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HPA Axis: Cortisol <ul><li>“ Stress Science Of Emotion: From Neurotransmitters to Social Networks

HPA Axis: Cortisol “ Stress hormone” (steroid) secreted by the adrenal glands Regulates BP, CV function, secretion of insulin, and fat deposition Normal diurnal variation with highest levels near 8-9am and lowest levels near midnight. Often higher with depression, alcohol abuse, anxiety Addison’s (decreased cortisol) and Cushing’s disease (increased cortisol)

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