Here are more interesting facts about cortisol and its effect on our weight …
Cortisol is a stress hormone that helps the body cope with stress .
It provides glucose for the body by facilitating gluconeogenesis in the liver . If it’s elevated state persists this can lead to increased blood sugar .
Cortisol actually suppresses the release of insulin so that the glucose remains in the bloodstream by practically making the cells insulin resistant . This causes the prancreas to release more insulin to meet up with the demands of the cells .
Usually after a prolonged period of time the pancreas no longer copes with the demand for insulin .
How does Cortisol cause Abdominal fats ?
Cortisol causes the mobilization of triglycerides in storage to visceral areas usually deep to the abdominal muscles . Interestingly the visceral fat cells have more cortisol receptors than subcutaneous fats together with the fact the the enzyme needed to convert cortisone to cortisol is more abundant in the visceral fat cells .
Cortisol can also cause weight gain because it’s suppression of insulin makes cells energy starved . This leads to a hunger brain signal to try to feed these starved cells with energy .
Cortisol also binds to receptors in the hypothalamus to increase appetite and perceived hunger while it also modulates several hormones to increase craving for high calorie foods…