what does it mean when your cortisol levels are low

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

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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
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Dr. Philip A. Kern answered:

What does it mean when your cortisol level in your blood is low?

Addison's disease

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A very low cortisol could be Addison’s disease, but this is relatively rare, and “low cortisol” is way over-diagnosed; the term “adrenal fatigue” is sometimes used, which is a fake diagnosis. If someone says you have this, see an Endocrinologist for confirmation.
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Dr. David Sneid answered:

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

WHile your

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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.
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What does "feminizing" hormones mean? Male with high dhea, E1,E3 , progesterone and low cortisol. Testosterone lower limits

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Estrogen(female hormone) and testosterone ( male hormone) are produced by male and female. Testosterone is predominant in male. Increased estrogen in male is usually caused by faulty metabolism of Testosterone. Increased estrogen can cause prostate problems as well as lead to prostate cancer . TMG ( trimethylglycine ) will healp with metabolism of T. Google: "Adrenal fatigue" good luck!
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Dr. David Sneid answered:

What does it mean to high cortisol in the AM and normal cortisol level in the PM? I have been struggling with weight gain for over a year now.

It depends

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upon what "high" means. It's most likely normal since it falls to normal in the pm. See you doctor if you have questions. He can easily do an overnight suppression test as an outpt.
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Dr. Dan E. Fisher answered:

Blood test shows cortisol 1.29 microgr. what does it mean?

Can't tell

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Hormones including cortisol are secreted in a pulsatile fashion depending on a variety of internal and external stimuli. Only the doc who ordered this test can understand its implications.
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What can high pm cortisol levels mean?

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There are many different causes of high cortisol. I will mention one- stress. Usually cortisol is high in am and low in pm. Recent studies are showing woman in the workforce having higher pm cortisol levels associated with job stress. Other causes of high pm cortisol should be addressed by your doctor.
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Dr. Randy S. Baker answered:

What does high cortisol blood level mean?

Stress

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Cortisol is produced by our adrenal glands and we release more cortisol in response to stress. This could be either emotional stress or physiological stress such as low blood sugar, allergic reactions, toxic exposures etc. Rarely it could be a sign of Cushing's Disease (hyperadrenalism) or an adrenal tumor but this is unlikely, A holistic doctor may help you determine the source of stress.
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Dr. David Geffner answered:

My cortisol level was 15.3 ug/dl. What does this mean?

Depends

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When it was done. Cortisol levels are higher in the AM (15.3 would be normal) then in the PM (This level would be too high for the PM) Ask your doctor why he/she drew it in the first place.
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Dr. Philip A. Kern answered:

just wondering what it means to have low cortisol levels. ?

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In normal people cortisol goes up and down throughout the day, although it is higher in AM than in PM. Therefore, it is hard to define what is "low". An afternoon cortisol of 5 may be perfectly normal. Adrenal failure is called Addison's disease and is dangerous, but a random cortisol usually cannot be used to diagnose Addision's. An ACTH stim test may be needed if this diagnosis is considered.
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