How to determine if you have high cortisol levels

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Cortisol is a hormone that affects men and women very differently. Here, Dr. Marianne Legato shares what symptoms in females may indicate high cortisol levels.

Transcript I think chronic fatigue, a sense of loss of enjoyment of life should be looked at by a primary care physician to see whether or not there is any evidence that the adrenal gland, which combats stress in us and maintains our salt and water metabolism and our sugar metabolism, is all in order. So I think an elevated blood sugar might be a signal that there is too much cortisol, and high blood pressure is another indication that there might be too much cortisol circulating.
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  • Dr. Marianne J Legato

    Dr. Marianne J Legato Professor of Clinical Medicine, Columbia University Dr. Marianne J. Legato is an academic physician, author, lecturer and specialist in women's health. She's Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and Founder/Director of the Partnership for Women’s Health. more about this expert »

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