Causes Of The Hormone Cortisol Is Abnormal And Lack Of Potassium?
Good afternoon, thanks for asking at HealthReplies.com. Cortisol is a hormone in the body that has a number of important roles, from controlling feelings, fear, blood pressure, blood sugar, inflammation, carbohydrate metabolism, fat, protein, and the sleep cycle. The part of your body that secretes this hormone is a gland called the adrenal gland, which is located above your two kidneys. If your mother endures pain, feels stressed, and there is an inflammatory process occurring in her body, her cortisol levels can increase, and treatment must be taken at the source of the problem.
Then a condition where potassium in the body is low is called a hypokalemia state. Potassium basically plays a role in the performance of the nerves and heart muscle. So that when a person's potassium levels are very low, various disorders can occur such as paralysis or abnormal heart rhythms.
Both the cortisol and potassium levels in the body can experience abnormalities for a variety of different things. For example, cortisol levels can be too high due to Cushing's syndrome, brain tumors, adrenal gland tumors, and stress or inflammation conditions. Lack of potassium can also occur due to Cushing's syndrome, but it can also occur due to long-term use of laxatives, side effects of blood pressure-lowering drugs, Bartter's syndrome, and so on. All of these reasons must be carried out by direct inspection before it can be determined.
So that in your mother's case, the cause of your mother's abnormal cortisol and potassium levels can only be answered by a specialist who treats your mother directly. Even if the levels are still not normal, then what you can do is between seeking a second opinion from another internal medicine specialist or returning to control for further evaluation. This is important because diseases that can cause abnormalities in potassium and cortisol levels do require ongoing treatment and require drugs that cannot be bought freely. Meanwhile, what you can also do is keep your mother living a healthy lifestyle by staying away from stress, avoiding cigarette smoke, drinking lots of water, eating vegetables, fruits and getting enough rest. I wish your mother a speedy recovery.
That's all, hope it helps.