Due to current lifestyles increasingly involving professional and personal stress, cortisol levels are often not within the normal range. In addition, various medical conditions and medication can lead to deviations in cortisol levels.
Cortisol is particularly important for the body, as is shown by the fact that a breakdown in cortisol secretion can be life threatening. Cortisol is formed in the adrenal cortex and has a wide-ranging effect on the body. In the case of metabolism, it has a particularly significant effect on carbohydrate balance, fat metabolism and protein utilisation. It also has inflammation-reducing and immunosuppressive (insulating) effects.