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Cortisol Levels through the roof. What does this mean??

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 21, 2013 at 11:09 PM

My AM cortisol was 54.06 (normal range 5.1-40.2) My noon cortisol was 20.87 (normal range 2.1-15.7) My evening cortisol was 28.92 (normal range 1.8-12) My night cortisol was 6.56 (normal range .9-9.2)

I'm worried. this seems more extreme than the general stress reduction and caffeine avoidance prescription.

What does this mean?

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on April 05, 2013
at 04:46 PM

We need a flag for those who keep tooting out the same note over and over, regardless of the actual question. She doesn't even mention carbs.

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on April 05, 2013
at 02:50 PM

fat-adapted? Who's using bro-science now

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on April 05, 2013
at 02:08 PM

And what if she's diabetic? Please think before posting bro-science. While carbs can help lower cortisol when in a fasted state *and* if you're not adapted to burning fat, can you show any evidence that they do much more than than raise insulin for someone who is already adapted to burning fat, or isn't eating very low carb/zero carb?

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on March 22, 2013
at 04:44 AM

You might simply try eating more carbohydrates.

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on March 22, 2013
at 04:18 AM

Those numbers are not exactly "through the roof." In research we typically transform cortisol onto a log scale, which reflects the fact that some people in a sample will have cortisol levels 10x higher than the average, or more. Your cortisol may be elevated, or those numbers may just be what's normal for you.

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96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on April 05, 2013
at 02:09 PM

In general, adrenals are not the cause of high cortisol. Stress itself is, the high cortisol is merely a reaction to high stress.

So in parallel with dealing with the stress, there are a few things you can do to support your adrenal glands so that you don't cause damage.

If you're fasting or have gone very low carb, you might want to go a little bit higher on the carbs. This isn't necessarily the cause, but if you're not adapted to burning fat, it may be a contributing factor.

Holy Basil (Tulsi) as tea and extract can help lower stress. Licorice can help allow cortisol to cycle longer, so less has to be made. (Like insulin, there are sensor glands that sense the amount of cortisol in the system and either make more or less depending on the need and the current amount.)

A full spectrum salt (i.e. sea salt), or salt plus extra minerals can help the adrenals keep up with the demand placed on them.

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on March 22, 2013
at 03:36 AM

Maybe Cushing syndrome but come on...giving medical advice or diagnoses on an online forum is unprofessional, risky, and highly annoying for doctors when px come in insisting they have diagnosed themselves from reading something online... go see a doctor and not an online forum. So basically I'm saying may e it's jut idiopathic/stress related... Or maybe u have an ACTH secreting cancer. I'm not trying to scare u but I'm pretty in the vey slight chance it is something really bad, no one is going to diagnose u here on an online forum. Go see a doctor. Yeesh

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on April 05, 2013
at 08:39 AM

eat a lot of potatoes and bananas and forget the ridiculous low carb bullshit (unless you're trying to lose weight then go to atkins.com)

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19413)

on April 05, 2013
at 02:08 PM

And what if she's diabetic? Please think before posting bro-science. While carbs can help lower cortisol when in a fasted state *and* if you're not adapted to burning fat, can you show any evidence that they do much more than than raise insulin for someone who is already adapted to burning fat, or isn't eating very low carb/zero carb?

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

(4176)

on April 05, 2013
at 02:50 PM

fat-adapted? Who's using bro-science now

7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

(11214)

on April 05, 2013
at 04:46 PM

We need a flag for those who keep tooting out the same note over and over, regardless of the actual question. She doesn't even mention carbs.

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