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Does licorice help raise cortisol?

Does licorice help raise cortisol?

Physiologically, Yes: By inhibition of the enzyme 11?-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase (type 2) and subsequent increase in activity of cortisol on the kidney. 11?-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase normally inactivates cortisol in the kidney; thus, liquorice's inhibition of this enzyme makes the concentration of cortisol appear to increase. ...Read more

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What herbs can I take to increase cortisol besides licorice?

What herbs can I take to increase cortisol besides licorice?

None: You do not need to increase cortisol levels if your adrenals are functioning normally. You only need to allow them to respond to physiologic influences. Herbs will not help. You would not want to artificially increase cortisol, if it were possible. That would cause cushing's syndrome. ...Read more

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Are there herbs beside licorice that increase low cortisol ?

 Are there herbs beside licorice that increase low cortisol ?

Few adaptogens: Siberian Ginseng, Rhodiola and Ashwagandha are most common helping to increase the cortisol levels by extending the life of this hormone. Hope it helps. ...Read more

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Can taking lamotrigine cause low cortisol? If so, how can it be raised?

No: Lamotrigine is not associated with lower cortisol levels. However, if taking the medication reduces your chronic stress, that may help reduce stress-related mildly elevated cortisol levels back toward normal, which is desirable. ...Read more

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Raised TSH (4,27), cortisol ((253,3 ng/ml) and prolactin levels (27,8 ng/ml). What could it mean?

Raised TSH (4,27), cortisol ((253,3 ng/ml) and prolactin levels (27,8 ng/ml). What could it mean?

What time of day?: Hi. they may be normal. The TSH could be a sign of early, subclinical hypothyroidism (getting TPO and thyroglobulin antibodies and free T4 may help the assessment). Due to diurnal variation, if the blood was drawn around 8 AM, the cortisol would be normal; very abnormal if drawn late at night. The prolactin, depending on the lab's normal range may be normal or slightly elevated. ...Read more

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Could normal walking raise cortisol levels?

Could normal walking raise cortisol levels?

Cortisol levels: Cortisol varies throughout the day. It is generally higher in the am vs the pm, but it is spiking up and down all day. Normal walking would not particularly elevate it, but it goes up/down all the time anyway. The more important question is why is cortisol being measured? Perhaps check with an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Acth stim test.My baseline cortisol was 17.5. After 30 min, cortisol =22. After 60 min, =26.I thought cortisol should raise 20pts but i was told normal.?

Acth stim test.My baseline cortisol was 17.5. After 30 min, cortisol =22. After 60 min, =26.I thought cortisol should raise 20pts but i was told normal.?

Perhaps: In healthy individuals, the morning cortisol level should double from a baseline of 20-30 µg/dl within 60 minutes. The baseline cortisol level in people with adrenal insufficiency is usually below 15 µg/dl. An acth stimulation test that raises the cortisol concentration to 20 µg/dl would support the diagnosis. Make sure you have the right units. ...Read more

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How much licorice root would you need to consume in order to significantly raise your blood pressure?

How much licorice root would you need to consume in order to significantly raise your blood pressure?

Licorice: Depends upon the person. There are significant differences in sensitivity, absorption, metabolism, and elimination between individuals. The response is more pronounced if you already have high blood pressure and less so in individuals with normal blood pressure. ...Read more

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How does licorice lower potassium, raise sodium?

How does licorice lower potassium, raise sodium?

See below: Licorice contains a steroid, glycyrrhetinic acid inhibits a enzyme in the kidney 11-beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 2 which by a complex mechanism in the kidney can cause sodium retention and pottassium excretion and high blood pressure. ...Read more

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How much would a 2.5month gut problem such as an infection allowed to run its course, raise cortisol levels?

How much would a 2.5month gut problem such as an infection allowed to run its course, raise cortisol levels?

This sounds tough: A gut infection for 2 1/2 months that did not put u in the hospital and allowed to run its course? Chronic stress of any type can raise cortisol levels, possibly adding to sleep problems and elevated glucose. ...Read more

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Low cortisol level 6..30 min later 8 ..30 min later 10...is this adrenal insufficient..always tired and wanna sleep...what can I do to raise cortisol?

Low cortisol level 6..30 min later 8 ..30 min later 10...is this adrenal insufficient..always tired and wanna sleep...what can I do to raise cortisol?

It depends: Morning cortisol levels of 6-10 are on the low end of normal but not alarming. If however the levels of 8 and 10 at 30 and 60 minutes later were after you were given a dose of synthetic ACTH to test your adrenal response, they are probably too low. You may have a partial ACTH/cortisol deficiency and should an endocrinologists to see if a trial of oral cortisol replacement might help you ...Read more

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Is it true that all birth control pills raise your cortisol levels? If so, is that why insomnia is often a problem while on them? What can be done?

Is it true that all birth control pills raise your cortisol levels?
If so, is that why insomnia is often a problem while on them?
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Not all do that: And most people have no trouble sleeping on bc pills, at your age if u take the bc pill u should be on the lowest one loloestrin - only 10 mcg estrogen, and if do not want kids, i offer my pts office tubal sterilization- easy takes 5 minutes u are awake, and then after that if u want no more periods I do office endometrial ablation- so no more periods, and u won't have to worry about your sleep. ...Read more

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My cortisol level was 739nmol/L is this normal or should I be concerned?

My cortisol level was 739nmol/L is this normal or should I be concerned?

Depends on the time: would be helpful to know what the laboratories reference range is, as cortisol levels vary over the course of the day. When was the sample obtained? ...Read more

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What distinguishes nmol/l in salivary from that in free plasma cortisol?

What distinguishes nmol/l in salivary from that in free plasma cortisol?

Can't compare #s: The numbers can't be compared--only their relationship to "normal" for each type of test (i.e., compare saliva with saliva normals, and serum with serum normals). In blood, there are "free" and "bound" levels of hormones, showing free (active) hormone, and hormone "bound" (inactivated) to serum proteins. In saliva, the amount of hormone is all free--there are no serum proteins to bind with. ...Read more

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I found out that I have low fasting cortisol 111 nmol/l , does that mean all my adrenal hormones are low?

I found out that I have low fasting cortisol 111 nmol/l , does that mean all my adrenal hormones are low?

WHile your: Result is low, one abnormal test doesn't make a diagnosis. It needs to be repeated with an 8am blood cortisol at a quality lab and correlated with historical and physical exam data (plus potentially other lab tests) by your physician. Besides, the other adrenal hormones are controlled by different mechanisms than cortisol. ...Read more

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Recent tests showed my 9am plasma cortisol level was high (644 nmo/L ref range 170 - 550nml/L) and 11pm salivary cortisol normal. What can this mean?

Recent tests showed my 9am plasma cortisol level was high (644 nmo/L ref range 170 - 550nml/L) and 11pm salivary cortisol normal. What can this mean?

Stress: Chronic stress can cause elevated cortisol--although it could also be due to your diabetes. I suggest DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone), 25 mg in the morning. DHEA should help to normalize your cortisol, and help you handle stress. I also suggest 1,000 mg mastic gum (available on line or from a health food store) for your abdominal distress--may be able to discontinue Rabeprazole. ...Read more