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Can high cortisol blood levels cause inflammation in the body?

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Dr. John Tang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 24 years experience
Hi cortisol: Yes. Chronically high cortisol is very damaging by causing inflammation throughout the body. It leads to higher incidence of heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and many more. This is why proper sleep, exercise, other forms of stress reduction such as yoga, tai chi, and meditation are so valuable.
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