Cortisol

Tracey G. Ingram, AuD

What your earwax could reveal about your stress levels

Cortisol, which is made in the adrenal glands, is commonly known as the stress hormone. It’s crucial for helping your body deal with stressful situations. But too much cortisol for prolonged periods can lead to all sorts of health problems including high blood pressure, fatigue and type 2 diabetes. Here’s what to watch for, how to balance it and an interesting way to measure it.

Joyce Hollman

3 things loneliness does to your body that leads to disease

Feeling lonely and being alone are very different things. Loneliness is a strong predictor of the onset of type 2 diabetes. Loneliness also elevates blood pressure and blood sugar and puts us at greater risk of early death than either obesity or alcoholism. Loneliness isn’t a weakness, it’s a health warning to heed…

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Cortisol: The forgotten blood sugar trigger

The pandemic has caused stress for all of us. Whether your worry is about the virus itself, finances, or getting used to the “new normal,” anxiety levels are soaring. If you have diabetes, you should know that stress is an often forgotten trigger that can send your blood sugar levels through the roof as well…