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I have low cortisol levels, though not Addison disease. How may they treat it?

I have low cortisol levels, though not Addison disease.  How may they treat it?

Many options: I don't know how your docs may treat but I'd advise adrenal supporting herbs like Ashwagandha, Rhodiola & Cordyceps, reducing stress (both physical & emotional), healthy low-glycemic diet, adequate rest & meditation. Treat any infections (including chronic low-grade ones) & avoid allergens/allergenic foods (often undiagnosed). Consider adrenal glandular extracts. See http://www.adrenalfatigue.org/ ...Read more

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Cortisol Level (Definition)

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 ...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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If cortisol was 17 within the first 3 hrs of waking, non fasting, then 33 an hour after stim, is that normal or borderline?

If cortisol was 17 within the first 3 hrs of waking, non fasting, then 33 an hour after stim, is that normal or borderline?

Yes.: Your Base line serum cortisol of 17 is normal and after stim test it should go up by 100% - 34, and yours is 33 which is close to or almost 100%. ...Read more

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What is a cortisol swab test used for?

What is a cortisol swab test used for?

Adrenal/Pituitary: A cortisol swab test is used to determine cortisol levels in the saliva. This is to help identify if cortisol levels are being effected by diseases such as cushing's, addison's, or other pituitary or adrenal insufficiency. Multiple swabs are taken in order determine oscillating levels. If these are abnormal, a physician will do other tests to confirm the etiology of the cortisol level discrepancy. ...Read more

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Can I test my cortisol levels if I am taking hc?

Can I test my cortisol levels if I am taking hc?

No: If you are taking Hydrocortisone you cannot measure a cortisol lvel. You would need to hold your hc before getting blood drawn. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: cortisol level?

What is the definition or description of: cortisol level?

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. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your cortisol level is very abnormally low?

Collection time ?: Well it depends on the time of when your cortisol level was checked. Maximal level of cortisol is usually between 5:00a-8:00am with the lowest (nadir) levels being after 5pm (almost zero level by bedtime). If your having symptoms such as malaise, increased napping, headaches, stomach ache or low bs, you may have adrenal insufficiency and will need referral to an endocrinologist for further testing. ...Read more

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Can I regulate my cortisol levels?

Can I regulate my cortisol levels?

Cortisol Levels: Cortisol is naturally regulated in the body by organs called adrenal glands. However, cortisol is released in response to stress, so one way to decrease cortisol levels is to remove stress from your life when possible. It sounds simple, but relaxing by doing yoga, meditating etc. Can be very helpful. Another way to keep cortisol levels down is avoiding caffeine and sugar, which both increase it. ...Read more

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What causes high cortisol levels?

What causes high cortisol levels?

Stress: Cortisol is a stress hormone, released by your adrenal cortex when needed to combat stress. Cortisol has anti-inflammatory properties. The stress that causes cortisol release can be immune system stress, hormonal imbalances, nervous system stress, poor diet....Anything that your body perceives as being harmful can cause release of cortisol. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if my cortisol has been high , will it go down randomly and up and down again?

Unclear: Your question is not clear. Has someone been checking your cortisol level, or are you describing how you feel? Cortisol is a hormone that normal fluctuates throughout the day, and related to physical stress. These are normal responses and don't necessarily mean that anything is wrong. ...Read more

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