Cycle 2 – Module 2 – Lecture 1 – Cortisol Diagnosis

This must-to-attend video presents facts on the essentiality of cortisol not only to feel good and be healthy but also to stay alive.

In the session, information is given on the daily cortisol production, the age-related dysfunction of the hypothalamo-pituitary- adrenal-cortisol axis, and the age-related decline in glucocorticoid receptors in the target cells. Data is given that suggests the high frequency of cortisol deficiency.

The diagnosis of cortisol deficiency is based on patient’s answers to questionnaires and an interview on personal antecedents, psychological and physical complaints of cortisol deficiency, and presence of adverse factors, events, and diseases that are facilitated by cortisol deficiency, and laboratory tests.

An overview with scientific references is given on the various diseases that are associated with low cortisol levels from burnout and chronic fatigue syndrome to bulimia, Alzheimer’s disease to multiple sclerosis, to infections, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and higher mortality, and many more.

Extensive information is given on the physical signs of cortisol deficiency prenatally (in utero), in childhood, in early and late adulthood: hyperpigmentation and inflammatory signs, at the level of the skin, face, lips, gums, joints, on the scalp hair, face, trunk, abdomen, hands and feet, etc.

Special attention is provided on which laboratory tests to request: serum, saliva, 24-hour urine, and how to interpret them in function of the reference range with an overview of studies showing low serum cortisol tests within the reference range associated with disease.

+| This course is composed of : 1 video, 1 PDF presentation, 1 PDF with the references, 1 quiz.

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