Elisha Injeti, Ph.D.
stress, hypothalamic pituitary, cortisol
Cortisol is a versatile hormone that possesses both catabolic and anabolic functions in the body, such as increasing the blood glucose levels through gluconeogenesis and metabolizing carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.1234 Cortisol levels are controlled by communication of the hyptothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axix (HPA axis). Plasma concentration of cortisol adheres to a diurnal rhythm, meaning that cortisol levels are highest in the morning and taper off throughout the day.
Granger, Amy; Henry, Allison; Lilliencrantz, Lauren; Smith, Amanda; Srnis, Paul; Van Schepen, William; and Injeti, Elisha R., "Effects of Physical Stress and Maturational Changes on Hypothalamic Pituitary Adrenal Axis Function Through Cortisol Analysis" (2012). Pharmacy and Nursing Student Research and Evidence-Based Medicine Poster Session. 3.
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