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Hyposecretion of cortisol lead to depressed immune system?

I understand that cortisol decreases both the number of white blood cells and the secretion of inflammatory chemical from tissues. So shouldn't a under(hypo) secretion of cortisol, lead to an ...
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What is the effect of stress on inflammation

People are advised to practice mindfulness meditation / breathing techniques for stress reduction which is considered to indirectly help with chronic inflammatory diseases also such as allergies, ...
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Does intermittent fasting (without calorie reduction/increase) cause an increase in cortisol levels?

I read on https://amp.businessinsider.com/signs-intermittent-fasting-unsafe-unhealthy-2019-7: Rumsey said depriving yourself of food for an extended period of time can increase levels of cortisol, ...
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What is the difference between vasoconstriction and contractility?

I was reading few articles that mention stress induced cortisol may contribute to vasoconstriction and contractility as if they are different. I did some searches on vasoconstriction and ...
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Eczema and steroids: why do endogenous cortisol and exogenous cortisone/prednisone differ?

Topical steroids are a mainstay treatment for eczema, and severe episodes are sometimes treated with oral steroids. Meanwhile stress is a known trigger for exacerbating eczema. During physiological ...
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Why might excessive drinking produce a false hypercortisolism reading in a urinary free cortisol (UFC) test?

From "Diagnosis of Cushing's Syndrome in the Modern Era" by L.K. Nieman, 2018: A urine free cortisol (UFC) result may incorrectly exclude hypercortisolism in patients with a glomerular filtration ...
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What is the relationship between cortisol and depression?

In Vythilingam, Meena et al. "Hippocampal Volume, Memory, and Cortisol Status in Major Depressive Disorder: Effects of Treatment." Biological Psychiatry 56, no. 2 (2004), the relationship between ...
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Does elevated potassium lead to elevated cortisol?

I came across this statement on Selfhacked: If you have high cortisol, you will do worse with a high salt diet and you will be potassium deficient in the long term (few people as it is get the RDA)...
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Is it possible to reduce stress by directly reducing cholestrol intake?

"Cortisol is a glucocorticoid hormone synthesized from cholesterol by enzymes..." Dartmouth University I also found some sites that mentioned that higher cholestrol resulted from people who were ...
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Which long-term effects can hypocortisolism have on behavior?

Chronic stress can have a serious impact on our physical as well as psychological health due to sustained high levels of the chemicals released in the ‘fight or flight’ response. I've studied the ...
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How can Cortisol be administered in gaseous form?

How can Cortisol be administered in gaseous form (inhalation)? What carrier gas would be adequate? CO, CO2, NO (Nitric Oxide)?
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Harmful to eat meat from livestock/animals with high levels of cortisol (stress) hormone?

Is it harmful for humans to eat meat from livestock/animals with high levels of stress hormones? Or does it just change the quality and taste of the meat (and not necessarily harmful for human ...
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Bio identical cortisol and metformin

I am on bio identical hormone replacement including cortisol for low levels. Is it good to take metformin when taking cortisol for low cortisol levels? I thought I read somewhere that metformin lowers ...
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Should chronic low cortisol be treated if the patient has no symptoms?

I discovered I have low cortisol levels (11,35 μg/dL) but I never had any of those symptoms listed here. My mom also has low cortisol levels. I have no HIV, no known auto-immune diseases, I believe I'...
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