Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Adrenal Gland Failure Cortisol

Cortisol causes increased blood glucose levels. This balances the effect of insulin, which causes the body to use glucose.

Other functions of cortisol include:

  • Helping the body supply nutrients needed during times of stress
  • Maintaining blood pressure and heart function
  • Regulating the body's use of protein, carbohydrate, and fats

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Last Updated: Apr 16, 2007 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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