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Cortisol and Belly Fat

As we know our own internal hormonal imbalances can dictate where we store body fat. Biosignature modulation suggests that those who store a higher percentage of their fat on their middle are, or have been, exposed to high levels of the hormone Cortisol. Cortisol is excreted by the adrenal glands as response to stress, it acts like a low grade adrenaline. This could be psychological stress, for example trying to meet a deadline at work or physiological stress such as poor sleep patterns, too much caffeine or food intolerances. In response to these ‘stressful situations’, cortisol fires glucose into the bloodstream and prepares the body to ‘fight’ or ‘flight’ to deal with the perceived threat, the only problem with this response is that our daily modern stressors do not require the sudden rise in blood sugar because we no longer have to run away from dangerous mammals or have to chase our food like our paleo ancestors. Chronic exposure to stress and cortisol will lead to increased belly fat and insulin resistance, and over time can develop into type 2 diabetes.

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