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Lowering cortisol for sustainable weight-loss

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 19, 2012 at 1:17 AM

I've had a problem with high cortisol for a while. I freaked out after gaining 20 pounds on insulin therapy, and started having some (very) disordered eating. After trying to 'fix' that, I ended up at an all-time high of 175 lbs, still without restoring my metabolism, cortisol, and presumably leptin back to where they originally were.

Over the past few years, I've been on the SAD and have lost 39 pounds (135, at 5'6''). But now that I've switched to paleo and have been trying to increase my calories, my cortisol's been spiking massively, and giving me glucose control problems. It seems like everything's going to happen all over again.

What do I do? I don't want to gain even more weight and ultimately have nothing to show for it. Are there any ways to restore cortisol to 'normal' levels, short of doing that? Would the leptin reset protocol help?

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The symptoms involved are entirely consistent with Cushings' disease. http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/cushings-syndrome-symptoms And, oddly enough, they only appear when I eat over what should be my BMR.

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on December 23, 2012
at 07:03 PM

Often when people eat too low carbs, their body can read that as stress and increase cortisol. You hopefully are eating enough good carbs so that doesn't happen.

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on December 19, 2012
at 05:34 AM

How do you know what level your cortisol is at?

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on December 21, 2012
at 04:31 PM

The symptoms involved are entirely consistent with Cushings' disease. http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/cushings-syndrome-symptoms And, oddly enough, they only appear when I eat over what should be my BMR.

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on December 23, 2012
at 06:25 PM

Symlin is a synthetic amylin hormone. It can be taken before meals with insulin and does a number of things including stopping the secretion of glucagon from your liver in times of stress. It's also aids in appetite suppression. It won't reduce your cortisol levels but it will help with weight loss because you will require less insulin! It works amazingly with low carb diets.

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