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High Cortisol
Posted by: Donna
Date: February 13, 2002 8:07 PM

What can I take to lower my chronically elevated cortisol ? 24 hour urine cortisol testing has repeatedly been high over the years, and my doctor just ignores it. However, I have put on much body fat (5' 5" 122lbs. and 38% body fat) from the cortisol causing fat storage and muscle loss. Would DHEA supplementation help? Any other suggestions?



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RE: High Cortisol
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: February 13, 2002 9:29 PM

Of course raising cortisol levels is easy, we simply supplement. There is an experimental drug which has checkered reports on lowering cortisol, but it is not available anyway. The real question is: why is your cortisol high? While stress is the most common cause, there are several tumors which need to be ruled in or out. I suggest you find a doctor who will take your problem with cortisol a little more seriously. As to DHEA, supplementation would make a difference only if your levels are low.



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RE: High Cortisol
Posted by: Donna
Date: February 14, 2002 7:02 PM

Chronic elevation (per MD) probably due to hypothalamic-pituitary axis feedback loop dysregulation after years of severe stress, in addition to history of bulimia. (Recovered.) Also I have history of normal pressure Hydrocephalous (? etiology) with slightly displaced Hypothalamus, and kinking of Pituitary stalk. However, MD and Neurologist both say elevated Cortisol unrelated. Checked for Pheochromocytoma and found negative. They have thrown up their hands, meanwhile, cortisol a elevated with its negative emotional/physical effects. DHEA dosen't balance out an elevated Cortisol? I was told it did. (My serum DHEA was low.) Any other suggestions?



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RE: High Cortisol
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: February 14, 2002 8:23 PM

If DHEA is low, your doc will probably recommend supplementation. I don't know everything, but I have no knowledge that DHEA is a specific counterbalance to Cortisol. Let me know if you find out otherwise.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at April 21, 2008 3:15 AM by Dr. Kennedy.



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