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Thursday, February 02, 2006

Cortisol & Obesity

If you've watched late night television you're seen supplements that target cortisol and report the ability to help with weight loss.

Cortisol is an adrenal hormone stimulated by ACTH from the pituitary and is related strongly with helping the body cope with stress.

While its true that people who suffer from Cushing's Syndrome (inappropriately high ACTH and Cortisol levels) display strange weight gain and distribution changes, now there's more evidence that lowering cortisol levels does little as a diet treatment. Which further exemplifies why getting your medical information from late night TV is a little shady.

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