
Your Solution: Treatment of Cortisol Imbalance in Women
Cortisol imbalance can be treated through lifestyle changes. The first step is to reduce the amount of stress in your life. It is helpful to learn stress management techniques such as deep breathing exercises, yoga, tai chi, meditation, or acupuncture. Balanced nutrition, proper supplementation and regular exercise will can also help balance cortisol levels.
If lifestyle changes alone do not restore cortisol balance, it may be necessary to use bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. A comprehensive hormone balancing program will help balance all your hormone levels to the same levels you had in your 20s and 30s, along with giving you back youthful energy and vigor and reducing your risk of many age-related diseases. Genemedics doctors are expert at designing comprehensive lifestyle and hormone replacement programs. Our doctors have helped thousands of women regain their youth and health.