Our expert says:
Adrenal disorders such as Addison's disease and Cushing's syndrome can cause abnormal cortisone levels, pituitary gland growths can also cause increased cortisol levels. Pregnancy, physical and emotional stress, and illness can increase cortisol levels. Cortisol levels may also increase as a result of an overactive thyroid or obesity. Drugs that increase levels are oral contraceptives (birth control pills), hydrocortisone, and spironolactone. An underactive thyroid may decrease cortisol levels. Drugs that may decrease levels include steroid hormones.
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