Cycle 2 – Module 2 – Lecture 1 – Cortisol Diagnosis (2h12)

During the session, you’ll learn about the daily production of cortisol, age-related changes in the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal-cortisol axis, and the decline in glucocorticoid receptors in target cells as we age. We’ll discuss compelling data indicating a high prevalence of cortisol deficiency.

Diagnosing cortisol deficiency relies on patient responses to questionnaires and interviews covering personal history, psychological and physical symptoms associated with cortisol deficiency, as well as exposure to adverse factors, events, and diseases exacerbated by cortisol deficiency. Laboratory tests complement these evaluations.

Explore a comprehensive overview of diseases linked to low cortisol levels, including burnout, chronic fatigue syndrome, bulimia, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, infections, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and increased mortality rates, among others.

The presentation delves into physical signs of cortisol deficiency across various life stages, from prenatal development to adulthood, encompassing hyperpigmentation, inflammation markers, and manifestations on the skin, face, lips, gums, joints, scalp, trunk, abdomen, hands, and feet.

Special emphasis is placed on recommended laboratory tests—serum, saliva, and 24-hour urine—and how to interpret results within reference ranges. Additionally, we discuss studies highlighting instances where low serum cortisol levels within the reference range are associated with disease.

This course includes 1 video, 1 PDF presentation, 1 PDF with references, and 1 quiz.

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In this 2h12 lecture, discover essential insights into the vital role of cortisol in maintaining optimal health and well-being.

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