What are some effects of increased cortisol level?
Weight gain/truncal obesity
Inflammation/Immune System is suppressed
Sodium and water retention
growth failure in children
altered mood, behavior, and cognition
Suppresses bone formation and decreases calcium absorption (Osteoporosis)
Catabolic effects on bone, connective tissue, and muscle (loss of connective tissue, thin skin, easy bruising, development of abdominal striae, impaired wound healing)