High Cortisol

Cortisol is released by the adrenal glands and plays a role in your body’s stress response. Called the “fight-or- flight” hormone, it helps the body respond to short-term
danger. However, when cortisol remains high it can cause, and complicate chronic disease. You may notice symptoms such as weight gain, headaches, irritability,
mood swings, brain fog, poor sleep, acne, and fatigue. Cortisol also raises blood sugar. High cortisol may be caused by chronic stress, medications (steroids and other hormones) and obesity. Persistent high cortisol can disrupt proper adrenal and pituitary function and lead to many hormonal issues, including menstrual problems.