Is Cortisol Bad? No! Cortisol has a beneficial effect on the body. Your body was designed to react to survival situations, stressful events, by dramatically increasing the levels of this hormone, what some doctors are now calling "The Death Hormone".
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In previous centuries, this mechanism enabled people to "bulk-up" on foods that would sustain them during times when food is scarce; however, in modern times and industrialized nations, when food is rarely scarce, this previously adaptive mechanism causes excess weight gain. Particularly around the thighs and Mid-Section.