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Mellitox  pressure levels (cortisol narrows the arteries while the epinephrine increases heart rate) acne or other changes in the skin higher rates for bone fractures and osteoporosis (cortisol can lower hormones like estrogen, which are important for bone health) muscle aches and pains changes in libido due to changes in estrogen or decreased testosterone excessive thirst increased urination higher susceptibility to infections (the stress response can lower immune system functions) Causes of High Cortisol Levels Wondering what underlying conditions could be contributing to your high cortisol levels? Cortisol tends to go up as perceived stress goes up, so anything that triggers a negative mind states — things like anxiety, worry, anger or frustration — contributes to high cortisol levels. Medication use, inflammation, poor sleep and a poor diet can also trigger high cortisol levels by altering hormonal s and negatively .
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