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Chronic Stress and Hormone Disruption

Chronic stress alters hormone production, transport, and processing. Understanding the steroidogenic pathways offers potential interventions.

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What Do Cortisol Curves Tell Us About Health?

As incidence of intense stress in America has remained high, so too has the prevalence of many chronic illnesses. Understanding the factors that affect cortisol secretion can inform appropriate treatment interventions for stress-related disorders. In both healthy and clinical populations, a flattened cortisol curve has been robustly associated with a shorter lifespan and negative health indicators.

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Nutrition and Impacts on Hormone Signaling

Understanding potential nutrition-hormone relationships, including hormone signaling sensitivity, is a key part of the Functional Medicine approach to hormonal dysfunction. Are tissues and cells more resistant or more sensitive to hormones based on specific nutrients, dietary patterns, or overall nutrition?

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Assessing the Cortisol Curve

Research indicates that a flattened cortisol curve statistically predicted poor survival time in patients with metastatic breast cancer and correlated with mortality from all causes, including cardiovascular deaths.

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