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How can you tell is cortisol is high?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 28, 2011 at 3:54 PM

I get PLENTY of great sleep (min is 7 hours). But are there other indicators of high cortisol levels other than sleep and spare tire?

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on December 24, 2011
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I almost have all those issues. I tried upping my carbohydrate intake but I've started to get eczema again... When I read this list, it looks like this has been the problem I've had my whole life.

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on February 28, 2011
at 04:37 PM

Google images of "Cushings disease"...you'll see why its called "moon face". After you see images of Cushings, you'll be able to see that alot of people have some degree of Cushings. Go to your local Walmart and look around...the buffalo humps, the pendulous abdomens, the skinny arms and legs, the moonfaces...all Cushings in some degree. And alot of these people spend alot of time in doctors offices. All I can say is that the doctors must be blind.

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on February 28, 2011
at 04:26 PM

Related question -- how do you test for elevated cortisol--blood test only?

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

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on February 28, 2011
at 04:15 PM

Moon face xD haha, what's that?

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on February 28, 2011
at 04:28 PM

  • Do you have problems falling or staying asleep?
  • Do you wake up more exhausted than when you went to bed?
  • Do you get a "second wind" in the evening, and really only feel awake about the time you should go to bed?
  • Are you tired and achy all the time?
  • Do you suffer from frequent upper-respiratory infections?
  • Do you work out to exhaustion, and do you crave the "boost" excercise provides?
  • Do you live and die by stimulants like coffee?
  • Have you gained weight in the midsection, despite watching your food intake?
  • Do you have problems with depression or seasonal affective disorder?
  • Do you remember what sex is?

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B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on December 24, 2011
at 11:54 AM

I almost have all those issues. I tried upping my carbohydrate intake but I've started to get eczema again... When I read this list, it looks like this has been the problem I've had my whole life.

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1acc4ee9381d9a8d998b59915b3f997e

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on February 28, 2011
at 04:15 PM

Signs and symtoms of high cortisol are a "buffalo hump" of fat on the upper back, thin arms and legs, "moon face" and thinning skin, sometimes with stretch marks. Google images for "Cushings disease".

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on February 28, 2011
at 04:15 PM

Moon face xD haha, what's that?

1acc4ee9381d9a8d998b59915b3f997e

(2099)

on February 28, 2011
at 04:37 PM

Google images of "Cushings disease"...you'll see why its called "moon face". After you see images of Cushings, you'll be able to see that alot of people have some degree of Cushings. Go to your local Walmart and look around...the buffalo humps, the pendulous abdomens, the skinny arms and legs, the moonfaces...all Cushings in some degree. And alot of these people spend alot of time in doctors offices. All I can say is that the doctors must be blind.

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on February 28, 2011
at 06:08 PM

My cortisol problem is that is lowest in the morning, when it should be highest; it is fine from noon until midnight.

One of the results of this seems to be that I wake up in the middle of the night and have trouble going back to sleep, and wake up exhausted.

I have a 12 hour saliva test wherein you take a saliva test every four hours; it tested other thing too -* gluten sensitivity (I am not; but I an sensitive to something else in wheat); * DHEA levels (a bit low); * fasting glucose level (not bad); * progesterone levels (fine).

I am taking some supplements to correct the problems.

If you really want to fine out what your cortisol level is get a saliva test.

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2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

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on February 28, 2011
at 04:23 PM

7 hours doesn't sound like plenty of sleep to me, there are some people who are fine on less sleep but I just would not function on that amount. I would say look out for any anxiety symptoms, random elevated heart rate, stressful dreams or disturbed sleep (waking in the night) Quick to snap (irritable), over emotional. Another possible indicator is being hungry late at night but not at all in the mornings.

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on February 28, 2011
at 04:26 PM

Related question -- how do you test for elevated cortisol--blood test only?

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