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Adrenal Insufficiency

Cortisol is a hormone made by the adrenal (ah-dree-nal) glands (located just above your kidneys). Cortisol is a steroid hormone that is needed for the body to live.

It helps the body to maintain your blood sugar level and handle physical stress, such as infection or trauma. 

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Medicine Replaces Cortisol

When to Give a ‘Stress Dose’

To Control Blood Pressure


Last Updated: 06/2012