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How to Get Your Cortisol Production Under Control

How to Get Your Cortisol Production Under Control

When most people think of hormone imbalances, they think of estrogen and testosterone, but those aren’t the only hormones that can go rogue and cause problems.

Your adrenal glands, which sit above your kidneys, produce the hormone cortisol in response to stress and danger and to rev up your metabolism, control your blood pressure, and reduce inflammation. 

When you have too much or not enough cortisol, you experience significant symptoms and may develop an adrenal disease or disorder. That’s when you need the help of our adrenal disease experts. 

At The Endocrine Center in Houston, Texas, our board-certified specialists have many years of experience diagnosing and treating conditions that disrupt normal hormone production. Here, we explain what happens when your cortisol levels are too high or too low and how to get them under control. 

Signs that you may have a cortisol imbalance

The pituitary gland in your brain sends a signal to your adrenal glands to produce cortisol. When your cortisol level is off, it may indicate a problem with either your pituitary gland or your adrenal glands. The problem might also stem from an infection, a tumor, or even certain prescription medications. 

Symptoms of too much cortisol

Consistently high levels of cortisol can take a toll on your body. You may experience:

Cushing’s disease and Cushing’s syndrome occur when you have hypercortisolism, or too much cortisol. These conditions are rare but treatable.

Symptoms of too little cortisol

An inadequate cortisol supply also leads to negative effects. You may experience:

Addison’s disease occurs when your adrenal glands reduce or stop their cortisol production. 

How to control cortisol production

The best treatment to get your cortisol production under control depends on the underlying cause of the problem. If cancer or a tumor is causing your symptoms, for example, you may need radiation therapy and surgery.

If you have Cushing’s disease related to a steroid medication you take, you may need to stop taking that medication under our supervision. We often treat Addison’s disease with hydrocortisone to supplement your cortisol supply and fludrocortisone to replace another hormone, aldosterone, that also typically wanes with Addison’s. 

The effects of too much or too little cortisol can be fatal over time, so don’t ignore the signs. We can diagnose the root cause of your imbalance and get your cortisol production back on track. 

Contact The Endocrine Center today by calling any of our three Houston locations or booking an appointment online.

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