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What is the role of cortisol in the body?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Cortisol plays several important roles. This is the reason that excessive cortisol is so dangerous in Cushing's syndrome. Cortisol regulates metabolism and blood pressure. Additionally, it is the companion to insulin. Insulin decreases blood sugar, and cortisol raises it.

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