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What is the definition or description of: cortisol level?

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Dr. Thomas Klein answered

Specializes in Allergy and Immunology

Steroid hormone: Cortisol is a naturally occurring steroid hormone in your blood stream that is produced in the adrenal glad that sits atop the kidney. Your cortisol level is raised in the early morning and decreases as the day progresses. Cortisol helps us fight the stress of daily life.

Answered 5/1/2019

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Dr. John Chiu answered

The body secretes : Cortisol is what the body produces. It is often obtained to check if your body's adrenal gland (which produces the cortisol) is functioning well especially after one has been taking cortisone (prednisone) for a long time. Sometimes it is used to screen out over-production of cortisone by the body as in cushing's disease.

Answered 8/28/2013

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