Cortisol: what is it, function, normal values and alterations
- Morning: 5 to 25 µg / dL;
- End of the day: less than 10 mcg / dL.
- At very high levels it can reach 80 μg / dl.
- Weight gain
- Loss of muscle mass
- Increase in blood sugar
- Increased blood pressure
- Increased thirst and urinary frequency
- Memory lapsus
- Difficulty in learning
- Little growth
- Decrease in testosterone
- Decreased libido
- Irregular menstruation
- Increased probability of suffering from osteoporosis
7 science-backed ways to lower cortisol
7.- Dark chocolate!!!
Believe it or not, dark chocolate keeps cortisol levels stable. A 2019 study published in the journal Antioxidants suggests that consuming just 25 grams of dark chocolate each day may lower overall cortisol levels.